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Father Parrish named pastor in Needham; Father Joy to serve as Vicar for Clergy


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The archdiocese announced July 18 that Episcopal Vicar for Clergy Father Bryan Parrish has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Needham by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, effective Sept. 1.

Father Parrish has served as the episcopal vicar for clergy for the past five years. Prior to that, he worked in the Vicar General's Office as assistant to the vicar general.

A native of Canton and ordained in 1988, Father Parrish has served previously as pastor of Holy Family Parish in Duxbury and parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Plymouth, St. Paul Parish in Wellesley, and St. Mary Parish in Quincy. He has also assisted the cardinal with a number of leadership positions within the archdiocese, including serving as a member of the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, and the Clergy Personnel Board. He has also represented the cardinal on the Board of the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust.

Father William Joy has been appointed to succeed Father Parrish as episcopal vicar for clergy. Father Joy will continue to serve as assistant vicar for administration and special assistant to the vicar general and as a member of the cardinal's cabinet.

A native of Hingham and ordained to the priesthood in 1972, Father Joy served as pastor of St. Angela Merici Parish in Mattapan for 20 years and later, simultaneously, as pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Dorchester for 10 years. In addition to his other parish assignments, for a number of years, he was assigned to Catholic Relief Services as director of Church Affairs and has traveled the globe extensively in ministering to the world's poorest regions. Father Joy also served as a member of the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors.

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