Welcome



Welcome Fr. Joe

My name is Joseph Canavan, and I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on May 23,1970. I have spent many years working with Hispanic and English populations in Woburn, Haverhill, Lynn, and Cambridge. For a couple of years, I also worked with Cambodian refugees in Lawrence and Lowell. In my last assignment I was the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Cambridge for 5 years. I asked for and was granted a year’s leave of absence in 2004 and I moved in with my sister in Tupelo, MS and worked as a counselor in a state hospital. Before I was able to return to Boston in 2005, my mother had, at the age of 89, had a serious accident and she was forced to sell her house. She, too, moved to Mississippi since my sister and I were both living there. We moved to Florida in 2011. I had the blessing of taking care of her until her death at 103 in January 2020.

I attempted to work part-time as a priest in Mississippi and Florida but I was told that wasn’t possible until I returned to Boston and could participate in a four-month refresher course at Pope John XXIII Seminary. I was not willing to put my mother in a nursing home since I could and wanted to care for her, so I had to wait.


I did attend Pope John XXIII from January to May of this year. As you can imagine, my return was delayed for almost a year due to the pandemic. However, I am now here and even after a few days, I consider myself to be the luckiest priest in the Archdiocese. This community has endured many challenges but rather than succumb to them, you have grown stronger. I am indeed honored to be a part of all that this community represents.


Welcome Lee Maleno

Hello- I am Lee, and I want to thank you for your warm welcome!  I am happy to introduce myself as the Pastoral Assistant for St. Anselm’s Church.  I am originally from RI, and I graduated from Assumption College, now University.  

For the last ten plus years, it has been a sweet blessing to have served and worked in Youth Ministry and Faith Formation in the Diocese of Worcester.  I am thankful for this special call now to be present, serve, and teach through pastoral care work and in Faith Formation here at St. Anselm’s Church in the Archdiocese of Boston.  

Please know that I look forward to journeying with you as I begin this position in mid-July, and I  invite you to join this special journey with me to share faith and life together.  In addition to Ministry work, I enjoy reading, art, music, and nature as well as spending time with God, and my dear family and friends.  It is a blessing to have met some of you already, and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks!


Upcoming Events


  • Taizé Prayer Service – Thursday, October 28 at 7 pm. To learn more, go to the GetInvolved/Pray page.
  • Family Fall Fest – Sunday, October 31st at 10 am (before outdoor mass). Enjoy fun, fellowship, & games at our Family Fall Fest. Come dressed in Halloween costumes and/or in Halloween colors. Donations encouraged of canned good items for Daniel’s Table. All are welcome!
  • Special Masses – Monday, November 1st (All Saints’ day) and Tuesday, November 2nd (All Souls’ Day). Both masses are at 9 am.
  • Mass of Remembrance – Saturday, November 6th at the 5 pm Vigil Mass. At this in-person and livestreamed mass we remember those who have passed to the Lord in the last year.
  • Prayer Requests – You can now write in our Virtual Book of Special Intentions at #StAnselmPraysWithYou. Prayer is so powerful.

Visit our Events Calendar



Mass Schedule


If conditions are too adverse to use the outdoor altar, mass will be celebrated indoors while you listen on your car radio outside. Communion will be brought out to you.

The Sudbury Board of Health issued a mask mandate effective September 1st. We will require mask wearing at Indoor Mass.


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The Drive-In Mass comes to Sudbury

Palms being presented for blessing at the Palm Sunday Outdoor Drive In Mass on March 28th, 2021

Click here to read the Sudbury Town Crier article about our outdoor masses.


Photo gallery from our “Hello and Goodbye” party.

Click to view pictures from our “Hello and Goodbye” party.




Our Mission

St. Anselm Church is a caring committed, Catholic community fostering a close and effective collaboration among the clergy, religious and laity, living the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. With appreciation of our diversity, we create a welcoming partnership of loving relationships through our commitment to sharing our time, talent, and treasure. We provide an atmosphere of collective thankfulness and spiritual nourishment through our vibrant sacramental life.