Charged with helping donors create permanent charitable funds to support Catholic ministries
BRAINTREE, MASS.—Father Richard M. Erikson, Ph.D. (Ch., Brig. Gen., AFRC), a military chaplain endorsed by the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) and pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Sudbury, Mass., has been named to the Catholic Community Fund Board of Trustees in the Archdiocese of Boston.Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley announced the appointment.
The Catholic Community Fund (CCF) enables individuals, families, and others to create permanent charitable funds that help Catholic parishes, Catholic schools, Catholic social services, and other Catholic faith ministries meet long-term and future needs. In doing so, it is fulfilling its primary mission to strengthen and preserve the Catholic faith in the 144 communities in eastern Massachusetts that make up the Archdiocese of Boston.
Father Erikson welcomed the appointment. He said:
“The generosity of our parishioners and the mission of the Catholic Community Fund are inspiring. I am honored to serve as a trustee as we all seek to continue the saving ministry of Jesus Christ through sharing the gifts of our time, treasure and talent. I am grateful to Cardinal O’Malley for his leadership, ministry and for this appointment.”
Father Erikson currently serves as the mobilization assistant to the Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is principal advisor to the Chief of Chaplains for training, readiness and sourcing the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps. He assists in developing the Chaplain Corps Strategic Plan, Total Force Policy, and strategic planning objectives. Father Erikson serves as a member of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, the Reserve Chaplain Corps Council and the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Development Team.
Father Erikson was commissioned a second lieutenant on June 10, 1982. His previous assignment was as Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
In his civilian position, Father Erikson served five years as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Boston (2006-2011). He was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in 2012.
Father Erikson was ordained a Catholic priest on June 8, 1985. He is author ofLate Have I Loved Thee: Stories of Religious Conversion and Commitment in Later Life(Paulist Press, 1995; St. Paul’s Press, 1998). He is an avid lover of music and has compiled, produced and published liner notes in more than a dozen compact discs. He deployed to Balad, Iraq from July to September 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.