School Leadership

Dr. Peter Folan, President of Catholic Memorial


Welcome to Catholic Memorial School, and thank you for visiting our website.

Catholic Memorial is an outstanding school for boys that educates its students to grow into Christian gentlemen and Renaissance men whose hearts are filled with compassion and empathy for others. Founded in 1957 in the traditions of the Christian Brothers, CM has become known in New England as a premier college preparatory school.

Catholic Memorial is a rich and supportive community that helps young men to identify strengths, learn and grow. We instill Catholic values and inspire our graduates to become lifelong learners.

CM knows how to work with boys. We realize that the middle and high school years are the most valuable and formative time in the lives of young men. It’s a time when boys conceptualize their identities and define how they view the world.

The CM community is full of wonderful role models, women and men, who ask every student to walk with them on a journey and seek truth in all things. Be it in conversations in our classrooms, finding inspiration in our art room, developing camaraderie through our athletic program, or traveling internationally and living in solidarity with the poor, our students are taught to live authentic lives and develop passions that will impact the world.

The conversations that begin here in West Roxbury extend beyond Baker Street into a world of thoughts and ideas that expands students' horizons.

In keeping with the Christian Brothers tradition, we will provide our young men with a value-centered education and a healthy setting where they will grow and become positive contributors to CM and the world around them.

I would invite you to learn more about this great school and the impact that it has made on generations of men. Our website provides you with many ways to learn about our admissions process, faculty, staff and students, and the rich, supportive community that exists here.


Dr. Peter F. Folan

About Dr. Peter Folan

Dr. Folan earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College. Dr. Folan was a scholar-athlete and a four-year member of the Boston College varsity wrestling team. Dr. Folan went on to earn his Master’s degree from BC’s Lynch School of Education. His studies focused on curriculum and instructions and secondary English.

Building on his experience as a student and teacher in all-boys schools, Dr. Folan earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation at the Ivy League institution focused on the effects that New England all-boys schools have on boys as they enter post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Folan has served in a variety of administrative positions both in the high school setting and at the university level over the past sixteen years. He has worked in the areas of Admissions, Residential life, Academic Advising, Dean of Students Office, and in Boston College’s Division of Mission and Ministry.

Dr. Folan brings his extensive pedagogical research and experience to Catholic Memorial. He has taught every grade level from 7th graders through seniors in college.


List of 9 items.

  • Andrew O'Brien

    Principal & Assistant Head of School
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  • Brian Palm

    Assistant Head of School & Head of the Middle School
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  • Gloria Riley

    Vice Principal of Academic Affairs
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  • Karl Danso '04

    Vice Principal for Grades 9-12
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  • Kevin Durazo

    Vice Principal of Grades 7 & 8 and Vice Principal of Mission Integration
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  • Craig Najarian

    Athletic Director
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  • Michael Schell

    Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management
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  • Joseph MacDonald '02

    Chief Financial Officer
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  • Jack O'Keefe

    Director of Counseling & Student Success
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Board of Directors

List of 19 items.

  • Ms. Barbara Finigan Fitzgerald P'16, Chair

    Retired, Executive VP and Chief Legal Officer, Hasbro, Inc.
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  • Dr. Peter Folan

    Dr. Peter F. Folan

    President, Catholic Memorial School
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  • Mr. Andrew O'Brien

    Principal, Catholic Memorial School
  • Mr. Michael J. Costello '67

    Retired, Former Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers-Northeast
  • Mr. Kevin Costello '63

    Executive Vice President Partner at Boston Capital
  • Mr. Michael J. Daley '74

    Daley and Associates
  • Mr. Daniel O. Gaquin, Esq. '78

    Co-Chair, Real Estate Section, Mintz Levin
  • Br. Paul F. Hannon, Jr. '71, CFC

    Monsignor Farrell High School
  • Mr. Michael J. Hanley '72

    Retired, OTR Global
  • Mr. Donovan Henry

    Research Coordinator, Cognitive and Brain Health Lab at Northeastern University
  • Mr. Martin V. Joyce, Jr. '64

    Retired, Sr. Operating and Exec. Management Consultant
  • Ms. Maureen Kiers

    Director, Office of Educational Services, Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America
  • Mr. Christopher F. Lee '85

    Partner and CPA, Deloitte and Touche
  • Mr. William McCullen '83

    Chief Investment Officer, Launch Capital
  • Mr. Ronald Perry, Jr. '76

    Principal, Avison Young
  • Mr. Edward "Bill" Raynor '70

    Director of Athletics, Mass. Bay Community College
  • Sister Barbara Rogers, R.S.C.J.

    Headmistress, Newton Country Day School
  • Mr. Paul Rogers '79

    President and COO, Pacific Resources
  • Mr. Stephen P. Skinner

    Principal and Marketing Director, PCG, Inc.

Associate Members

List of 5 items.

  • Mr. Stephen J. Berte '98

    Head of Equity Trading, US, Standard Life Investments
  • Mr. Michael F. Broderick '80

    Financial Planner, Atlantic Planning
  • Mr. James R. Julian, Jr.

    Executive Vice President and COO, UMass
  • Michael D. McNally '79

    President, Maverick Construction
  • Mr. Michael J. Scannell '83

    Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, State Street Foundation

About Us

Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.


235 Baker Street
West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Phone: 617-469-8000
Fax: 617-977-5689