Born in Dorchester town Boston on July 2 and baptized at St. Matthew’s Dorchester on July 14, William P. Joy was raised at St. Matthew’s Parish on Withington and Torrey Streets (off Norfolk St.) Codman Square area of Dorchester before The Joys Family moved to Hingham Massachusetts. Bill Joy’s parents were married at St. Matthew’s Dorchester.
Joy often tells us that when he was a child, astonished on a day after school, he runs home to his dad to tell him how they amazingly “opened up the roof … they had broken through [to] let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.” – referring to Mark 2v1 & ss. : The Healing of a Paralytic.
Bill attended Boston College. He was ordained to priesthood by Archbishop Humberto Sousa Medeiros on May 20, 1972. Father Joy offered his first Mass on May 23 at St. Paul Church in Hingham. Today, Father Joy is serving as pastor of both St. Angela’s Mattapan since 1995 and of St. Matthew’s Dorchester since 2004.
In 1972 – the year of his ordination, Father Joy was assigned to St. Mary’s parish in Charlestown, Massachusetts and then Chaplin at Bunker Hill community College. He studied at University of Notre Dame where he earned a Master Degree in Theology.
Other succeeding assignments and priesthood highlights include a Campus Ministry at Harvard, parish administrator at St. Francis De Sales in Roxbury, technical assistant at the Cathedral Holy Cross of Boston. Father Joy also studied at Babson College and at MIT.
In 1986, he was appointed Director of Church Services for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the US Bishops’ International Aid and Development agency based in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was appointed pastor of St. Angela’s Parish in Mattapan on March 1, 1995 by His Eminence, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, Archbishop of Boston. While remaining pastor of St. Angela’s Mattapan, he was also appointed administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Hyde Park in 2004 – which was suppressed on August 8 of the same year. On July 1, 2008, he also was appointed pastor of St. Matthew’s Parish in Dorchester by His Eminence, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley. Father Joy continues to serve as pastor of both St. Angela’s and St. Matthew’s Parishes.
One of the major events at Angela’s Parish during Father Joy’s pastorship was a fire inside St. Angela’s church in the early morning of October 25 of year he was appointed, 1995. The church was restored and rededicated two years later – in 1997. Another major event has been the Centennial year of St. Angela’s Parish in 2008.
Embracing Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI strong call for the Catholic Church to use the Internet and social media for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus-Christ, Father Joy leads St. Angela’s Mattapan and St. Matthew’s Dorchester into the new era of evangelization with the parish online presence that is ranked at the top six best parish websites of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Father Joy celebrated his Ruby Jubilee of 40 years of Ordination to Priesthood last Summer 2012 with us, his family and friends at both St. Angela’s Mattapan and St. Matthew’s Dorchester.
Father Joy was the main celebrant at the Memorial of St. Angela Merici on her Feast day this year, Sunday 27 January 2013 at St. Angela’s church with Father Charles, Father Miracle, Father Matondo and Father Jean-Louis.
It so very often at numerous liturgical, social, cultural events and at Parish Council meetings we hear Father Joy asking Saint Angela and Saint Matthew to pray for us.
PRAYER: Saint Angela and Saint Matthew, pray for our pastor Father Joy and pray for our both parishes dedicated to your sainthood.
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