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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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—Parochial Vicar
agiardino@spsact.org, extension 115

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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Carol Hanlon—Seventh and Eighth Grade Ministry
chanlon@spsact.org, extension 116

Carol has been a parishioner at St. Patrick—St. Anthony Church since 1991 and holds an M. Ed. in Religious Education from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Involved in religious education since 1999, Carol facilitates the Seventh and Eighth Grade Ministry Program. She also participated in the establishment of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program here at St. Patrick—St. Anthony Church and has been a catechist since 2005.

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Pamela Johnson—Associate Liturgy Director; Office Administrator
pjohnson@spsact.org, extension 112

Pam joined the parish staff in 1998 and currently serves as Office Administrator and Associate Liturgy Director. As Office Admin, she helps the pastoral staff develop support materials for their ministries and assists with general and financial reporting. As Associate Liturgy Director, Pam collaborates in preparing liturgical music and worship aids for parish celebrations. Holding a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music (Appleton, Wisconsin), Pam 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.

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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. 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

Conductor, pianist, and tenor Gabriel Löfvall serves as our Director of Music Ministry. Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Gabriel attended the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Gabriel moved to the United States in 1997, and holds two Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) in piano performance and in Choral Conducting; he is presently a doctoral candidate there. A member of several professional groups, including the Connecticut Choral Artists (CONCORA), Gabriel co-founded and co-directs Vallis Musicæ, a mixed chorale devoted to disseminating choral music; he is also the assistant conductor for The Main Street Singers of New Britain.

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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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Trudi White, CVA—Director of Volunteer Ministry
twhite@spsact.org, extension 110

Trudi White 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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