Sister Regina (Mary Richard) Whalen

Sister Regina Whalen was born in Dorchester, Mass., one of five children of parents Richard and Mary (Sheehan) Whalen. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1950, taking the name Sister Mary Richard.

Sister Regina earned a bachelor's degree in history and English from Emmanuel College, a master's of education degree in guidance and child psychology from Boston College, a master's in sacred science/theology from St. Bonaventure College, and a master's in Spirituality from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Sister Regina's Ministries


1953-56 St. Mark Granunar School, Dorchester, Mass.
1956-57 Assumption School, Westport, Conn.
1958-62 St. John School, Peabody, Mass.
1963-64 Boston College, Boston, Mass. – Teaching Fellowship
1964-65 St. John School, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (Principal)
1966-72 Notre Dame Montessori School, Milton, Mass. (Director)

Pastoral Ministry/Spiritual Direction

1973-75 Campus Ministry in Orono, Maine
1976-81 Center for Spiritual Direction, Springfield, Mass.
Hyde Park, Mass.
1982-86 St. Augustine Parish, Lawrence, MA -Pastoral Ministry- Spiritual Director within and beyond parish
1996-2002 Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick- St. Anthony Church, Hartford, Conn.
2003 Retreats, Workshops, Adult Faith Formation; Volunteer at Notre Dame High School & NDEC Lawrence, Mass.
2009-10-Present Adult Faith Formation


1981-82 Assistant Physical Therapist at Village Manor Nursing Home, Hyde Park, Mass.
1990-94 Cross Cultural Training Services, Maryknoll, N.Y.