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Meet the Friars

Fr. John Gallagher, OFM Cap

Fr. John was born in the Bronx, New York, and entered the Capuchin Order in 1971. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and has served in parish ministry in Brooklyn and Yonkers, New York, and Manchester, New Hampshire. He has also served in Administration and Formation Ministry for the Province of St. Mary in New York and New England. Fr. John is currently the pastor of Saint Pius X Parish and Guardian of the Capuchin community.

Fr. Scott Surrency, OFM Cap.

Originally from Florida, Fr. Scott graduated from the University of Georgia, then attended Yale, studying Italian literature. After teaching at Penn State for a number of years, he moved to New York City, where he eventually met the friars. A convert to Catholicism, Fr. Scott was invested in the Capuchin habit in 2011 and ordained a priest in 2017. Having lived in New Haven for seven years, Fr. Scott feels very much at home in Connecticut and is delighted to be a part of the Saint Pius X parish family. In his spare time, Fr. Scott enjoys reading, classical music, movies, visits to art museums, and walking.

Br. Eugene Sheehan, OFM Cap

Br. Eugene was born in Brooklyn, New York, and entered the Capuchin Order in 1965. He has served the Province in many capacities as cook, porter, tailor, and maintenance supervisor in Milton, Massachusetts, Hudson, New Hampshire, Garrison and Yonkers, New York, and New York City. Br. Eugene has been at Saint Pius X since 1981 fulfilling all of the above positions in addition to serving as the Province's Provincial Tailor. He has been the driving force behind much of the social outreach at Saint Pius X during his time here and the organizer of many social and fund-raising events.

Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap

Fr. Richard is the youngest of four sons of Henry and the late Bridget Crawley. Fr. Richard was born in the Bronx, New York but moved to the Hudson Valley area and grew up in Wallkill, New York. Fr. Richard responded to the Lord's call to discipleship and entered the Capuchin Franciscans in 1992. In 2006, he entered the seminary and earned his Master's in Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 2009. Fr. Richard was ordained on October 3rd, 2009. Fr. Richard says he is delighted to be in Connecticut and is looking forward to teaching at St. Thomas Moore School.

Fr. Don Bosco Duquette, OFM Cap

Fr. Don Bosco was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and entered the Capuchin Order in 1959 after a stint in the Army. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. After working in the print communications field he served for many years in Provincial Formation and Administration Ministries. He subsequently served in parish ministry in Yonkers, New York, Middletown, Connecticut and most recently Portland Maine. While living in retirement at Saint Pius X, Fr. Don Bosco provides assistance with Mass and Confessions at area parishes and convents.

Fr. James Hammer, OFM Cap

Fr. Jim was born in New York City in 1939 and entered the Capuchin Order in 1957. In addition to Formation Ministry in Hudson, New Hampshire, Fr. Jim has served most of his priestly life in parish ministry in New York City, Saint Pius X, Middletown, Connecticut, Manchester, New Hampshire, and most recently in Portland, Maine. Fr. Jim has been involved in the preaching ministry offering parishes missions throughout northern New England and is known as a popular teacher of the faith and scripture. In addition to parish assistance at Saint Pius X, he currently provides assistance to local parishes.

Fr. Raynold Thibodeau, OFM Cap

Fr. Ray was born in Van Buren, Maine, and entered the Capuchin Order in 1979. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985 and has served in various ministries. He served as a missionary on Guam, Mariana Islands. He was Catholic Chaplain at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and SUNY New Paltz in New York. He served as hospital and nursing home chaplain in Yonkers, New York, and has been involved in parish ministry at Saint Pius X, Middletown, in New York City, and most recently in Rutland, Vermont. Fr. Ray provides assistance at Saint Pius X Parish and area churches.