Rev. Peter DeFazio is Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage and Pastor of the South Boston Catholic Collaborative.
Here is a little bit of my background: I am native of Waltham & Watertown, Massachusetts. I attended Sacred Heart Parish in Waltham as a child. After a career in labor law enforcement, I entered Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary. I was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on May 24, 2014. But I think what is really relevant to those reading this is my faith journey. When I was working in downtown Boston, years before entering the seminary, I frequented inner city shrines. St. Leonard's in the North End, St. Joe's in the West End, and especially St. Anthony's in Downtown Crossing. In many ways, these churches were a lifeline to me, keeping me connected to my faith. I know what it is like to be immersed in a secular world, full of distractions and sensory gratification, relying upon the oasis of faith that a downtown Boston shrine can offer. A place to say a prayer, light a candle, perhaps go to confession, purchase a Mass card, go to Mass, and discover the peace of Eucharistic Adoration. If you want to write me, you can leave me a note at E-Mail Fr Peter
I am grateful to the Cardinal for the privilege of serving the people of South Boston and South Boston’s Seaport. I am humbled at being named the Rector of this wonderful community at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine.
Since arriving in Southie, I had assisted at OLGV. Confessions. Weddings. Masses. Adoration. What a vibrant community this is, filled with so many people devoted to deepening their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and His Church. Like all faith communities, we have been hit hard by the Corona pandemic. But we are determined to continue practical safety guidelines while continuing to make the Sacraments, devotions, and ongoing faith formation available to people.
Together, let us continue to keep our eyes on Jesus who will bring us through the dark time and help us to build this worship community.