Boston Crest

Wednesday, December 18, 2019


Following a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees of Saint John Seminary, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley has appointed Rev. Stephen E. Salocks as Rector and Rev. Thomas K. Macdonald as Vice Rector.


“I wish to express my gratitude for Fr. Salocks’ extraordinary service as Interim Rector since 2018 and Fr. Macdonald’s service as Interim Vice Rector since September of this year,” said Cardinal Seán. “I join the entire Saint John Seminary community in looking forward to Fr. Salocks’ continued leadership and Fr. Macdonald’s collaboration in this most important ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston and the life of the Church.” 


Fr. Salocks said, "I am grateful for the trust that Cardinal Seán, the Board and the Archdiocese have placed in me. I look forward to continuing the work I began as Interim Rector of preparing good, solid, and holy priests for the Church in New England and beyond in the 21st century."

Fr. Macdonald said, "I am honored to serve the St. John's Seminary community as Vice-Rector. In this new capacity, I look forward to assisting Fr. Salocks as he guides the Seminary to even greater excellence in the essential work of priestly formation."





Rev. Stephen E. Salocks 



Born in Troy, NY in 1950, Fr. Salocks was ordained to the priesthood in June 1980 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, MA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Saint John's Seminary, and Licentiate of Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) degree from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He previously served at Saint Michael Parish, Hudson, MA before continuing his studies in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome. Since 1987 he has been on the faculty of Saint John Seminary in Brighton, MA. In August of 2018 he was appointed Interim Rector of Saint John Seminary. His appointment as Rector takes effect immediately.



Rev. Thomas K. Macdonald




Born in Concord, MA in 1984, Fr. Macdonald was ordained to the priesthood in June 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, MA. His studies included attending the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) in June of 2019. Following ordination, he served at Saint Agnes Parish, Middleton, MA, Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Topsfield, MA, Saint Ann Parish, Dorchester, MA and Saint Brendan Parish, Dorchester, MA. Since June 2019 Fr. Macdonald has been on the faculty of Saint John Seminary. His appointment as Vice Rector takes effect immediately.