Police Chiefs have come and gone over the years but there has been one person who has remained steadfast with this department and has always answered the call to duty as our “spiritual warrior”, and that has been Father Mike. Father Mike represented and carried himself as a man of great faith, something I think every Police Officer should strive for. He did not preach religion, his strength was to embrace the human condition that we all face as working Police Officers and he gave us the strength to accept the highs and lows that come with it. He taught us that it was sometimes healthy to laugh at the joys and absurdities of this profession we have chosen.
One of his most endearing qualities was that he worked in some of the most challenging parishes throughout Boston. He spoke Spanish to better understand and communicate with those he served. In fact, I think he enjoyed talking about his days at Blessed Sacrament in Jamaica Plain more than any other. For many families immigrating to the United States Father Mike was the first to offer them compassion and hope, for that, they were blessed a man like Father Mike was there for them.
Father Michael F. McCellan will be laid to rest today. We love and miss you Father Mike. RIP.