Rev. Dr. John F. Tuohey
Parish Administrator

The Rev. Dr. John Tuohey is a native of Westfield, Massachusetts, growing up in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament parish, part of the graduation class of 1972 from Westfield High School. 

Like our previous pastor, Fr. John did his seminary studies at the American College of the Immaculate Conception as the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium.  He was ordained by Bishop Joseph Maguire at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield,  July 11, 1981, the Feast of St. Benedict. His Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, at the time located on North Elm St. in Westfield, the following day. His first assignment was Holy Name Parish in Springfield, followed by campus ministry at the Newman Center at UMass Amherst.

In 1986, he successfully defended his PhD in Religious Studies at the KUL and accepted an invitation for one year as visiting professor of moral theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. One year became ten, when he accepted a position as Corporate Ethicist for the Mercy Health System in Oklahoma.

In 1998, Fr. John was offered and accepted a newly created Chair in Applied Health Care Ethics with Providence Health & Services in Portland, Oregon. His position involved teaching medical students and residents in addition to providing other education and consultation services. In 2000, he founded the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics, which soon established itself as a national and international presence. In 2010, the Center hosted an international ethics conference attracting ethicists from 26 countries. From 2005-2012, he was on the faculty of the Applied Ethics program at Imperial College in London, traveling to England each June to give a series of lectures. Life was tough! 

After nearly 20 years on a medical faculty, Fr. John decided it was time to return to the east coast to family and parish. He spent a short time at St. Mary’s in Westfield before coming an administrator to St. Charles Borromeo parish.

He and his Irish-Goldendoodle, Orion, have settled in and are very happy to be here to serve the community.