Fr. John Welch, a native of Salem, MA, decided he wanted to become a La Salette priest in his early 20s. After a short career as a geriatric social worker, he entered the La Salette seminary in Ipswich, MA at the age of 25. He was ordained 7 years later on April 17, 1993.
After his ordination, Fr. John was assigned to St. Anne's in Marietta, GA where he served as Parochial Vicar for a year before being assigned to Jewett City, CT where he worked as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary's Parish. Two years later, he was assigned to the Bethlehem House in Washington D.C. to live in community serving in specialized ministry to people with both physical and developmental disabilities.
From there, he moved, once again, back to Georgia where he served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Thomas the Apostle in Smyrna.
While in Georgia, Fr. John was named the Vocations Director in 2000 and promoted vocations in the greater Atlanta area. In 2003, Fr. John was transferred to St. Theresa's Parish in Sulphur, LA where he served as Pastor for 3 years.
From there, he was transferred to Fitchburg, MA where he worked as the Administrator for Saint Joseph Parish but was shortly thereafter transferred to Attleboro, MA where he became the La Salette Vocations Director for a second time - this time, however, he was responsible for the province of Mary, Mother of the Americas which includes all of North America except for California. He served as Director for three years.
In 2010, Fr. John was transferred to Saint Oliver Plunkett in Snellville, GA where he served two years as an Associate Pastor before becoming Pastor for another three. From there, He moved to Chicago, IL where he served as Theology Director for the House of Formation for La Salette until September of 2019.
He now resides in Attleboro, MA where he is the Vocations Director, once again, for the Province. In his spare time, he enjoys running, exploring new cities, and meeting new people.