Boston’s North End has a new pastor, Father Michael DellaPenna, OFM, who recently arrived at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Parish at the beginning of 2020.
Fr. Michael was born and raised in the neighborhood before answering the call as a Franciscan Friar and spending over twenty years as a missionary in Guatemala. NorthEndWaterfront.com featured Fr. Michael’s work in Latin America in this 2016 article and video.
Growing up in the North End, Fr. Michael was extremely involved with civic and recreational activities for many years before he took his vows. Those who know Fr. Michael were very proud of his difficult mission to help take care of the poor in Guatemala and are thrilled to have him back home at St. Leonard’s Church.
Fr. Michael DellaPenna takes over the role from Fr. Antonio Nardoianni who vacated the St. Leonard’s pastor position at year-end. Mass times can be found on the parish website.