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Judge Charles A. Abdella

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Department of History

Phone: (508) ***-****  HQ Phone
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Saint John's High School
378 Main Street
Shrewsbury , Massachusetts 01545
United States

Company Description: Saint John's High School is an all-boys Catholic school located in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. With an enrollment of more than 1000 students, the school fields some...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chief Faculty Moderator
    St. John's Model
  • Founder
    Abdella Center for Ethics


  • Master’s degree , Ancient History
    Columbia University
  • Bachelor’s degree , History
    Boston College
  • Saint John’s
  • Master's degree , Ancient History
    Columbia University
  • Bachelor's degree , History
    Boston College
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About Judge Charles ..., 25 Sept 2015 [cached]
About Judge Charles Abdella The Hon. Charles A. Abdella '60 grew up on Grafton Hill, Worcester, and graduated from Saint John's, College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law, beginning his practice in 1967. After 31 years in private practice and 11 years on the bench, he retired in 2009. He had been first justice of the Western Worcester District Court, sitting in East Brookfield, for a decade. He left a few years ahead of his mandatory retirement age "to enjoy the precious blessings of life. ... My wife Monica and I have three granddaughters and they are a thrill to us. You could say that granddaughters, alma maters and community involvement keep me busy." In addition to founding the Abdella Center for Ethics, Judge Abdella spends time volunteering for Saint John's, the XBSS National Board, Holy Cross alumni activities and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, which supports a museum and library in Faneuil Hall. A jazz lover, he is on the board of WICN radio in Worcester. In good weather, he's often found planting vegetables and flowers, and landscaping.
St. John's High School - 2010 Gala Honoree: Charles Abdella, 8 Jan 2012 [cached]
2010 Gala Honoree: Charles Abdella | Hon. Charles A. Abdella Sr. ’60 P’92,’95
2010 Gala Honoree: Charles Abdella | Hon. Charles A. Abdella Sr. ’60 P’92,’95
2010 Gala Honoree: Charles Abdella
Hon. Charles A. Abdella Sr. ’60 P’92,’95
Judge Abdella with his wife Monica at the 2010 “To Lead is to Serve†Gala.
Charles Abdella ’60
To whom much is given, much is expected: This is the quintessential motivation that sparked Judge Charles Abdella throughout his life.
He was raised in a three-decker home in the Grafton Hill area of Worcester by his beloved parents, George and Elizabeth Abdella. His father left high school in order to support his parents and siblings, working tirelessly at a small printing business while attending night school to acquire his high school diploma as an adult.
Education was of the utmost importance to George and sending his son Charles to Saint John’s was a financial struggle.
Charles graduated from Saint John’s in 1960. He was a member of the debate team that won the New England Invitational Tournament, the State Catholic Tournament, and the Diocesan Championship under the guidance of Brother Simeon. He went on to study at the College of the Holy Cross.
It was during the fall of his freshman year that he unexpectedly lost his revered father. Judge Abdella credits the strong foundation in Xaverian values gained at Saint John’s for enabling him to succeed during this time of adversity.
Father Drinan encouraged the young Charles to speak out for the disadvantaged.
Judge Abdella knew each and every employee in his courthouse. He shared in their daily joys and sorrows and made rounds daily checking in on each employee. He invited the custodian into his office daily just to catch up. He still asserts that the custodian at the East Brookfield Courthouse was the hardest worker in our judicial system.
Judge Abdella and his greatly respected court employees endured the tragedy of Molly Bish.
During this time of despair and uncertainty, Judge Abdella worked passionately with local officials to aid in Molly’s return as he felt she was a member of his own “court family.â€
Judge Abdella was non-traditional for the sake of the common good. He invited local high school classes to observe in his courtroom. By doing this he hoped to broaden their view of how their actions can affect the course of their lives.
He saw his legal career as “an opportunity to serve the people of the commonwealth in administering justice in a fair and impartial manner.†Being a judge was a rewarding, challenging opportunity and an awesome responsibility. The values he learned from his parents and Saint John’s continued to keep him grounded and non-biased with regard to his ethics. His humble beginnings allowed him a true awareness and sense of responsibility to care for those without a voice.
Judge Abdella is passionate about the values taught by the Xaverian tradition. Brother Paul Feeney exemplified the charism instilled in this tradition when he taught Charles as a freshman at Saint John’s. Today, possessing astute wisdom and spiritual compassion, Brother Feeney continues to offer a clear vision for Xaverian education into the future. He humbly represents the Xaverian persona, energizes Judge Abdella’s efforts, and remains his valued friend to this day.
The Xaverian Brothers embraced shared authority and welcomed lay men and women into their fold to ensure that their values would be protected and preserved for generations to come. Judge Abdella serves on the Board for Corporate Members who aim to invent the future with a vision of the past. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Saint John’s for ten years. The values held high by his parents were augmented by the Brothers at Saint John’s. He has supported the school with his resources because for him, stewardship is an important obligation.
He has always been a self-proclaimed dreamer. As part of his dream, he established the Abdella Center for Ethics at Saint John’s in honor of his father.
His mother sacrificed everything for Charles and his sister, Anne, and felt that education was of the utmost importance. After his death, his father’s memory guided him and silently opened doors for him throughout his life because of the wonderful man he was. His father was his navigator and his mother’s ethics were the engine that propelled him to become the silently generous and courageous man he is today.
Monica, his wife of 37 years, has been the pillar in his life, raising their two sons while he was heavily involved in a law practice and continually giving back to the community. She was raising their young sons and attending Assumption College, taking one course at a time and a total of 13 years to complete her degree. He is so proud of her for her persistence and her determination.
Judge Abdella states that every day is a gift. Family is clearly the most important thing in his life. His sons, Charles Jr. ’92 and Andrew ’95, bring him great joy. Charles is the chairman of the Social Studies Department at Saint John’s, and Andrew is an assistant solicitor for the city of Worcester.
His sons felt that he was an extraordinary father and role model. They knew he had high expectations for them and responsibilities were always linked to privileges. They knew that he had a great love for them. Judge Abdella was compelled to help people without recognition and his sons constantly observed this caring way about him. He believed in the Latin phrase facta non verba, which translates into “deeds, not words.†He has been a silent hero for his boys and the people of Worcester.
Charles and Andrew, along with their wives Kerry and Rebecca, gave Judge Abdella and Monica the best of gifts in the form of three granddaughters, Zoe, Molly and Jasmin, who are the apples of his eye.
Hon. Charles Abdella ’60
Judge Charles Abdella is a truly loving and caring human being, the person in whom resides an enormous heart and a tender way about him which those of us around him are fortunate enough to enjoy. He has a rare, but truly beautiful wholeness to the way he sees the world. It is easy for one to lose hope as one recites the problems in which we are all embroiled. Charles Abdella always sees opportunity in people regardless of society’s labels. Hope is palpable in his presence. He sees us all as brothers and sisters who share the ability to care for one another with simple, nonjudgmental love and care.
Judge Abdella left the bench after many years of earnest effort on behalf of all of us. He left his position because he has been called to an even loftier position: husband, father and grandfather. As he said to his newborn granddaughter, Zoe, immediately after her birth, “I’m going to love you so much, Zoe!
St. John's High School - Mr. Abdella, 25 June 2012 [cached]
Mr. Charles Abdella St. John's High School - Mr. Abdella
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Mr. Abdella
Mr. Abdella's Webpage
Department of History
Mr. Abdella is the Chief Faculty Moderator of the St. John's Model United Nations.
Who is Mr. Abdella?
A graduate of St. John’s, class of 1992, Mr. Charles Abdella has his Bachelor’s degree in History from Boston College and his Master’s degree in Ancient History from Columbia University.
To contact Mr. Abdella, you can call 508-842-8934 x504 or (preferably) email him at
Writing: Mr. Abdella is a lover of the written word and an annual contributor to the SJ Icon. Read some of his writing here:
Mr. Abdella has specific procedures for any recommendation you might ask him to write (e.g. for guidance, college, a scholarship, etc.). I will not write a college recommendation for a student who does not seek me out at the end of his junior year for a guidance recommendation (you have been so advised). Download my recommendation procedures here: Recommendation Procedures
In 2003, the Abdella Center for ..., 10 Nov 2015 [cached]
In 2003, the Abdella Center for Ethics was established by Judge Charles A. Abdella, a 1960 St. John's graduate. World-renowned speakers have participated in the annual lecture series.
St. John's High School - Abdella Center for Ethics, 25 June 2012 [cached]
About Judge Charles Abdella
Judge Abdella, far right, stands with his wife and two sons, Charles (far left) and Andrew (second from left), and 2010 lecturer David Rohde.
In addition to founding the Abdella Center for Ethics, Judge Abdella spends time volunteering for Saint John's, the XBSS National Board, Holy Cross alumni activities and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, which supports a museum and library in Faneuil Hall. A jazz lover, he is on the board of WICN radio in Worcester. In good weather, he's often found planting vegetables and flowers, and landscaping.
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