Staff Directory

Fr. James – Pastor

Fr. James came to St Patrick’s in July of 2015 and was named Pastor in July of 2016. He has been a priest in the Springfield Diocese since June of 2012.  Fr. James was previously a Jesuit, a lawyer, a dairy farmer, a carpenter and he has taught middle school, high school, college and graduate school. Fr. James has degrees from the University of Connecticut, Gonzaga University School of Law, Miltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Dublin, and Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary. On his day off, he is an adjunct professor of Philosophy at Pope Saint John XXIII.

Gwen Blanchard- Administrative Assistant

Gwen Blanchard- Administrative Assistant

Previously worked as an office supervisor at an awards company for 20 years, before joining the staff at St. Patrick’s in 2010. She’s been happily married for over 20 years, has one daughter, is a life-long resident of South Hadley and a 4th generation parishioner of St. Patrick’s.

Gwen can be contacted at the parish office during regular hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm at 532-2850 or emailed at

Deacon David Bergeron- Pastoral Minister

Raised in the Leeds section of Northampton, Dave has been a parishioner of St. Patrick’s for 30 years. He and his wife Deb have been married nearly 30 years and have one son. In his spare time Dave enjoys walks with Deb as well as hiking and biking the many trails in the area. Dave was ordained as Deacon of St. Patrick’s Parish on May 20, 2017.

Kelly O’Connor- Religious Education Director

J. – Facilities Manager

J. joined our parish in 2014 when he and his wife came back to Western Mass for his last military assignment and retired the end of 2017. Cynthia and J. spend much of their free time traveling around and hiking with their two dogs Sandy and Woody.

James R Brady

Gertrude Kennedy- Director of Music & Organist

Gertrude Kennedy- Director of Music & Organist

Gert Kennedy has been the organist and director of the Senior Choir at St. Patrick’s since 1956. At the same time, she has played the organ at Holy Rosary Church in Holyoke. She has accompanied musical productions at Holyoke Catholic High School. Currently, she also accompanies the singing group Choralites, at the Council on Aging in South Hadley.