The Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry is a charitable apostolate dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through spreading His message of Love, forgiveness and healing to all people. It is important to acknowledge that all of this comes from the blessings and graces of our dear Lord, Savior and Creator, Jesus Christ. It is through the graces poured out on all of us by Jesus and Mary through the powerful intercession of the Archangel St. Raphael that we are able to offer our services to all people.
Rev. Joseph Whalen, M.S.
was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and received his call to the priesthood late in life. He entered Pope John XXlll Seminary, a seminary for delayed vocations, and completed four years of advanced graduate studies. On September 9, 1989, at the age of 66, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Alfred Hughes and became a LaSalette Missionary priest. He retired in 2014 at the age of 91. His dramatic life story was a story of “How God writes straight with crooked lines!” His ministries were many and he was a champion of the sick, the elderly, drug addicts, alcoholics, families, and those in need. He gave us a tremendous story of Almighty God’s love, grace and mercy in the circumstances of his own life; he was also the founder of the renowned international Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry. Father’s message was to realize that It’s Never Too Late to Live. Fr. Whalen conducted healing services for many years and spent his entire priesthood witnessing Christ’s healing presence and helping countless people to find hope in the midst of life’s many challenges.
Fr. Joe Whalen has gone to his eternal rest. His legacy and love for this Ministry that he founded will continue. We now have a powerful intercessor in Heaven!
Rev. John E. Welch, M.S.
was born in Clinton, Massachusets. He received his call early in life and went directly to the minor Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. After completing his years of education and training he was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1960 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette in Ipswich, MA. He celebrated his 50th Jubilee in May of 2010. After a brief time as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows in Hartford, CT, he returned to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine in Ipswich, MA. He was appointed editor of Our Lady’s Missionary Magazine and became director of the Shrine until 1979 when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s in Jewitt City. He has been assigned to St. James in Danielson, CT for 15 years, where he is noted for his inspiring missions and gift of preaching. He was also part of the Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry team and traveled extensively with Fr. Joseph Whalen.His homilies have captivated countless numbers of Catholics. The charism of the LaSalette priest is reconciliation. He is also noted for hearing confessions hour upon hour. He has a special gift for showing God’s love for each person.St. James’ Church | Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette |
Fr. Aniello taught Pastoral Theology and ran the seminary for seven years. He returned to Italy for treatment, and from 1990 to 1993 he was rector of the house in Finchley, London. Finally, in 1994, he was assigned to the U.S.A. He went to the Xaverian House in Holliston, Massachussets in 1994. He began his healing ministry in 1995 and went to Chicago in 2001 to help Fr. Michael Davitti, a Xaverian Missionary who runs the St. Therese Chinese Catholic Mission. He served in Italy, London, West Africa and many states throughout the United States. He was the assistant to the Rector at the Xaverian house in Franklin, Wisconsin. Sadly, he was one of the 2020 Covid victims. Fr. Salicone was blessed with many gifts from God. He was one of the Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry’s beloved priests. Xaverian Priests/ Fr. Aniello Salicone
Fr. Aniello has gone to his eternal rest; many will remember him for his many gifts and his famous prayer:
· Born August 20, 1950 – New Bedford, MA
· Attended Hopkinton Public Schools, Marian High School, Framingham
· Undergraduate Degree from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. 1972
· Attended St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA 1972-1976
· Ordained to the diaconate – October 15, 1975. Served as a deacon at St. Matthew’s; Southboro
· Full Pastoral Diaconate – Notre Dame, Southbridge from Summer of 1976-June of 1977
· Ordained to the Priesthood – St. Paul’s Cathedral, Worcester, MA – June 4, 1977
· Served as Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Worcester; St. Luke’s, Westobrough; St. Francis of Assisi, Fitchburg, MA; St. Anne’s, Shrewsbury, MA; St. Brigid’s, Millbury, MA
· Named Pastor of Holy Angels’ Upton, MA – July 1992 Served as pastor up to September 2011
· Co-founding Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish, Upton, MA. Named Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish, Upton – September of 2011
· Involved with Worldwide marriage Encounter – Has served as presenting priest, Team Training Presenter, Executive Leadership for Worcester; MA/NH/RI/ Section 1 Leadership, Three terms as Section 20 Leadership.
· Helped to establish relationship with St. Anne’s, Sucrerie Henri, Haiti
He is a great scholar and a very holy and humble priest. St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish/ Fr. Larry Brault
Rev. Monsigner Karl Chimiak
A native Washingtonian, attended Mount Calvary parish and school in Forestville Maryland, graduated from Bowie State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a special education minor, received a Masters in Divinity from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg MD. In 2005 Father Chimiak was elevated by (Saint) Pope J John Paul II, Monsignor, Chaplain to the Holy Father. Monsignor is a retired Chaplain Colonel, United States Air Force serving 26 years including being mobilized during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He was the Police Chaplain for the Maryland State Police (19 years), Maryland State Transportation Authority Police (10 years) Charles county Sheriff Office, St. Mary’s Sheriff office, La Plata Police Departments. He was Catholic chaplain to the Prince Georges Police department, District 6, Beltsville, MD. Monsignor is also a fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and serves as an Association State Chaplain, special Liaison to the Cardinal’s office, District Friar, Archdiocese of Washington and member of the Prince George’s council in Beltsville. Monsignor Chimiak has been ordained close to 40 years and has been pastor at: St. Michael’s in Ridge Maryland, Holy Ghost in Issue Maryland, Sacred Heart in La Plata Maryland, St. George in Valley Lee Maryland and St. Joseph church in Beltsville Maryland.
“First and foremost, I am a priest and will always be a priest,” Msgr. Chimiak said. “One of the greatest honors you can get – by police, by military or by civilian – is the title ‘Father’ or ‘padre.’”
In all ages, priests have been held in the highest honor; yet the priests of the New Testament far exceed all others. For the power of consecrating and offering the Body and Blood of our Lord and of forgiving sins, which has been conferred on them, not only has nothing equal or like to it on earth, but even surpasses human reason and understanding.