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Enough About Me, Let’s Talk About Me

Knowing that this article should have been in the bulletin sometime over the past month…better late than never. Here is a short bio condensing 54 years into a bulletin column.

I am the youngest son of the late Annmarie (2022) and the late (2002) Paul Aveni, Sr. I was brought up in Manomet, MA (Plymouth) in Saint Bonaventure Parish. My father was a pharmacist and owned a pharmacy in Manomet, and my mother worked as the CEO, CFO and COO of our family.

I graduated in 1982 from the then Plymouth-Carver Regional High School. With my fascination and interest in emerging technology in the 70s and 80s I enrolled at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH majoring in Computer Science, and graduated in 1986 in the second class of that major. I eventually ended up at SunLife of Canada in Wellesley as a network administrator and PC support specialist during the time that SunLife was transitioning from mainframe terminals to PCs. It was an exciting time in the industry.

In my time at Saint Anselm, my faith came alive in ways that it hadn’t in my younger years. The campus ministry at Saint Anselm and presence of the Benedictine Monks allowed for a dedicated ministry to the college community age group in a way I had never experienced before. Upon graduation I got involved in my parish (Immaculate Conception in Malden) and ‘slowly’ began to discern a vocation to priesthood. I entered Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton and began my studies toward a master’s degree in divinity and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston May 16, 1998.

In my 20+ years as a priest I have ministered at Immaculate Conception in Revere, Saint John the Evangelist in North Chelmsford, Saint Joseph Holbrook, Saint Mary Revere, Holy Trinity Parish Quincy, Saints. Martha and Mary Lakeville and Sacred Heart in Middleboro (which included the former St. Rose of Lima Parish in Rochester as a worship site) as pastor of both parishes, and Our Lady of the Assumption in Marshfield.

Between my assignments in Middleboro and Lakeville and Marshfield, I was given privilege and opportunity to participate in the sabbatical program at the Institute for Continued Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome in the fall of 2013 as Billerica was coming together as a collaborative. My time on sabbatical was renewing to my ministry and priesthood.

Now we come to the present moment, where I tend to prefer to live. I am excited about and look forward to my time here among St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish as your pastor. I am grateful to Fr. Shawn Allen and his leadership as the founding pastor of the Collaborative of Billerica, as we build on foundation that he laid.