Fr. Richard, SSE
Spiritual Director for Enders Island
Ordained for nearly fifty years in the Society of Saint Edmund, Fr. Richard served twenty years in Vermont at St. Michael’s College in campus ministry, institutional research, finance and Edmundite leadership as Superior General. He also labored for twenty years in the Edmundite Southern Missions in Mobile, Montgomery and most recently in Selma, Orrville, and Marion Alabama – providing pastoral care to parishioners, prisoners and cadets. He worked earlier with the disadvantaged Black population as Programs Director and as Missions Director.
Fr. Richard is no stranger to Enders Island – where he has spent ten previous years in various roles. His initial stay at St. Edmund’s began in August 1966 when he entered the novitiate to begin his formation to be an Edmundite priest. He returned in the 1970s as Director of Vocations and again in the 1990s as Director of Novices. It was in the 1990s that he helped to expand the island’s retreat programs and began giving guided retreats and days of recollection. Fr. Richard now provides spiritual direction to those in the island’s residential recovery program.
Besides an undergraduate degree in chemistry and seminary degree in theology, Fr. Richard has an additional master of theology degree from the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans as well as an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.