Fr. William L. Beaudin, O.F.M., entered the Franciscans shortly after graduating from Siena College in 1976. He received his theological and ministerial education at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1981. After four years of parish work in Manhattan, Fr. Bill went back to school, this time to Catholic University of America where he pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in music, leading to a Masters in Liturgical Music.
Following the completion of his music degree, Fr. Bill was assigned to St. Francis Retreat house in Rye Beach, NH. There he engaged in retreat ministry and spiritual direction and served as the director of music and director of Franciscan Life Experience, a sabbatical program for Franciscan men and women from around the world.
1992 brought Fr. Bill to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston and to the position of director of music for the Shrine. He was also a confessor, spiritual director, and instructor in the Shrine’s adult faith formation program. In 1997, he moved on to the St. Francis Chapel and City Ministry Center in Providence, RI where he was the vicar of the Franciscan community and the Chapel’s director of worship.
In February of 2002, Fr. Bill came home to Siena, and on July 1 of that year, became the college’s chaplain, a position he held until June 2009. He also served as a friar-in-residence in Plassmann Hall (his old dormitory when he was a student here thirty years ago) and Hennepin Hall, and as the Guardian of the Siena Friary.
Fr. Bill now lives in New York City and is working on the planning for a proposed merger of American Franciscan provinces.