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Fr. John J. Unni

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Phone: (617) ***-****  HQ Phone
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St. Cecilia's Parish
18 Belvidere Street
Boston , Massachusetts 02115
United States

Company Description: St. Cecilia Parish is a Catholic Church located in Ashland, Massachusetts. We are part of the Archdiocese of Boston. If you are new to our parish, welcome! If you...   more

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  • St. Michael's College
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Leadership | St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, 21 June 2015 [cached]
Fr. John Unni was born in Maine, grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts and attended St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. After graduating in 1983, he taught English at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston's North End. Fr. Unni attended Brighton's St. John Seminary and was later ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1992. As a priest, he served at St. William Parish in Dorchester, St. Richard Parish in Danvers, and was Catholic chaplain at Northeastern University while serving as pastor at St. Ann University Parish in Boston. He has served as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Boston for the past ten years. Fr. Unni serves on the Board of Directors at the Pine Street Inn as well as the Board of Advisors at Build Health International. Following a transformative experience with the poor in Haiti almost thirty years ago, and inspired by wonderful parish experiences over the last twenty-four years, Fr. Unni's parish ministry embraces a commitment to gospel values and spiritual growth in the community, especially with those who are marginalized or impoverished in any way.
Rev. John J. ..., 23 Feb 2015 [cached]
Rev. John J. Unni Pastor:
(617) 536-4548 Fax (617) 536-1781
Rev. John J. Unni, Pastor, email
St. Cecilia Parish Council, 30 Aug 2012 [cached]
Fr. John Unni, Chair
As the Boston Globe first ..., 14 June 2011 [cached]
As the Boston Globe first reported, Saturday, June 11, Church officials have ordered Rev. John J. Unni, pastor of St. Cecilia's Parish, located in the city's Back Bay neighborhood, to cancel a Mass scheduled for 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 19.
On Tuesday, June 14, the Boston Globe featured a front-page interview with Father Unni and editorialized in support of the "All are Welcome" Mass.
"Father Unni has the full confidence and support of the cardinal and the archdiocese,'' spokesman Donilon wrote in an e-mail, according to the Boston Globe, adding, "He is a great pastor.''
During the 11:00 am Sunday Mass, which also celebrated Pentecost, Father Unni spoke to parishioners about the controversy.
"We here at St. Cecilia's have an agenda," he said, walking up and down the main aisle of the church. "I have an agenda. Our agenda is the Jesus agenda."
As Unni went onto explain it, "Jesus loved people. He accepted people. He ate with people, those who were the marginalized and ostracized sinners of his day. And by that compassion and interacting as Jesus did at this [communion] table by loving in a good way, people are strengthened, people are healed, people are reminded of their dignity, their beauty, goodness and worth - ready, ready - as they are!"
The last part of "Jesus agenda," Unni said, "and I dare say the cardinal's agenda" is to be "supportive of all."
And Unni left no doubt about what that meant. "You are welcome here, gay or straight, rich or poor, young or old, black or white," he said. "Here, you all can say, 'I can worship the God who made me as I am.'"
Father Unni clarified that the "All Are Welcome" Mass has been postponed, not canceled as previously reported in local media.
Councilor Charles Cipollini also raised ..., 9 Nov 2011 [cached]
Councilor Charles Cipollini also raised questions about Roper's decision to ask Father John Unni, the pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Boston, to speak as a character witness.
Cipollini, however, suggested that Roper invited Unni to appease Gov.
Gov. Timothy Murray, calling Unni a "controversial" figure in the Catholic Church who had angered conservative Catholics with his outspoken support for gays and lesbians.
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