Parish Staff

Fr John UnniReverend John J. Unni, Pastor

Fr. John Unni grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts. Before committing his life to God, Fr. John English at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End and ran his own landscaping business. He attended St. John Seminary in Brighton, where he earned a Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston in June 1992. For the past fourteen years, he has been pastor of Saint Cecilia Parish where he has geared his ministry toward a commitment to education, health, and spiritual growth, especially for those who are marginalized and impoverished. When he’s not celebrating Mass, Fr. John keeps busy by serving on the Board of Directors of Pine Street Inn, Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, Saint Cecilia’s House, a residence for seniors of limited income in the Fenway, and St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, which tends to the health care and educational needs of the poor in Haiti.

Mary Kaye, Pastoral Director of Operations

Mary Kaye is originally from Bayside, Queens NY but has lived all over the country. Now she and her family have settled down in Wellesley where they’ve lived for the past 11 years. Mary began working for Saint Cecilia in June of 2016 as the Pastoral Director of Operations. Mary helps run all aspects of the parish in order to free Father John up to do his spiritual work. She loves to ski, exercise, sing, and attend musicals. Her favorite movie musical is “Singin’ in the Rain” and her favorite Broadway Musical is “Nunsense!”. She’s done a host of things from being a Navy pilot to United Airlines pilot, to a Director of Training for Campbell Soup Co. to a Director of Staffing for GE to VP of Leadership and Strategy for Diageo, then to owning her own business. In between it all she has been a mother and a wife. Those two “jobs” have been her favorite, and given her a wealth of experiences and skills that she brings here to our parish!

Mark DonohoeMark Donohoe, Pastoral Associate for Administration

Mark Donohoe has been an active parishioner at Saint Cecilia since 1989. He finally took the plunge and moved from volunteer to full-time employee in 1994. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, he also received a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College and is a certified pastoral associate. In this role, he is involved in all things liturgical and sacramental and is the go-to person for baptisms, weddings, annulments, and funerals. He is also the Business Manager, responsible for the day-to-day financial operation of the parish.

Scott J. MacDonaldScott MacDonald, Director of Faith Formation and Leadership Development

Scott MacDonald was raised in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He had been part of the Saint Cecilia community for many years, but began officially working for Saint Cecilia in 1997 as Director of Faith Formation. Scott’s position is composed of three parts: Faith Formation, Parish Visibility, and Development of Lay Ministerial Leadership. While there are multiple facets to his career at Saint Cecilia, he most prefers his role as the director of faith formation because he enjoys joining each person on their journey to developing a deeper faith in Jesus Christ. In an earlier life Scott was the caterer for the Hasty Pudding Club at Harvard and he also did private. In his free time he enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music. He most enjoys reading thought provoking articles that inspire discussion amongst peers and munching on some macaroons.

Jeanne BrunoJeanne Bruno, Coordinator of Pastoral Outreach

Jeanne Bruno joined the Saint Cecilia staff in 2013 after many years as a parishioner. She felt called to parish ministry as she transitioned from a decade of work as a hospice chaplain. The foundation for Jeanne’s chaplaincy began with her first job in the Peace Corp (Brasil) and was built on the decades of the work she adored in the city’s gritty neighborhoods providing education, health and housing services. Jeanne’s current role is Coordinator of Pastoral Outreach with the oversight of 30 CARES ministers who visit elders and those facing challenges in our parish. In addition, she provides staff support to many ministries, offers individual Spiritual Direction, and supports the re-activation of the Saint Cecilia House Board. In her free time, Jeanne savors time with her family, and playing in the mud of her garden and pottery classes as she marvels at the fruits of the Spirit’s creation.

Richard J. ClarkRichard J. Clark, Director of Music and Organist was born in Greenwich Village, NYC, and grew up in Long Island, NY. He currently lives in Milton with his wife and four children. He has served Saint Cecilia Parish as organist since 1989 and as Director of Music since 1992. He oversees all liturgical music in the parish and the Saint Cecilia Concert Series. As a composer, his liturgical, choral, and organ works are widely published having been performed on four continents. His eclectic appearances include St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NY), Saint-Eustache (Paris), the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.), the Celebrity Series of Boston, Fenway Park, and the New York Songwriters Circle at NYC’s historic “The Bitter End.” Richard also currently serves Boston College and the Jesuit Community as Chapel Organist and Cantor at Saint Mary’s Chapel. Furthermore, he has served the Archdiocese of Boston in numerous liturgical projects, conferences, and liturgies. Richard is an avid sports fan, wasting hours of time listening to sports radio and most any baseball game.

Lisa Pickering, Events & Facilities Manager

Lisa Pickering started at Saint Cecilia in February of 2016 and feels truly blessed to part of this thriving community. Her responsibilities include facility management and coordinating and executing the parish events. Before joining our parish, Lisa worked for Catholic Charities in a family shelter for three and half years where she managed the office and facilities. While busy raising her family she managed to take on a variety of jobs as a working mom including cleaning disabled adults homes, restaurant manager, and pharmacy technician. Lisa and her husband Ralph have been married for 25 years and have 4 children and a 2-year-old grandson. Lisa and her family live in Hull where she enjoys cooking for family and friends.

Leah Bennett , Administrative Coordinator

A recent transplant to Boston, Leah grew up in bucolic Maine and feels so fortunate to have found such a warm, generous, and welcoming community here at Saint Cecilia.  If you call the parish office, or visit during the week you’ll meet Leah, eager to help you get what you need! She also spends lots of time each week coordinating and arranging the bulletin, and many other “behind the scenes” tasks that help keep things running at Saint Cecilia. Leah also loves to travel, and calls Kakamega, Kenya a second home. There she is involved with an organization, Friends of Kakamega, that works to support the education and well-being of orphans and vulnerable young people. Even before she joined the staff at Saint Cecilia in January of 2018, Leah has always gravitated towards jobs or service opportunities that aim to strengthen the community, much like the wider mission of this parish. She hopes to get more involved with the many ministries at Saint Cecilia that are so in tune with the varied needs of the Greater Boston area.

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