About Us 

Our Staff

 


 

Fr. Thomas Gallagher, ofm—Pastor and Guardian
tgallagher@spsact.org, extension 114
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Fr. Tom, who came to St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church as pastor in 2008, brings extensive experience in various ministries of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. Most recently, he completed nine years as Novice Master for Holy Name Province. Before that he spent fourteen years (ten as pastor) in parochial ministry at Holy Angels Church (Little Falls, NJ). He also spent four years at St. Francis Retreat Center (Rye Beach, NH). Fr. Tom holds a BA in Speech Therapy from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ) and an MA in Theology from the Washington Theological Union (Silver Spring, MD).

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Carolyn Abramo—Office Assistant
cabramo@spsact.org, extension 111

Carolyn joined the staff as nighttime secretary in 2001 and then transitioned to working Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the day. Possessing a background in information technology, Carolyn previously held positions at United Healthcare, Aetna, and GTE Data Services. She graduated with a double major in business administration and mathematics from Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL).

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Trudi White Campbell, CVA—Director of Volunteer Ministry

twhite@spsact.org, extension 110

Trudi White Campbell joined the parish staff in 2004, bringing with her experience in Volunteer and Ministry Management, and sales training. Trudi holds a BA from Wheaton College (Norton, MA), an MS from Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA) and completed the Education for Ministry Program from the University of the South (Sewanee, TN). A Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) and Spiritual Director, Trudi assists our community in matching people’s gifts and talents with ministerial opportunities, and focuses on community building and empowerment of all the baptized.

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Patricia E. Curtis—Pastoral Associate
pcurtis@spsact.org, extension 113

Pat joined the Pastoral Staff of St. Patrick—St. Anthony in 2001. Her primary responsibilities include working with the Adult Faith Formation Ministry, Baptism Preparation Team, Clare Gallery Ministry, and the Women of Hope Ministry. Prior to returning to Connecticut, Pat lived and worked in Rochester, New York, first as a systems analyst at Eastman Kodak, and then for twelve years as a Pastoral Associate at St. John the Evangelist Church. Pat holds an MA degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.

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+Fr. Andrew Giardino, ofm
April 13, 1930 - July 30, 2016

Fr. Andrew was part of the original Franciscan ministry team that arrived at St. Patrick—St. Anthony in 1990. Immediately before coming to Hartford, Fr. Andrew was a member of a Franciscan team ministry in Wanaque, NJ, and served at the same time as Director of Personnel for Holy Name Province and as a member of its Provincial Council. He left St. Patrick—St. Anthony in 1992 to become guardian and rector of St. Francis Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island, and returned here in 1995. Fr. Andrew has a BA from St. Bonaventure University.

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Mary Gray—Family Religious Education Program
mgray@spsact.org, extension 116

Mary has a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Reading and Language Arts from Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, CT) and currently teaches in the New Britain school system. Mary has been at St. Patrick—St. Anthony since 2005, and is currently the Coordinator for the Protecting God’s Children Program and the Family Program.

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Pamela Johnson—Business Manager, Cantor, Treble Clef Choir Director
pjohnson@spsact.org, extension 112

Pam left the corporate business world to join the St. Patrick-St. Anthony staff in 1998. In her Business Manager role Pam is responsible for keeping financial records for the Parish, the Franciscan Center, the Sister Parish and the Saints Parking Lot. She works with various contractors for the upkeep of the Church and Center facilities.  Pam also works with the pastoral staff in the development of support materials for their various ministries. As a musician she works closely with the Pastor and Director of Music Ministry to work out details for weekend, Holy Day and special liturgies including development and production of worship aids for all liturgies. Pam is originally from Wisconsin where her first singing experience was as a member of her family’s nine-voice choir singing sacred classical music for Catholic Masses… and she’s been singing ever since. In fact Pam's first experience prior to becoming part of the staff was being hired as a cantor and section leader in 1997. In addition to her cantoring and section leader duties Pam directs the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Treble Clef Choir. Pam received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. She has been a featured soloist with the Hartford Symphony, the Manchester Symphony and Chorus, the Farmington Valley Symphony, the Middletown Chorale and the Battell Orchestra. She has served as section leader and soloist in Hartford area churches and synagogues. In addition to professional choral singing Pam has extensive experience singing musical theatre, jazz and pop. Pam lives in Newington and is married with two children.

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Fr. Cidouane Joseph, ofm—Parochial Vicar
cjoseph@spsact.org, extension 167

Fr. Cid was born on August 29, 1965 in Carrefour Des Peres, zone Milot, Haiti. Upon graduation from Felix Box, grammar school in Cap Haitian, he attended Lycee Philippe Guerrier National High School in the same city. In 1993, Fr. Cid entered the Grand Seminaire Notre Dame d’Haiti where, after getting his diploma in philosophy, he was graduated with a bachelor degree in theology. In 2002, Fr. Cid migrated to the US and entered the Franciscan Order where he made his Solemn Vows on August 21, 2010. After his graduation from the Washington Theological Union (WTU) with a Masters in Pastoral Studies, and a diploma in CPE, (Counseling Pastoral Education) at Georgetown University Hospital, Fr. Cid was assigned to Holy Name parish in New York City for his internship, where everyone called him “Cid”. October 4, 2010, Fr. Cid was ordained Deacon at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. On May 21, 2011, Fr. Cid was ordained a priest at Holy Name of Jesus Church, in New York, City.  In addition to parish and hospital work, Father Cid has taught on the elementary and secondary school levels back in Haiti. Being a parochial vicar at St Patrick St Anthony Church in Hartford, CT, Fr. Cid continues to be a hospital Chaplain ministering at Uconn Health Center and Saint Francis Hospital. Fr. Cid is the liaison between St. Genevieve Parish in Zorange, Haiti and St Patrick St. Anthony- sister parishes. Fr. Cid currently resides at the Friary in Hartford, CT.

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Lauren Kasperowski—Coordinator of Religious Education
lkasperowski@spsact.org, extension 116

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College (Worcester, MA) and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut. Lauren coordinates the Traditional Religious Education Program and assists in sacramental preparation for children in the parish.

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Fr. J. Patrick Kelly, ofm—Parochial Vicar, Senior Assoc. Friar
jpk@hnpfriar.org, extension 121

Fr. Jim Kelly was born in Boston, raised in Newton and educated via the archdiocesan parochial school system, entering the Friars at 18 in 1962.  Educated then by Holy Name Province for priestly ministry, and after ordination to be a Pastoral Psychotherapist, he has degrees in Philosophy (BA), Theology (MA), Guidance and Counseling (MA... all from St. Bonaventure University) and Counseling and Personnel Services (PhD... Fordham U., NYC). For 35 years he ministered primarily at "FrancisCare: A Counseling Service, Inc" (which he founded) as well as parochial ministry on weekends and HIV/AIDS mission work in Zimbabwe, Africa. At St. Patrick/St. Anthony, he is involved in the sacramental ministry and offers Spiritual Counseling for those who seek his assistance.

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Fr. John Leonard, ofm—Parochial Vicar
jleonard@spsact.org, extension 129

Fr. John graduated from Tufts University in 1981 and worked in the Boston area for several years. He was admitted to the formation program of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province in 1989. He professed solemn vows in September 1995 and was ordained a priest in May 1996. His first three parish assignments were in northern New Jersey; he began his current assignment at St. Patrick—St. Anthony in July 2010.

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Gabriel Löfvall—Director of Music Ministry
glofvall@spsact.org, extension 164

Gabriel grew up listening to the sounds of the tango in his native Argentina, and is at ease conducting, playing the keyboards, or singing tenor. From a very young age Gabriel sang with the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Boys’ Choir in the city of Mendoza, Argentina, where he also studied piano. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the same university. Gabriel moved to the US in 1997 and got his Master of Music in Piano Performance as well as a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. His piano teacher was the celebrated Brazilian recitalist Luiz de Moura Castro. Gabriel’s music making has been heard all over the world, including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Canada. He has served as the assistant conductor for The Main Street Singers of New Britain, and as a member of CONCORA. In addition to his duties as Director of Music, Gabriel is the director of both the Bass Clef Choir and Gallery Choir and has developed a choral program that presents two choral/orchestral masterpieces yearly. He also co-directs the vocal ensemble Vallis Musicæ and is the Artistic Director of Joyful Noise Inc., the umbrella organization for Chorus Angelicus & GaudeamusGabriel is a frequent guest conductor and lecturer at different symposiums and conferences. Gabriel received his D.M.A (Doctor of Musical Arts degree) in choral conducting from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in May of 2016.

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Frances Martyn—Secretary
fmartyn@spsact.org, extension 100

A native of Hartford, Fran graduated from Bulkeley High School and attended the University of Hartford. Before coming to St. Patrick—St. Anthony in 1996, Fran worked for the CIGNA Corporation.

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Deb Pelletier—Coordinator of Religious Education
dpelletier@spsact.org, extension 116

Deb has been involved with religious education for over fifteen years and is currently coordinator of the religious education team and of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. She is a nationally recognized formation leader for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, and helped introduce the program to the parish. Deb received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her graduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Deb teaches in the graduate school of Springfield College (Springfield, MA).

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Orville Russell—Director of Maintenance

Orville, a native of Jamaica, graduated from Montego Bay Technical School with a degree in automotive mechanics and general studies; he is also a trained tailor. Orville spent four years in biblical studies in preparation for serving as assistant pastor of his home church in Jamaica. He came to the United States in 1982 and joined St. Patrick—St. Anthony Church in January 2000, after working on the construction of the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry.

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Faith Vos Winkel—Confirmation
fvoswinkel@spsact.org, extension 116

Faith joined the Office of Religious Education in 2000. She provided primary assistance to the Director of Religious Education (2000-2006) and in 2006 assumed responsibility for the Confirmation Program. Faith holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut.

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Michelle White—Seventh and Eighth Grade Ministry
mwhite@spsact.org, extension 116

 

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