Past 2015 meetings

18 March, Tim Phillips of “Beyond Conflict,” an organization that does good works around the world, including recent involvement with Cardinal O’Malley and restoring relations with Cuba.

15 April, Fr. Bill Kremmell, return by popular demand to discuss “Foregiveness and Reconciliation.” Former assistant at St. John’s; Holy Cross grad.

15 May, 12 June, 10 July, 7 August PawSox games

20 May, Bland Mason, Red Sox Chapel Leader following the great presentations of Lou Gorman, Steve Burton, and other sports luminaries. The Sox need all the prayer help they can get.

17 June, annual cookout; come hungry and thirsty.

February 18, 2015 (Ash Wednesday) – Immediately following 7pm Mass in the lower church.

If incarceration were not difficult enough for prisoners and their families – how about reentry into the community!

Our speaker for our February 18th meeting is Mr. Benito Vega. Mr. Vega is the Massachusetts organizer for the Vincentian Re-entry Organizing Project. This project is a partnership between the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Its focus is to invest in the leadership of formerly incarcerated men and women to tackle the barriers of re-entry and the drivers of mass incarceration. Vincentians help support the men and women through solidarity, identifying potential leaders, and lending their voice in support of successful re-entry. For more information on this project, click on this link.

Benito Vega is himself an ex-offender, and former Worcester Chapter President of EPOCA (ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement). He will share his life story – from what lead to his 8-year incarceration, his reentry experience, and eventually to his passion for advancing the opportunities for ex-offenders to be productive members of our communities

November 19, 2014

George Phillips – Captain, USMC (Ret.)

“The Grunt Padre: the Life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno”

Almost 500,000 American soldiers were in Viet Nam in 1967. That’s when Chaplain Vincent Capodanno had his bravest moments. Hear a first-hand account from Capt. George Phillips (Ret.) who fought as a marine officer in Fr. Capodanno’s last battle. For his heroics, Fr. Capodanno was awarded posthumously America’s highest military decoration – the Medal of Honor. Those Marines who knew Fr. Capodanno affectionately refer to him as the “Grunt Padre”. Based on the current efforts of the U.S. Military Diocese, those same marines hope someday to also be able to call him Saint Vincent Capodanno!

October 15, 2014

Jim Orcutt – Founder, My Brother’s Keeper Before My Brother’s Keeper, Jim Orcutt (and his wife Terry) lived ordinary lives. Two experiences changed them forever. The first was Cursillo, a Christian renewal retreat run by the Holy Cross fathers which rekindled their faith and gave them a desire to serve others in God’s name. Then in March, 1988, Jim and Terry sat down to watch TV. Flipping channels, they settled on the Sunday night movie, God Bless the Child, a powerful film portraying a mother and daughter’s desperate struggle with homelessness. The Orcutts were profoundly affected by the pain and hopelessness they witnessed— they knew God was calling them to act. And so, My Brother’s Keeper was born. The next day, Jim and Terry began collecting clothes and linens for families in need. People soon felt moved to join them and the community of My Brother’s Keeper began to grow. Jim, Terry, and their early volunteers also worked from a barn and a storage locker facility before renting the ministry’s first permanent home in Brockton in 1992, purchasing a warehouse in 1995, and building a new facility in 2002. In 2013, My Brother’s Keeper opened a second facility in Dartmouth, MA to assist an even greater number of families in need in Southeastern Massachusetts.

September 17, 2014

Rev. Bill Clark, SJ. TESTAMENT’s 10th Season kicks off on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30pm! Our speaker is Fr. Bill Clark, SJ from The College of the Holy Cross who will address, “MISSION: Building Spirituality and Community”. Having spent over seven years in parish ministry in Kingston, Jamaica along with multiple parish assignments in the U.S. – Fr. Bill will offer his unique perspective on simultaneously advancing both personal spirituality and community. For more than a decade at Holy Cross he has been a “student favorite” as a Professor of Religious Studies, and frequently leads retreats, and participates in overseas mission trips. Fr. Bill is also an avid singer and folk guitarist, and has done some song-writing and recording. This program will especially insightful for Dad’s with teens who want to gain insight on how best to connect their child(s)Christian faith with an existing enthusiasm for service.

March 19, 2014

The Reverend James G. Sabak, OFM, Ph.D. Father Sabak was born in Seattle, WA and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. He earned a BA in Politics in 1985 from Catholic University of America. In 1992, he entered the Order of Friars Minor and was solemnly professed in 1998. In 1999, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Washington (D.C.) Theological Union, and was ordained a priest in Albany, NY in that same year.

After serving as Chaplain of the College at Siena College in Albany, he returned to Catholic University and completed a Masters Degree in Liturgical Studies. In 2003, he began doctoral studies. Father Sabak taught courses in the School of Theology and Religious Studies during this time. From 2008-09, and from 2010-11, he was a Chaplain to The House community of student ministers. This role evolved into Father Sabak becoming the first Priest-in-Residence at Catholic University.

Currently Father Sabak is an assistant professor of theology at Providence College (PC), and is the first Franciscan friar — ever — to be on the PC faculty. He is well-versed in New Evangelization, and will include discussion with the TESTAMENT on how to attract and retain college-age youth in our church community.

February 19, 2014

Dr. Virginia Kimball is an adjunct professor of Theology in Continuing & Career Education at Assumption College, and recently became an adjunct at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and has been teaching online for the Athenaeum in Cincinnati, Ohio, for several years. Online courses have become a focus. She is an expert in the Theotokos (Greek for “God Bearer”).

Professor Kimball specializes in Marian Theology, holding a Masters in Theology degree in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) — both from the International Marian Research Institute, a pontifical institute associated with Marianum Seminary in Rome centered at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Professor Kimball serves as the president of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, U.S.A., and is former president of the Mariological Society of America.

Previous teaching experience includes Merrimack College, the University of Dayton, and the University of Massachusetts. She and Dean her husband live in Westford; they have been blessed with 9 children and 21 grandchildren.

Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

Men of the parish, please join us for our annual Holiday Dinner Meeting of TESTAMENT, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18 at the Golden Spoon Restaurant on Main Street in Hopkinton. You will have a choice of prime rib or baked haddock for a cost of $12. Dessert is included. A cash bar for beer and wine will be provided. Note the earlier start time of 7 p.m. To give some idea of a headcount, please respond to Jim Monahan at 508-435-6541 or by Wednesday, December 11. For more information about TESTAMENT, please contact Bill Maginnis at 508-435-9615 or Jim Monahan.

Father David A. Pignato will be with St. John’s TESTAMENT men’s group on Wednesday, 20 November 2013, at 7:30pm in the lower church office area. Father Pignato is from Foxboro. He earned a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in 1992, a JD degree from the Harvard Law School in 1995, and a doctorate in Theology from the Angelicum University in the Eternal City (Rome). He was ordained in July 2001 by Bishop Sean O’Malley. Fr. Pignato is currently is on the faculty at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. as a professor of Systematic Theology. In 2012, Father Pignato took-on the newly created position of Director of Human Formation.

With the TESTAMENT, Father Pignato will discuss “The New Evangelization.” Earlier this year when presenting a reflection on “Evangelical Catholicism and the Priesthood,” Father Pignato quoted from a March 2013 letter from Pope Francis, “A Church that does not go out, sooner or later gets sick in the vitiated atmosphere of her enclosure. It is true also that to a Church that goes out something can happen, as it can to any person who goes out into the street: to have an accident. Given this alternative, I wish to say to you frankly that I prefer a thousand times an injured Church than a sick Church. The typical illness of the shut-in Church is self-reference; to look at herself, to be bent over herself like the woman in the Gospel. It is a kind of narcissism that leads us to spiritual worldliness and to sophisticated clericalism, and then it impedes our experiencing ‘the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing.'”

For those interested in learning more about Father Pignato, visit:

Men of the parish, enjoy the next meeting of TESTAMENT, Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30PM in the lower church/Parish office area. We will hear from Fr. Jeremy St. Martin, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Townsend, Mass. ( Fr. St. Martin will speak on: “What are the logical and philosophical underpinnings of the Catholic religion? What is fundamental to a normal, healthy life? What does it offer for young families today? How do we explain the Catholic Church in a world of watered down religion? Is religion important at all?”

Father St. Martin is inspirational in his fresh perspective interpreting the Word of God. He is a young priest representing a new wave of church leaders. This trend is seen in there being more seminarians in theology disciplines at this time than there has been for nearly 25 years.

Many of us at St. John’s in Hopkinton had the good fortune of first meeting Fr. St. Martin when he was the Director of the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Boston during which time he interpreted for another young priest, Father Shawn Carey, who was the 11th deaf Catholic priest. Father Shawn now is the Director for the Deaf Apostolate (

Refreshments will be available as the TESTAMENT shares Faith Through Fellowship