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Fr. Jack

Rev. Jack Sheaffer

Fr. Jack Sheaffer has been named pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish effective September 1, 2016.  Fr. Jack served St. Francis Parish as a parochial vicar from October 2003 to June 2004.  Fr. Jack was pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Springfield from 2004-2011 and more recently was pastor of the Parish of Mary, Mother of the Church (which serves St. Mary's in Lee, St. Mary of the Lakes in Otis, and St. Joseph in Stockbridge).  From 2007-2015, Fr. Jack also served as the Springfield Police Department Chaplain.

Fr. Jack graduated from Cathedral High School, St. John's Seminary College in Boston, and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Illinois.


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Deacon Bill Brawner

Deacon Bill is the eldest of four children and was raised as an Episcopalian in California, Hawaii, Switzerland, and New York.  He was awarded an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College in Vermont.  For several decades, Dcn Bill worked as a third-party administrator for employee benefit plans.  In 2008, he began a new career as a parish finance administrator and currently works with several parishes in the diocese.

Confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith at Easter Services 2002, Dcn Bill has been active in his home parish in Granby as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister and has also taught 10th grade at St. Francis with the Generations of Faith Program.  In 2004, with some help, he perceived a calling to the Permanent Diaconate.   Following four years of college-level studies and formation, he was awarded a M.A.A.T. (Master of Arts in Applied Theology), and was ordained in 2009.

Dcn Bill is married to his college classmate, and best friend, Kathryn Buckley-Brawner.  They had lived in Belchertown, but moved to Granby to be closer to the parish where Kathryn is the Pastoral Minister.  They have an adult daughter, Kyrsten, a Mount Holyoke graduate.

 Mrs. Louise Christ

Mr. Tom Curto
Maintenance Supervisor

Dr. Carolyn Vogt Groves
Coordinator of Religious Education

Mrs. Linda Racicot
Coordinator of First Penance/Communion

Ms. Melissa Hurst
High School Coordinator

Mrs. Judy Trickey
RCIA Coordinator

Mrs. Christine Hurst
Parish Child Advocate
Diocescan Child and Youth Protection Web site

Mr. Franco Dell'Olio
Pastoral Council Chair

Mr. David Paul
Finance Committee Chair



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