On this page we are pleased to present profiles of those who serve the Harvard Catholic Student Center at St. Paul Parish.

  Rev. Michael E. Drea, Senior Chaplain

On June 1, 2009 the Reverend Michael E. Drea was appointed the Tenth Pastor of St. Paul's Parish and the Senior Chaplain to the Harvard Catholic Chaplaincy by His Eminence, Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. Father Drea studied for the sacred priesthood at St. John's Seminary in Brighton earning a Master of Divinity and was ordained on May 22, 2004 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. At the time of his ordination he was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. Ann's Parish in the Wollaston section of Quincy. While there he began a series of evangelization programs for young adults including a highly successful Theology on Tap program. Prior to ordination, Father Drea served as a transitional deacon at St. Mary of the Nativity Parish in Scituate Harbor. Father Drea was born and raised in Whitman, Massachusetts and is the oldest of four children. His belief in and commitment to Catholic education was nurtured in his youth having graduated from St. Bridget's School in Abington and Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. Father Drea is a loyal Boston College Eagle having earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1988 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 1994. Following his undergraduate education he began a career in institutional advancement and alumni affairs at Cardinal Spellman High School and St. Sebastian's School in Needham. In the fall of 2009, Father Drea was invested as a priest-knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester.


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  Rev. George S. Salzmann, O.S.F.S., Graduate Chaplain

Although he began graduate school at Yale in molecular biophysics, Fr. Salzmann completed the Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in biochemistry, during which time he was in residence at St. Paul's, serving on Sundays at St. Catherine's, Norwood. In between those periods, he was sent to study theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, receiving the S.T.B. and S.T.L degrees in theology, and had the good fortune to be ordained there in John Henry Cardinal Newman's church of St. George's at the Velabrum. After a brief period of research in early mammalian development at Hoffman-la Roche in northern New Jersey, he was appointed Visting Fellow in Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where he worked on the tumor suppressor gene, p53, and also taught bioethics in the religion department there. During his time at Princeton he served at St. Paul's, the university Catholic parish. He is a member of the teaching order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He serves as chaplain to the Harvard graduate and professional schools.


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  Rev. Matthew J. Westcott, Undergraduate Chaplain

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  Ms. Marie-Claude Thompson, Earthen Vessels Chaplain

Marie-Claude Thompson received her Master of Divinity from the Jesuit Weston School of Theology in 1985. She became part-time staff at the Catholic Student Center in September of 1985 as a chaplain for the Earthen Vessels Tutoring Program she created. The Program matches Harvard undergraduate and graduate students with inner-city youth in one-on-one tutoring-mentoring relationships. As a chaplain her work with the 45 students involved with the program includes formation both practical and spiritual, through weekly meetings, retreats (on issues of peace and justice in the light of faith, the social teaching of the Church, and the discovery of life in the inner-city); individual supervision; and spiritual guidance for the students involved in the program.


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