Rev. Michael John O’Brien obituary

Rev. Michael John O’Brien, age 64, of Braintree, MA, formerly of Plymouth, MA and NJ, died on March 4th, 2016 at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth following a recent illness. He was the devoted husband of Pamela Ann (Kistler) O’Brien. Born in New York City, Bronx, NY, he was son of the late John and Margaret (Hunt) O’Brien. He was educated in Bergenfield High School, NJ, Gettysburg College, PA as well as Princeton Theological Seminary where he received his Master’s in Theological Divinity as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Rev O’Brien had worked as a Presbyterian minister serving churches in Boundbrook, NJ, Long Valley, NJ, Columbia, MD, and Silver Springs, MD. Rev. O’Brien was currently interim Pastor at Burlington Presbyterian Church in MA. He attained C.P.E. certification and worked for Beacon Hospice in MA. He was a Civil War and World War II history enthusiast. He loved spending time at the beach, walking, being with his family, supporting our troops, and most especially helping others whenever the opportunity would arise. Besides leaving his wife Pamela, Michael was the loving father of Dave O’Brien of Kent, Ohio, and step-father to James Harris and his wife Nicole of Hackettstown, NJ, Dr. Kelly Dvorin and her companion Dr. Brian Zuzelo of Chelmsford, MA, and Kathryn Hoopman and her husband Bryan of Flanders, NJ. He leaves behind 2 sisters, Jacquelyne Stemmer and her husband Peter, and Jean Boston both of Charlottesville, VA. He was the cherished grandfather of Riley, Zoey, Bella, Ava, and Nora. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at the Church of the Pilgrimage, Town Square, Plymouth, MA on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.

Celebrating the life of Pastor Mike O’Brien


Word has come that Pastor Mike O’Brien died on Friday morning. Our hearts are heavy with missing him already. We hold great faith that he is in the father’s house, as was promised by Jesus. But he leaves behind a many who were not ready to say farewell.

The service celebrating Mike’s life and witness will be on Saturday, March 12 2016 at 3pm at the Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, the family notes that contributions may be made to Homes for Our Troops.


Singing Valentine


The Burlington Presbyterian Church and The Gentlemen Songsters are teaming up to raise funds to improve our church community.

This year, when you purchase a Singing Valentine Delivery from The Gentlemen Songsters, 50% of the purchase will be donated to The Burlington Presbyterian Church

A sharply dressed barbershop quartet will be escorted directly into the home or place of business of the unsuspecting loved one. They will sing a song that reflects your personal feelings and then present a single long stemmed rose, a Valentine’s Day card containing your words. A digital photograph of the occasion to help preserve the moment in time forever. The best part? Your sweetheart will be the envy of all that see what you did for them. That means big points for you!

The reactions of past recipients of these singing telegrams are wonderful and varied. For many, it is a deeply moving experience, often with a tear. For others, it is an unusual and funny gift of love. For all, it is unforgettable!

Valentines will be delivered FRIDAY 2/13 & Saturday 2/14, 2015
(other dates by request)

Packages Start at $79
email: phone: 978.267.1644

Serving Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, Billerica, Andover, Haverhill, Burlington, Bedford, Tyngsboro…..and More!

Welcome to Reverend Michael O’Brien!

To the congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Burlington:

The Interim Search Committee, having met nine times, reviewed the qualifications of five candidates, three of whom were interviewed directly. We also wrote a position description, interview and reference questions and terms of call for the position of Interim Pastor.

We are pleased to announce that our unanimous choice, Rev. Michael J. O’Brien, was appointed as our Interim Pastor beginning on August 19, 2014 by vote of the Presbytery of Boston held at our church on August 18, 2014.

Rev. O’Brien is a graduate of Gettysburg College, holds an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a MSW degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work. He did his Basic Clinical Pastoral Education unit at Worcester State Hospital and completed 4 Advanced units of Clinical Pastoral Education in a Chaplaincy Residency program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. He has served as either Senior Pastor, Pastor, Assistant/Associate Pastor or Interim Associate Pastor at four Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Maryland from 1977 to 2009. From July, 2010 to July, 2014, he served as Chaplain at Beacon Hospice in Plymouth, MA, having been Chaplain at Sutter Medical Center for the prior year.

The Interim Search Committee did reference checks on Rev. O’Brien and all were found to be very satisfactory. Our direct interview with him revealed a very competent, enthusiastic and compassionate individual committed to serving the whole church in its many facets. His preaching, which we viewed on YouTube, was lively and presented the Gospel in a relevant and personal way. He is an effective administrator and has a true gift for empathic listening We would encourage all to introduce themselves to Mike, and his wife Pam, in the coming Sundays.

– The Interim Search Committee

A letter from Rod

Dear Burlington Church Family,

What a wonderful, never-to-be-forgotten weekend you provided for Cathy and me! From the pre-weekend “conspiracy” to get things ready…to the stunning decor of fellowship hall, replete with giant balloons and the message banners…and the ingenious placement of the tables to accommodate the crowd…to Millie’s excellent MC-ing…to the wonderful generosity of the gifts, financial, and pictorial (the beautiful book and the slide show will always remind us of James’ time and talent, as well as giving great memories of several “generations” of BPC-ers)…Ken’s “poet laureate” verses…to the surprise of Sunday morning bagpipes and the Bells’ clever Postlude offering…and the Voices of Ghana…Shelly’s able assistance in “sending” us…and the astonishing cake with replica of the stained glass cross (James, again!)…

You could not have done more to provide us with an everlasting sense of the love and caring of the BPC family. It was also a genuine proof of your strengths as you enter this interim time.


Of course, the very best gift you can give is yourself, remaining active and committed to the life and work of BPC, and encouraging others to do the same.

We will always look forward to hearing from our friends, of course, and welcoming your visits to Brewster.

Our address is: 74 Woodview Drive, Brewster, MA. 02631.

My new EMAIL ADDRESS is: rodmac.ret {at}

We will provide the church with a new phone number soon.

Hope this finds you all well — enjoying the goodness of Spring, and the grace of our loving God.

Blessings and peace,


Spring Cleanup

Dear BPC Family

This Saturday (June 1, 2013) will be our annual spring work day. Come, help us clean up, and be good stewards of our church. Action will start about 8:00 a.m. – but come when you can! Exciting events include leaf raking, gutter cleaning, sweeping, mowing and trimming. Bring lawn tools, and don’t forget your gloves. Electric blowers and long extensions cords are especially helpful.

Yes, it’s going to be hot – but more hands make lighter work, and we’ll have plenty of cold drinks on hand.

See you then!

Linda Benson

Dear BPC Family,

With great sorrow, I pass along to you the word that our faithful secretary (and friend) of seven years, Linda Benson, succumbed to complications from leukemia Saturday night, December 15 2012. It is a devastating loss for many; but after six very difficult months, we know that she is embraced by God’s peace.

Please keep her husband, Ben; sons, Richard and Nicholas; and sisters Marcia and Janice in your prayers.

Here are the plans for services:

Visiting hours — Wednesday 12/19, 4-8 pm (note: a special service, called the Panikhida, takes place at 6)
Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St, Woburn

Funeral service– Thursday 12/20, 10 am
Holy Trinity Cathedral (Russian Orthodox), 165 Park Drive, Boston (Fenway area)
(I will have room for 2 in my car if you are interested)

Memorial Gifts– Timothy Padulsky Memorial Trust, 11 Dixon Road, Woburn 01801
(To help cancer families in the community and at the Floating Hospital; Timothy was a young man who died from leukemia)

For sympathy cards and notes– please contact the office at for the address.

At a future date – probably following the holidays – we expect to provide a simple time of remembrance of Linda at our church.

Blessings and peace,