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Meet the Friars

Fr. Martin Curtin, OFM Cap. Email Icon

Born June 21, 1958, Madison Wisconsin
Parents: William and Mary Curtin of Storrs CT
Sister: Mary Ellen Curtin Goldgar Hopewell NJ

Education:
E.O. Smith High School, Storrs CT- 1976 graduate
Colby College - 1980 graduate
Teaching Certificate - UConn 1982
Theology Maryknoll School of Theology - 1990 graduate M.Div.

Capuchin Assignments:
Novitiate St. Francis Friary Garrison NY 1983-4
Philosophy - Manchester NH St Anthony Friary 1984-5
Theology - Mary Immacualte Friary Garrison NY 1985-87
Language School - Cochabamba Bolivia 1987 July-Dec
Internship, Diaconate - St Michael's Friary Brooklyn NY 1988-1990
Parish priest (vicar, pastor) Our Lady Quuen of Angels East Harlem NYC 1990-2001
Catholic Theological Union - Chicago 2001-2
Novitiate (Novice Master) Mt. Calvary Wisconsin 2002-4
Postulancy (Director) St Michael's Brooklyn 2004-6
Pastor Good Shepherd Parish Inwood Manhattan 2006-7
Formation Director, Jamaica Plain Boston MA 2007-2010
Parish (vicar then pastor) St Joseph the Worker, East Patchogue Long Island, NY 2011-2020

Br. Brian Champoux, OFM Cap. Email Icon

Growing up in Springfield, Mass, Brother Brian is one of six children. At the age of 18 he started his six-month postulancy at St. Pius X Friary here in Middletown in February of 1968. After the provincial chapter of 1981, Fr. Don Bosco Duquette, the new provincial, assigned Brother Brian to Guam. In Guam he served as a formation director and as a teacher. Brother Brian is presently a volunteer at Saint John Paul II School, and also volunteers as a Catechist here in the parish.

Fr. Ernest Bedard, OFM Cap. Email Icon

Fr. Ernie grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He entered the Capuchin order in 2002, and completed his undergraduate studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. He then went on to earn both his M. Div. and Th.M. at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2012. Following ordination, Fr. Ernie served as a parochial vicar at several parishes in Manhattan including the Church of the Good Shepherd in Inwood, St. John the Baptist on W 30th Street, and Holy Cross Church on 42nd Street. He then served for a year and a half at St. Joseph Church in New Paltz, NY. Fr. Ernie arrived here at Saint Pius X in April of 2019 to live in residence at the friary, and then became a part of the parish staff as Parochial Vicar in 2020. Without question, Fr. Ernie is very happy to be here. As a New England native, he feels very much at home. In addition to his service here on the parish staff, Fr. Ernie serves as the Faithful Friar for the Bishop McFarland Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He also was appointed as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis in September of 2020. As a Missionary of Mercy, he has been given faculties to absolve sins normally reserved to the Holy See. He also often will speak about the topic of Mercy in his homilies. In his free time, Fr. Ernie enjoys both baseball and hockey, and loves his time at Hammonasset Beach in Southern Connecticut.