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Father David O'Leary

Reverend David M. O’Leary, S.T.L., D.Phil.


Incarnation Parish

Melrose/Saugus/Wakefield, MA




1999 Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.)

  Concentration: Medical & Theological Ethics

 University of Oxford, Christ Church, Oxford England

 Dissertation: “The Roman Catholic Perspective on the Morality of

 Withdrawing or Withholding Food and Fluid Administered to an

 Individual in the Persistent Vegetative State”


1990 Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)

 Concentration: Moral Theology/Catholic Social Ethics

 Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (now called

 Boston College School of Theology & Ministry)



1986 Master of Education (M.Ed.)

 Concentration: Religious Education

 Boston College Institute of Religious Education & Pastoral Ministry

 Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


1985 Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

 Concentration: Systematic Theology & New Testament

 Saint John Seminary School of Theology

 Boston, Massachusetts


1981 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

 Concentration: Philosophy & History

 St. John Seminary College

 Boston, Massachusetts


1995 Certificate in Spiritual Direction from

 Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation &

  St. Mary’s Seminary & University

 Baltimore, Maryland


1982 Certificate in Alcohol Counseling/Substance Abuse

 Boston College School of Social Work

 Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts




September 2014, Appointed Administrator, Incarnation Parish, Melrose, MA

October 2013, Appointed Temporary Administrator, St. Anne’s Readville, MA

October 2012 Appointed Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick Parish Natick, Ma

2012 Appointed Temporary Administrator of Saint Margaret Church, Burlington, MA

2011 Appointed Temporary Administrator of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Medford

2004 Appointed 1st Rector, Saint Anselm Rectorate, Sudbury, MA

2002-2011 University Chaplain, Tufts University. Report directly to the President of the

 University, responsible for the spiritual & religious life at all Tufts’ campuses;

 Medford/Somerville, Boston & Grafton. Director of historic Goddard

 Chapel with a budget of over $900,000. Director of the Tufts Interfaith Center.

 Senior Lecturer in the Religion & International Relations, member of the   

  Core Faculty for the International Relations Program,

 Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Tufts University School of Medicine,

 Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston Campus, and at the

 Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton Campus.

 Chair of the Social, Behavioral & Educational, Institution Review Board for

 Human Subject testing for the Medford Campus and member of the

  IRB at Tufts Medical Center, Boston Campus.                                                                                                                                                                 

 Courses: “Religions & International Relations”, “Religions, Money &

 Sex”, “Mystics & Mysticism in World Religions”, “Catholicism”,

 “Roman Catholic Moral & Social Teachings”, “Catholicism in

 Crisis”, “Interfaith & Interreligious Dialogue”, “Medical & Research Ethics”,  

  “Introduction to Religion” and “The United Nations & Religions”.


1998-02 Catholic Chaplain & Director of the Catholic Center at Tufts University


1995-98 Assistant Professor of Moral Theology/Sexual Ethics/Spirituality

Saint Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore Maryland

Courses: “Human Sexuality, Marriage & Celibacy”, “Catholic Social Teachings”, “Medical & Moral Issues”, and “Pastoral Catechetics

Other duties: Spiritual Director, Formation Team member, Retreat Leader,

Director of the academic program for the Permanent Diaconate Program


1993-95 Parochial Vicar & Director of Adult Education

Saint Theresa’s Parish, North Reading, Massachusetts


1991-93 Parochial Vicar & Director of Religious Education

Saint Augustine’s Parish, South Boston, Massachusetts


1985-91 Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception Parish, Everett, MA


1977-85 Ministry positions while a full time seminarian:


1984-85 Deacon Intern, Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden, MA


1983-84 Substance Abuse Counselor, St. John/St.Hugh, Roxbury, MA


1982-83 Group Therapy Co-Leader & Case Worker, Brigham & Women’s

Hospital & Kenmore Square De-Tox, Boston, MA


1981-82 Researcher, Writer & Film Editor, Office of Religious Education,

Archdiocese of Boston, Brighton, MA


1980-81 Director – Special Education Program, St. John Seminary College


1977-81 Special Education Teacher, St. John’s Seminary College





2012 Ethicist – Endosolutions, New Medical Engineering Company, Marshfield, MA


2008 Catholic TV – 13 shows for broadcast/podcast on “Catholic Citizenship”


2007 Medical Ethicist - Saint Patrick’s Manor, Natick, MA.


2007 Bio-ethics Consultant- Synta Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA.


2006 Boston Catholic TV – 11 shows for broadcast on “Praying with the Scriptures”

 and “Understanding the Bible”.


2005 Elected to 2nd three year term to the Board of Ministry, Memorial Church,

 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


2004 Visiting Professor, course: “World Religions”, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA


2002- Appointed Chair of the Institution Review Board, Tufts University, Medford,


1999 - Appointed member – IRB, Tufts Medical Center, Boston,


1995-98 Adjunct faculty, Christian Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality and

 Consultant to The Saint Luke’s Institute, Silver Springs, Maryland


1995-98 Consultant to Maryland Catholic Conference of Bishops and

 Consultant to the National Institute of Health, Maryland


1991-95 Adjunct Faculty, St. John’s Seminary Pastoral Institute, Boston, MA


1991-92 Summer, Visiting Lecturer Notre Dame, IN and at the USAF Academy,

 Denver, CO, and at USAF Chaplain School, SOS, Air Command & Staff

 College and Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama







2006 “Encyclopedia of Religious & Spiritual Development” Elizabeth Dowling &

 George Scarlett, Editors, Sage Publication, 12 articles by David O’Leary.


2005 “A Study of Josef Fuchs’ Writings on Human Nature and Morality”,

 University Press of America, New York.


2001 “Seeking the Path of God’s Justice, an Analysis of the U.S. Bishops’ Letter

 on Economic Justice”, J.C. Miller Press, Medford.


 “The Roman Catholic Perspective on the Morality of Withdrawing or

 Withholding Food and Fluid Administered Artificially to an Individual in the

 Persistent Vegetative State”, Bookmasters, Ashland, OH


1999 “Roman Catholic Beliefs & Prayers, a Handbook for those on a Spiritual

 Journey”, J.C. Miller Press, Medford.


1996 “A Vision of Catechesis for Today & Pointers on Catechetical Instruction”,

 Saint Mary’s Seminary & University Press, Baltimore.





2008 “Church & State Issues for the Up-coming Elections” Goddard Talk, newsletter


2005 “Embryonic Stem Cell Research”, Boston Catholic TV Magazine, Newtownville,


 “Religious Freedom & Civility”, Somerville Journal, September 29th


 “Priest States Case for Allowing Life to End”, The Boston Globe, April 2nd


2003 “Reverend David M. O’Leary: December 2003 Hall of Diversity Inductee” Tufts

 Office of Equal Opportunity.


 “Colleges Examine Crisis in Church” The Boston Globe, April 21st.


2001 “Encounter: Reverend David M. O’Leary”, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,

 September 12th.


2000 “When Adults Become Abusers of Young People”, Boston Globe, Jully 11th.


1993 “Political Questions or Moral Issues?”, The Pilot, June 7th.






American Academy of Religion

Catholic Theological Society of America

Council on Faith & International Affairs

North American Interfaith Network

Society of Christian Ethics

Spiritual Directors International

United States Air Force Association


2001- Co-founder and Board member of “The Giving Camp” (www.thegivingcamp.org),

 a day camp experience run by college & university students for the physically and

 mentally challenged.



1982-94 Chaplain USAFR, awarded: Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force

 Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal, earned rank of Major.

 Taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Air Command & Staff College and Air 

 War College.


1974- present Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima, Gilmanton, NH

 volunteer at a one week, overnight summer camp experience for physically

 and mentally challenged children and adults.