Welcome from Head of School, Dr. John F. Dolan

Dear St. Mary’s Community,

I want to thank everyone for a warm St. Mary’s welcome. I appreciate the generous greeting as I get to know all of you.

This summer I researched the history of St. Mary’s. We all know the chronicle of St. Mary’s is full of extraordinary people. The 1947 yearbook was dedicated to the Right Reverend Joseph McGlinchey. The class thanked the Monsignor for “making a Catholic education possible.” He was described as “indefatigable” in his zeal to create a “new” St. Mary’s after the fire of 1941. The Monsignor courageously rebuilt the parish when others might have walked away.

Many know the story of Monsignor Paul Garrity. As Pastor of St. Mary’s he secured the Connell gift. That support led to the building, which honors the legacy of Bill Connell ’55 and all he achieved in a wonderful life.

Just two years ago Building Futures renewed St. Mary’s again, The Campaign for St. Mary's. This effort was focused on an expanded campus, enhanced academic offerings, and scholarships for students, designed to make St. Mary's one of the most affordable private schools in the area.

Today we are writing the new chapters of St. Mary’s. These empty pages represent our story. Our chapters will be focused on telling the story of our school as one of the most accessible, affordable and excellent college prep schools in the great Catholic education tradition.

From the ancient world of the 1940’s - to the world of the twenty-first century - now is our time for our St. Mary’s.

I hope to see you on campus. I know you will support the work that we must do together. Go Spartans!

Live Jesus in Our Hearts,

Dr. John F Dolan

Head of School



Dr. John F. Dolan

Head of School Dr. John F. Dolan has an extensive background in strategic planning, enrollment management, and advancement, having worked at a variety of universities throughout the country since 1982. 

Dolan earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Benedictine College, a master’s from the University of Denver, and a doctorate from Drexel University.

He lives in East Boston with his wife, Marilyn. They have four children and five grandchildren.