Fr. James R. Mattaliano, S.J., grew up in nearby Arlington MA, and attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he completed two degree majors – one in psychology and the other in communication disorders. Upon his graduation in 1979, he fulfilled a desire he aspired to since childhood and entered the Society of Jesus.
During his years of formation and studies, he attended Loyola University of Chicago, earned a graduate degree in counseling, and then later attended both Regis College in Toronto and Boston College where he received Masters Degrees in Divinity and Spirituality respectively. He was ordained a priest in 1990 and served as chaplain and counselor at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA for three years. Upon completing his final year of formation living and working in Nairobi Kenya, and pronouncing his Solemn Vows, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill from 1994-2002.
Long interested in the fields of pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, sacramental ministry and retreat work, Fr. Mattaliano joined the retreat team at Campion Center in 2002. He became its Director in 2007 and served in this capacity for ten years. During this time, he led retreats all across the United States and Canada, and he led pilgrimages throughout the world. In July of 2017, Fr. Mattaliano was appointed Executive Vice President of Campion Center and serves as the Administrator of the Campion Jesuit Community overseeing its temporal needs.