Parish and Chaplaincy


The Harvard Catholic Student Association has its center at the Parish of St. Paul, the local Catholic church.  For that reason, the CSA and the other groups within the Catholic center are closely aligned with the parish and its members — a very fortunate arrangement that gives us both vital support and opportunities to serve. 

St. Paul Parish is a unique and historic parish; music in particular has always been an integral part of its worship.  The parish is home to the St. Paul's Choir School, America's only Catholic boys' choir school, and every year we can count on having one or two of the school's alumni at Harvard as members of the CSA.

The church is conveniently located in the southeastern region of campus; it is across the street from Adams House's eastern exit and just north of the DeWolfe housing complex.  

Church address: 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Catholic Center address: 20 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Fr. William T. Kelly, Senior Chaplain 



You could argue that I was destined to become the pastor of St. Paul’s one day, as the idea of becoming a priest first occurred to me when I was a fifth grader at the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (now called the St. Paul’s Choir School). On April 25, 2016, I officially assumed the duties of pastor of the parish, senior chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Center, and head of, yes, the St. Paul’s Choir School.

I grew up in North Quincy, the oldest of six children. I attended B.C. High, and entered the seminary directly from there, followed by five years at the North American College in Rome. My ordination was in 1988 and from there I was assigned as parochial vicar briefly at Sacred Heart in East Boston, and then St. Paul’s in Hingham. In 1996 I completed doctoral studies at the Gregorian University in Rome with the plan of serving as spiritual director and a teacher at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, a position I held for ten years.  During that time, I was on the staff of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and on the board of the Federation for Seminary Spiritual Directors, for which I served as president for three years.

I have lectured and led retreats throughout the United States. For five years I was Director of the Office for Clergy Support and Ongoing Formation for the Archdiocese of Boston. In May 2010, I was assigned my first pastorate, at St. Mary’s in Dedham. And now, I have returned to my roots in a sense, as the head of the school where I first had an inkling of my vocation to the priesthood. 

The Holy Spirit has led me back to a Parish and School that were a wonderful influence on my life and I am thrilled to return.  As Senior Chaplain, I look forward to building upon the recent success of the Harvard Catholic Center which experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Father Michael Drea.  I am pleased to be working with two wonderful priests, Father George Salzmann and Father Mark Murphy along with a great staff.  Together, and with your help, the New Evangelization will continue to flourish and prosper throughout Harvard University.” All for Jesus through Mary!!


Rev. Mark Murphy, Undergraduate Chaplain



Fr. Mark W. Murphy was born on March 7, 1985, in Boston, MA; he grew up in Burlington.  After graduating from Burlington High School in 2003, he began his priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Boston at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA.  He graduated from the Seminary College in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy and then entered St. John's Seminary in Brighton for his theological studies, where he earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology.

Fr. Murphy was ordained a priest on May 21, 2011 by His Eminence, Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston.  Upon ordination Fr. Murphy was assigned as the Parochial Vicar of St. Agatha Parish in Milton, where he served for 3 years.  On June 3, 2014, Fr. Murphy began his assignment as the Undergraduate Chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Center and the Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish in Cambridge.  He is also a Reserve Chaplain (with the rank of Captain) in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.  Since August 2013, Fr. Murphy has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of St. John's Seminary in Brighton, where he teaches Catechism to the seminarians in their first year of priestly formation.

Rev. George S. Salzmann, O.S.F.S., Graduate Chaplain



Although he began graduate school at Yale in molecular biophysics, Fr. Salzmann completed his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in biochemistry.  During this time, he was in residence at St. Paul's and served on Sundays at St. Catherine's in Norwood.  In between those periods, he was sent to study theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, receiving S.T.B. and S.T.L degrees in theology.  He was ordained there in San Giorgio in Velabro Church.

After a brief period of research in early mammalian development at Hoffman-la Roche in northern New Jersey, he was appointed a Visiting Fellow in Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where he did research and taught bioethics. During his time at Princeton he served at the university Catholic parish — also called St. Paul's. He is a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. George serves as chaplain to the Harvard graduate and professional schools.

[Information above can be found at the Harvard Catholic website.]