Parish Staff

Reverend John J. Unni, Pastor

Fr. John Unni grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts. Before committing his life to God, Fr. John taught English at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End and ran his own landscaping business. He attended St. John Seminary in Brighton, where he earned a Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston in June 1992. For the past fourteen years, he has been pastor of Saint Cecilia Parish where he has geared his ministry toward a commitment to education, health, and spiritual growth, especially for those who are marginalized and impoverished. When he’s not celebrating Mass, Fr. John keeps busy by serving on the Board of Directors of Pine Street Inn, Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, Saint Cecilia’s House, a residence for seniors of limited income in the Fenway, and St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, which tends to the health care and educational needs of the poor in Haiti.

Mary Kaye, Pastoral Director of Operations

Mary Kaye is originally from Bayside, Queens NY but has lived all over the country. Now she and her family have settled down in Wellesley where they’ve lived for the past 11 years. Mary began working for Saint Cecilia in June of 2016 as the Pastoral Director of Operations. Mary helps run all aspects of the parish in order to free Father John up to do his spiritual work. She loves to ski, exercise, sing, and attend musicals. Her favorite movie musical is “Singin’ in the Rain” and her favorite Broadway Musical is “Nunsense!”. She’s done a host of things from being a Navy pilot to United Airlines pilot to a Director of Training for Campbell Soup Co. to a Director of Staffing for GE to VP of Leadership and Strategy for Diageo, then to owning her own business. In between it all she has been a mother and a wife. Those two “jobs” have been her favorite, and given her a wealth of experiences and skills that she brings here to our parish!

Mark Donohoe,
Pastoral Associate

Mark Donohoe has been an active parishioner at Saint Cecilia since 1989. He finally took the plunge and moved from volunteer to full-time employee in 1994. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, he also received a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College and is a certified pastoral associate. In this role, he is involved in all things liturgical and sacramental and is the go-to person for baptisms, weddings, annulments, and funerals. 

Scott MacDonaldScott J. MacDonald, Director of Faith Formation and Leadership Development

Scott MacDonald was raised in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He had been part of the Saint Cecilia community for many years but began officially working for Saint Cecilia in 1997 as Director of Faith Formation. Scott’s position is composed of three parts: Faith Formation, Parish Visibility, and Development of Lay Ministerial Leadership. While there are multiple facets to his career at Saint Cecilia, he most prefers his role as the director of faith formation because he enjoys joining each person on their journey to developing a deeper faith in Jesus Christ. In an earlier life, Scott was the caterer for the Hasty Pudding Club at Harvard and he also did private events. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music. He most enjoys reading thought-provoking articles that inspire discussion amongst peers and munching on some macaroons.


Lisa Pickering, Events & Facilities Manager

Lisa Pickering started at Saint Cecilia in February of 2016 and feels truly blessed to part of this thriving community. Her responsibilities include facility management and coordinating and executing the parish events. Before joining our parish, Lisa worked for Catholic Charities in a family shelter for three and a half years where she managed the office and facilities. While busy raising her family she managed to take on a variety of jobs as a working mom including cleaning disabled adult homes, restaurant manager, and pharmacy technician. Lisa and her husband Ralph have been married for 25 years and have 4 children and a 2-year-old grandson. Lisa and her family live in Hull where she enjoys cooking for family and friends.  


Leah Bennett, Administrative Coordinator

A recent transplant to Boston, Leah grew up in bucolic Maine and feels so fortunate to have found such a warm, generous, and welcoming community here at Saint Cecilia.  If you call the parish office or visit during the week you’ll meet Leah, eager to help you get what you need! She also spends lots of time each week coordinating and arranging the bulletin, and many other “behind the scenes” tasks that help keep things running at Saint Cecilia. Leah also loves to travel and calls Kakamega, Kenya a second home. There she is involved with an organization, Friends of Kakamega, that works to support the education and well-being of orphans and vulnerable young people. Even before she joined the staff at Saint Cecilia in January of 2018, Leah has always gravitated towards jobs or service opportunities that aim to strengthen the community, much like the wider mission of this parish. She hopes to get more involved with the many ministries at Saint Cecilia that are so in tune with the varied needs of the Greater Boston area. 

John Glynn, Director of College and Youth Ministry

John grew up in the suburbs outside Washington, DC, before going to college at Notre Dame.  He spent time there in an undergraduate seminary discerning whether he was called to become a priest; while he eventually discerned ordination wasn’t his path, he still felt called to ministry and has worked in youth/young adult spirituality ever since.  After college, he was a youth minister in a suburb of Orlando, Florida for several years, where he ran social, service, and spiritual programs for middle school and high school students.  He came to Boston in 2009 to continue his studies at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, where he earned his Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2011.  For the past several years he has worked at Boston College in campus ministry, running a very popular retreat program called Kairos (a Greek word meaning God’s – or divine – time), while also helping with liturgies, international service trips and pilgrimages, and offering spiritual direction and pastoral support.  John now lives in South Boston, and in his free time, he enjoys cycling, Notre Dame football, gaming, hiking, and going to the Cape with his fiance, Ali. 

Colleen Melaugh, Finance Director

Colleen joined the Saint Cecilia staff in the summer of 2018 after completing her graduate studies at Boston College, receiving a Master of Business Administration and Master of Theological Studies dual degree. Prior to returning to graduate school, she completed her undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross, did a post-graduate volunteer year in Ecuador, and directed service and immersion programs for the Holy Cross Chaplains’ Office. As the Director of Finance at Saint Cecilia, Colleen will work with the day-to-day business management in addition to long-term strategic planning. In her free time, Colleen enjoys running, cooking, and following the Boston sports teams.



Robert Duff, Director of Music

Robert oversees the music program at Saint Cecilia and also serves on the faculty at Brandeis University as associate professor of the practice of choral music. At Brandeis University Rob oversees the vocal program, conducts the Brandeis choral ensembles, teaches conducting and choral methods, and serves as the performance track adviser for vocalists. Rob has served on the faculties of Dartmouth College, Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University and Mount St. Mary’s College. He holds degrees in conducting, piano, and voice from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Temple University and the University of Southern California. Additionally, he served as director of music for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. An active commissioner of new music, Rob has given several world premieres of works for both orchestral and choral forces. He served as counsel to the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and is the past president of the Eastern Region of the American Choral Directors Association. 







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