Reverend William P. “Bill” Joy ’64

Born in Boston, Reverend Bill Joy was educated at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton and ordained in 1972.  He studied at The University of Notre Dame, where he earned a master’s degree in theology, as well as at Babson College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Born in Boston, Reverend Bill Joy was educated at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton and ordained in 1972.  He studied at The University of Notre Dame, where he earned a master’s degree in theology, as well as at Babson College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rev. Joy has served in the Archdiocese of Boston in a number of assignments, first as Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary, Charlestown. Later he was Campus Minister at the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Center, Cambridge and Administrator at Saint Francis de Sales, Roxbury. Rev. Joy then spent seven years as Director of Church Affairs for Catholic Relief Services in New York and Maryland. On numerous occasions he served on emergency relief efforts and traveled all over the world, responding wherever he was called.  Since returning to the Archdiocese in 1993, Rev. Joy served as Secretary for Community Relations and Director of the Office of Social Justice.  In 1995 he was named Pastor of Saint Angela Merici, Mattapan. In 2004 his role was expanded to include Pastor of Saint Matthew, Dorchester.

In April 2015, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap announced the appointment of Very Rev. Joy as a member of the Cardinal’s Cabinet. This appointment elevated Rev. Joy to special assistant to the vicar general. 
 
Embracing Pope Francis’ call for the Catholic Church to use the internet and social media to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Rev. Joy shares his spirituality with others throughout parish work and the community beyond. Over the years, his parish website and presence has been known as one of the best in the Archdiocese of Boston. During the Pope’s visit to the United States, Rev. Joy served as a guest commentator for Fox 25 news, providing exemplary coverage alongside fellow alumnus newscaster Mark Ockerbloom ’81.  His insights were both personal and educational.

While at BC High, Bill was an all around great student and fierce competitor on the basketball court and the baseball diamond. A gifted guard for the basketball team, he could shoot, dribble, pass and play defense with the very best in the City League and statewide.   He proudly ran the offense for legendary Coach Paul Hunter ’53. When spring came, Bill turned his attention to baseball, playing first base with other athletic greats such as shortstop Jerry York ’63.

For nearly 45 years, Rev. Joy’s life of faith and service to the community has indeed been a living example of service to the greater glory of God.
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