Fr. Tom Shea – Pastor
A graduate of Cathedral High School and Holy Cross College Fr. Tom prepared for the priesthood at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He served as parochial vicar in Pittsfield, Chicopee, Palmer and Springfield. He was co-pastor at Holy Family in Holyoke and Holy Cross in Springfield before coming to St. Patrick’s in 2003.
Fr. Fred Cournoyer – Parochial Vicar
Father Fred Cournoyer is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke and Boston College. He did his seminary studies at Blessed John Seminary in Weston. He was parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Springfield. He also served at Saint Ann and Our Lady of Suyapa parishes in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He was administrator at Sacred Heart Holyoke, and was pastor of St. Jude in Indian Orchard and St. Jerome in Holyoke. Before coming to St. Patrick he was founding pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Choloma, Honduras.
Sr. Cathy Ormond- Pastoral Minister
She was raised in Brooklyn, New York. After attending Elms College, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister has served in the Diocese as guidance counselor at Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High Schools and a Social Worker with substance abuse. Presently she is enjoying her ministry at St. Patrick’s since 2002.
John Bledsoe- Deacon
Born in Pensacola, FL and raised in Houston, TX. Served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and settled in South Hadley. Married Irene Labrie in 1957 and now married for 55 years. Co-owner of PIP Printing in South Hadley and ordained in 1991 after 4 years of schooling at Elms College. Deacon John has attended St. Patrick’s for 55 years, 21 years as a Deacon. He has two married daughters, one ordained son-in-law, one son-in-law a fireman and six grandchildren.
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-3:30pm, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm at 532-2850 or emailed at email@example.com.
Carol Lisella-Religious Education Coordinator
Carol has been our Religious Education Director since 2008. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and has two grown children. Carol is a graduate of Our Lady of the Elms College, receiving a Masters Degree in Theology. Along with running our education program she is also a religion teacher at St. Mary’s, Westfield, MA. Carol loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Born and raised in South Hadley, proud father of Ryan and Maya Dorsett. Started at St. Patrick’s in August 2014 as head of maintenance. Owner of America’s Best Carpet Care LLC, Lieutenant on the District #2 Fire Department where he’s served the town for 10 years, also served in the Army National Guard from 1993-1996 as a weapons specialist for the Cobra Attack Helicopter.
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.