Photo By: Julia DeGemmis
On February 25, 2015, over 300 people gathered at Boston College High School to support Paraclete and honoree Paul McDevitt. The program included speeches by three Paraclete students that each had heart-felt portrayals of their experience with the program. Ann Fox, a co-founder of the program, presented Paul McDevitt with the “Golden Hands Award” for years of contribution to Paraclete and surrounding communities.
Event Co-Chair, Mayor Walsh, even came to congratulate Paul and raffled off “Breakfast with the Mayor,” which raised $5,000 in minutes. The reception also included a silent auction featuring tickets to a game from every Boston sports team, local artists’ pieces, and travel packages that valued over $3000.
Paul McDevitt believed 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 stepped beyond the services offered by Modern Assistance Programs, Inc. to engage with trouble communities.
For more than four decades, he worked in soup kitchens, visited the imprisoned, worked for criminal justice reform, and supported immigration projects. He helped guide and sustain food banks, substance abuse recovery homes, inner city youth projects, education enrichment programs and homeless shelters. He was a valued voice of wisdom for many nonprofit organizations in the Boston area.
Still, despite his many leadership responsibilities, Paul never declined to assist the many individuals who sought his guidance.
Paul graduated from Boston College High School and Boston College. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. A Dorchester native, Paul and his wife, Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump, lived in South Boston and the Western Massachusetts town of Housatonic.
Paraclete 2015 Annual Fundraiser Reception
It was a huge success with a record-breaking attendance that raised twice the amount of donations in years past. As the main fundraiser for a program that provides free after-school enrichment for children in the community, the annual fundraiser allows the organization to prosper. We are eternally grateful for Paul McDevitt's impact on the Paraclete community and all the other individuals that he has touched.