Stephen hails from St. Cecilia parish in Leominster, MA and brings with him 20 years experience in Catholic education, with stops along the way as a teacher at Notre Dame High (Fitchburg, MA); Catholic Schools Public Policy Advocate (Executive Director, Parents Alliance for Catholic Education); Superintendent of Catholic Schools (Diocese of Worcester); and was Senior Director of the Alliance for Catholic Education Consulting at the University of Notre Dame. He also served 12 years in public office, including Mayor of Leominster! He is the father of three adult children and is a proud grandfather of six. “My decision to pursue ordination to the priesthood has been inspired by a deep love for the Eucharist and the Church. This journey has been, and continues to be, blessed and nurtured by many family members, friends, priests and religious who have enriched my life. Their encouragement and affirmation to respond to God’s call has profoundly moved me. I am especially grateful to Sr. Kathleen Carr, CSJ, a long-time Catholic school colleague, for her deep friendship, amazing witness to the Gospel, and steadfast commitment to assisting me with truly discern.