Priests & Staff
Father Michael Nolan, Pastor | Send a message
Fr. Michael has served as the pastor of St. Mary’s since 2006. A native of Framingham, Fr. Michael is the son of William and Joan Nolan and the brother of two sisters. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in history and was a high school teacher before entering St. John’s Seminary. Ordained in 2000, Fr. Michael was named pastor of St. Mary’s in 2006 after serving at St. Michael's in Bedford. The greatest honor of his life was being ordained a priest. Fr. Michael says, I love being a Christian. I love being a Catholic priest. I love being the pastor of St. Mary's in Waltham.
Father Fernando Vivas, Parochial Vicar | Send a message
Fr. Fernando was born in Managua, Nicaragua. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston on August 1, 2020. Fr. Fernando is a son of the late Luis Ramon Vivas Perez and Ana M. Alvarado Sanchez. He is the youngest of five children. He attended “El Colegio Madre del Divino Pastor” in Altagracia, Managua. He studied Business Administration at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua-Recinto Universitario Carlos Fonseca Amador in Managua (UNAN-RUCFA). At the age of 25, he was sent to Boston to the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Boston located in Brookline. Fr. Fernando studied at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and received three degrees: Bachelor of Philosophy in 2012, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) and a Master of Divinity in 2019. He spent three years doing missionary work in New Mexico, Arizona and Amarillo, TX. After his diaconal ordination, Fr. Fernando served one year at St. Joseph’s in Lynn. And now he is here with us!
Father Joseph Diem, Parochial Vicar | Send a message
Fr. Joseph came to St. Mary's in June 2016 and began serving as a Parochial Vicar in April 2017. He was born in Vietnam and studied for the priesthood there. Fr. Joseph lived in a refugee camp in Thailand where he was ordained by the Papal Nuncio to Bangkok (the Pope’s Ambassador). He was then invited to come to Boston and serve as a priest in the Archdiocese. Fr. Joseph served in many different parishes before coming to Waltham. He says, I will serve anywhere that God sends me.
Paul Born, Seminarian
Paul has been in formation for the Priesthood at St. John's Seminary since 2017. Growing up in Stoneham, MA, Paul was active in St. Patrick's Parish as an altar server, sacristan, and member of the youth group. After a life changing mission trip in high school and the advice of mentors, he knew that he had to take Jesus and discernment seriously. Going off to Boston College to study business, and then taking a job in the financial industry after college, Paul tried stayed open to the priesthood if it was God’s call. Happily, that path led into the seminary. In the summer of 2021 Paul was sent to St. Mary's for a two-year assignment, ahead of his projected ordination to the Priesthood. He happily looks forward to serving in the parish, and asks for your generous prayers.
Mary McCarthy, Business Manager | Send a message
Mary’s career at St. Mary’s began in 2010 after working in the corporate world for 25 years as a software trainer and consultant. She is a graduate of Boston College and Bentley University. Mary is the youngest of nine children and worked her way through school by juggling multiple jobs. This turned out to be the best training for working at St. Mary’s! Along with managing all financial aspects of the parish, she publishes the bulletin, oversees the 133 Club and manages various software products. Mary is married and has two grown children. She says, I love working for the Lord. It’s humbling.
Maria Schellinger, Director of After School Program / Cantor | Send a message
Maria has been a parishioner and cantor at St. Mary's since she was 11 years old. She loves to serve God and praise Him through music. Recently, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Education and was named Director of St. Mary's After School Program. Maria plans to offer opportunities for the youth of the parish to experience music through the After School Program. As St. Augustine says, to sing is to pray twice.
Catechetical Director | Send a message
Melanie hails from Natick, MA and is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She has a passion for sharing the Catholic faith with children and teens. She also enjoys traveling and getting to know other cultures. The Lord has blessed her with many opportunities to do missionary work in other countries including Puerto Rico, Mexico and Germany. Melanie has worked with children in the US in Catholic and public schools and in parish youth ministry. Her ability to speak both Spanish and English will be an asset in working with families at St. Mary’s.
Michael Welch, Sexton | Send a message
Mike has been the sexton/custodian at St. Mary's for the last 25 years. He is the quiet force who keeps the church property clean at all times - no small feat! Mike is not only dedicated to maintaining the church and its buildings, but also serves as the "go-to guy" when anything on the premises needs repair or maintenance. He is married and has two sons.