About Us 

Our Staff

 


Fr. Timothy J. Shreenan, O.F.M.—Pastor
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Fr. Tim became Pastor of St. Patrick-St. Anthony on October 1, 2020 after spending more than 30 years at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City. He was ordained in 1984 and served initially in a small parish in West Milford, NJ before beginning his three-decade ministry in Manhattan, also serving for a time as Director of Communications for the Franciscans of Holy Name Province. Fr. Tim, the youngest of six children, was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Siena College in 1976 and a Master of Divinity degree in 1984 from Washington Theological Union. Fr. Tim’s interests include music (he plays the organ and the flute), art, history, travel and much more, including the study of illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.


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Fr. William Beaudin, O.F.M—Parochial Vicar & Guardian
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Born in Bangor, Maine, the fourth of six children, Fr. William met the Franciscans at Siena College in New York and entered the Order shortly after graduating with a B.A. in English in 1976. He did his graduate studies at Weston School of Theology (now part of Boston College), earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1981. Seven years later he received a Master of Liturgical Music degree from Catholic University of America.  In his nearly 40 years as a priest, he has worked in a variety of ministries, serving in parishes, urban ministry centers, a retreat house, the provincial council of Holy Name Province, and his alma mater where, from 2002 to 2015, he was the college chaplain, an adjunct professor in religious studies, the guardian of the friar community, and a writer and editor in the College’s communications department. His most recent assignment was as an associate pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Church in midtown Manhattan. Fr. William enjoys preaching, teaching, writing, reading literary classics, working out, and doing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle (which it takes him much longer to complete than it takes Fr. Tim Shreenan!).  Although new to Connecticut, coming to Hartford feels like coming home to this New England native.

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Carolyn Abramo—Office Assistant
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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 Campbell, CVA—Director of Volunteer Ministry
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Trudi 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), Spiritual Director and Direction Supervisor, 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. Trudi also serves as the facilitator of the Safe Environment program at St. Patrick - St. Anthony. Trudi and her husband Steve live in Glastonbury along with their Jack Russell Terrier, Puddles.

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Sarah Christopher—Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
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Sarah Christopher joined the Religious Education Team in 2016 and has worked alongside children in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and in preparing for their sacraments since 2012. Additionally, Sarah assists with parish communications by creating and sending the parish-wide emails. She also enjoys volunteering her time singing in the Treble Clef Choir. Sarah serves as the Elementary CGS catechist at Enfield Montessori School, and works as a Freelance Writer and Marketing Consultant. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and an MBA with a Marketing emphasis from American Intercontinental University. She lives in Manchester, CT with her husband and four children.

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Patricia E. Curtis—Pastoral Associate
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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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Mary Gray—Family Religious Education Program
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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
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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, the Friary 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. Michael Johnson, O.F.M.—Parochial Vicar
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Mike Johnson, OFM grew up in western Massachusetts and met the friars at Siena College. From there, he studied at UConn Law and practiced law in Enfield for 13 years.   In 1990, he reconnected with the Franciscans, when they arrived at St. Patrick's and Anthony.  Encouraged by the friars, he volunteered in AIDS ministry and strategic planning and served both as President of the Parish Council. Since joining the Franciscans in 1995 he’s worked in a wide variety of ministries, from supervising attorney in a RI law school legal clinic, to Hospice Chaplain outside DC to working with youth in the slums of Peru.   For five years Mike served as Chaplin and vocational rehab director of a Bolivian maximum-security prison.

For fifteen years he ministered at St Camillus, a large multicultural parish outside DC, the last eight as Pastor.   In 2005 Mike founded St. Francis Builds, a Franciscan mission experience which combines Franciscan retreat with the construction of houses and schools in poor communities.  He’s led over 30 mission trips to 10 different countries and US sites affected by natural disasters.  In 2010 he co-founded the national award-winning Saint Francis International School.  Most recently Mike served as Vicar of the friar community in Boston.  Mike will be splitting time between St Patrick/St Anthony and his new position as Director of a new Franciscan formation program called Brothers Walking Together.  The program guides younger friars through a nine-month immersion experience working with the poor in another culture.   In addition to mission work, Mike's interests include contemplative and street photography and gardening.   He also blogs at  http://reflectionsofafranciscangardener.blogspot.com musing on finding God in the garden and the messiness of ordinary life.

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Lauren Kasperowski—Traditional Program
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Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College (Worcester, MA) and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a school social worker for the East Hampton, CT public schools. 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
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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, DMA—Director of Music Ministry
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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—Parish Secretary
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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
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Deb has been involved with religious education for over twenty five 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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Fr. A. Francis Soucy, O.F.M.—Parochial Vicar & Senior Associate Friar

 

 

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Faith Vos Winkel—Confirmation
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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
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Michelle has been involved with religious education for over twenty-six years, involving all
ages, from preschool to adults. She enjoys being the current coordinator of the 7th and 8th grade ministry. Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She has experience teaching public, parochial, and homeschool. Michelle enjoys gardening and reading. Michelle and her husband Jason live in Prospect, CT, with their six children, and many pets. 

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