Jon Schum and his husband Ron Lacro are members of Dignity/Boston and have served their chapter and Dignity/USA in a variety of liturgical, leadership, and service roles. Jon worked as a diocesan priest for over two decades in parish and educational settings. He also served as a retreat leader and conference speaker. Jon learned community organizing skills, which he put to work as part of a citywide, church-based citizens’ mobilization around housing and improved public services.
He studied at the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, and then earned a Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University. His master’s thesis explored the usefulness of storytelling and art-making in giving expression to the coming-out experiences of gay Catholics. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and worked for fourteen years for a non-profit elder service agency in Boston, supervising day programs and offering expressive therapy groups. He helped establish an agency program to address the needs of LGBT elders.
Jon draws from a lifelong fascination with stories of all kinds and an appreciation for the life story that is uniquely our own, that is a deep source of personal affirmation, growth, and healing. He sees personal and communal narrative as a lever for social change and maintains a strong interest in all things theological and spiritual.