Born:            September 7, 1931, Arlington, MA, USA
Died:            April 26, 2016, Campion Health Center, Weston, MA

Parents:        Raymond Glen and Alice Cecilia (Clancy) Helmick
Brother:        Monsignor William Manning Helmick, Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, MA
Sister:            Marie Josephine (Helmick) Barry, Peabody, MA
Nephew:       Raymond Barry, Tewksbury, MA
Niece:            Anne Marie Barry, Port Charles, LA

Education:    Early Education: St. Agnes School, Arlington, MA
                          Graduated Boston College High School, 1949
                          Entered Jesuit Order (Society of Jesus) in the New England Province, September 7, 1949,                                          but then required to leave novitiate because of health problems in June 1950.

Re-Entered:  February 2, 1951, Lenox, MA, St. Stanislaus Novitiate / Shadowbrook

Ordained:      August 27, 1963, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Bartholomeusdom

Final Vows:   August 15, 1973, Farm Street Church, London, England

1951-1954:  Jesuit Novitiate and Juniorate (Clasical Studies) at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass.

1954-1957:  Philosophy studies at Weston College, Weston, Mass.
                        (the Jesuit Collgium Maximum for the New England Province).


                         Degrees:  BA, granted by Boston College, 1956
                                            MA Phil., Boston College, 1957
                                             Licentiate in Philosophy, granted by the Gregorian University, Rome, 1957
                                             Doctoral Studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York 1967-1973

1957-1960:  Teaching History at St. George's College, Kingston, Jamaica.  

1960-1964:  Theology Studies at teh Hochshule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt.M., Germany.

                         Ordained a priest August 1963.

                       Degree:  STL, 1964

1964-1965:  Jesuit Tertianship, conducted at Pomfret, CT.  

1965-1967:  Return to St. George's College, Kingston, Jamaica, this time to teach English.



  • Faculty, St. George's College, Kingston, Jamaica, 1957-1960 and 1965-1967
  • Associate Director - Center for Human Rights and Responsibilities, Farm Street, London, 1973-1981
  • Co-founder, Center of Concern for Human Dignity, Dublin & London, 1979-1981
  • Co-founder, Senior Associate, Conflict Analysis Center, Washington, 1982+
  • Professor of Conflict Resolution, Theology Dept. and International Studies Program, Boston College, 1984—2015
  • Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, 2000—2004
  • Faculty, Rotary Peace Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 2014
  • Co-founder , U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, Seattle, 1987—1992
  • Advisory Board, Organization for Human Rights in Iraq, Boston, 1992+
  • Board of Directors, Refugee Immigrant Ministry, Boston
  • Vice President, Consent of the Governed, 2005-2008
  • Global Advisory Board, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 
  • Senior Associate, Program in Preventative Diplomacy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC 2002-2004

For more information, please read the two following documents.


Fr. Ray's Interview - New England Jesuit Oral History Progra