Paul McDevitt Bio

Paul McDevitt believes that, since we go through life only once, we should do all we can to follow the advice of Jesus to love ourselves and others and our Creator. To advance this philosophy, he steps beyond the services offered by Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. to deeply engage with a troubled world.

For more than four decades, he has worked in soup kitchens, visited the imprisoned, worked for criminal justice reform, and supported immigration projects. He has helped guide and sustain food banks, substance abuse recovery homes, inner city youth projects, education enrichment programs and homeless shelters. He has been a valued voice of wisdom for many Boston-area nonprofit organizations.

Still, despite his many leadership responsibilities, Paul has never declined to assist the many individuals who seek his guidance.

Paul is a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston College. He holds a master’s degree in education from University of Massachusetts Boston.

A Dorchester native, Paul and his wife Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump live in South Boston and the Western Massachusetts town of Housatonic.


Dance/Movement at the Paraclete

A new program to the Paraclete, the group focus is to create a safe and creative space where the children can learn and explore through dance and movement.  Led by Stefani Danahy, a graduate student in Lesley University’s Dance Movement Therapy masters program, the goal is to give the students a sense of belonging.  The group is a space where the children will learn to express themselves through movement. Throughout the year, the children will be taught the dances of the various cultures within Paraclete Academy.  The hope is that they will gain a better understanding of our differences and connections in movement.  It is amazing to see the similarities each culture has when we look at them through the lens of dance and movement.  It is a language that everyone of us speaks.