Vice Postulator for the Cause of Servant of God Patrick Peyton
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Servant of God Patrick Peyton, and Coordinator of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message.
Father Marcham hosts the Father Peyton Family Radio Program, and he celebrates weekday Masses at the Father Peyton Center, North Easton, MA, where he works. On Sundays, he celebrates Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish, North Easton.
He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on May 21, 2005. Father Marcham’s first assignment was parochial vicar of St. Mary’s parish, Franklin, MA (May 21, 2005-November 6, 2006).
During his priestly formation at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA, 1999-2005, his apostolic field education included service at St. Ann’s, Boston, MA, St. Mary’s, Brookline, MA, Cambridge Jail and Billerica House of Correction, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and St. Francis House, Boston.
Prior to becoming a seminarian, he was a physical therapist from 1988 to 1999, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients at New England Baptist Hospital, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Also, he was a clinician, a department coordinator, clinical instructor and an assistant instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions. His clinical and teaching interests included orthopedics (total knee replacement rehabilitation) and bio-ethics. “I thoroughly enjoyed helping people to heal after injury or surgery, and it allowed me to find fulfillment in using my interest in science and in serving others,” Father Marcham said.
“I was considering returning to school for doctoral studies or accepting a job offer from MGH to work as clinical specialist,” he related. “It was during this period of discernment that I turned to God and found that He was calling me to the priesthood. I was very surprised since I had not actively been thinking along these lines. My expectation was that I would continue within the profession of physical therapy, marry, and start a family. Although I had known priests who were friends of my family, I honestly didn’t believe I was truly being called to become a priest until 1998.”
Father Marcham has earned the following degrees: Master of Divinity, 2005, and Bachelor of Philosophy, 2001, from St. John’s Seminary, Brighton; Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital - Institute of Health Professions, Boston, 1997; Bachelor of Science of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston,1988.
Father Marcham was born in Cleveland, OH, on February 24, 1965 to David and Elizabeth Marcham, and he has one brother, Patrick. Raised in Quincy, MA, he attended Quincy public schools and played soccer and tennis and ran track. He served as an altar boy at his boyhood parish, St. John’s, Quincy, during his junior-high and high-school years. He served as a lector and confirmation teacher at Sacred Heart Parish, Quincy, from 1988 to1999.
Father Marcham enjoys reading, travel, cycling and basketball.