Fr. Edward Moran
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Father Moran was born in Hartford, CT and spent most of his school years growing up in Manchester, CT. He did his undergraduate degree at St. Bonaventure University and his graduate degree in Reformation Studies at Trinity College, Hartford.
He was ordained by the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1976 and has spent 25 of his 40 years as a priest ministering to the people of St. Thomas the Apostle parish. Also during his career he taught at several catholic high schools within the archdiocese, most notably teaching at Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford. It is his clear and certain mission that St. Thomas the Apostle is a place where no one is judged and all are welcome.
Fr. Richard Okiria
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The Reverend Richard Pius Okiria entered the seminary at the age of twelve and was ordained in December 1986 for the Diocese of Soroti in Eastern Uganda.
After 15 years of ministry in his Diocese, serving as Rector of the minor seminary, as Pastor of several Parishes and lecturer in the National Theological Seminary, Fr. Richard took a sabbatical and was admitted to the Yale Divinity School for a Master’s in Divinity. He also trained in Hospital Chaplaincy work at Yale New Haven Hospital. Fr. Richard has served in several parishes within the Hartford Archdiocese as Parochial Vicar, Administrator of joint Parishes, and as Pastor.
Fr. Richard has always believed in a vibrant Parish and is very excited to be part of the Spirt at St Thomas the Apostles, where he is returning having served here previously between 2007 and 2009.
Deacon Jim McCormack
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Deacon McCormack comes to us from St Mark the Evangelist, where he has served since his Ordination in 2014. Jim and his wife Kathy live in Hartford, where they raised their four children. During the week Jim works for Samsung Electronics America. Jim and Kathy were St Thomas the Apostle parishioners for 20 years before Jim's ordination to the Diaconate.
Elizabeth is the Director of Religious Education. Her responsibilities include faith formation for grades 1-8, training and continuing education for catechists, sacramental preparation for Baptism and First Reconciliation/Eucharist, faith formation and sacramental preparation for adults through the RCIA process, Stephen Ministry Leader and building a ministry of pastoral outreach to the parish, and parish coordinator of Protecting God’s Children which includes facilitating adult VIRTUS Training and Child Lures for grades 1-8.
Chris is the Director of the Confirmation Program and the Director of Youth Ministry, overseeing faith formation for high school students. At Saint Thomas, this faith formation includes preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation for students in the 9th and 10th grade and STAY, a youth group for all students in high school. All high school students are invited to participate in STAY's Sunday evening program which strives to build fellowship through social activities, deepen faith through spiritual activities and grow compassion through service to the community.
David is the Director of Music Ministries. David’s main responsibility is to coordinate and direct all music related matters at St Thomas the Apostle. David selects all music to be played/sung at all weekend and special liturgies; plays organ or piano, conducts and sings as needed for all liturgies; arranges for extra musicians; and plans/coordinates any Music Ministry-related events throughout the year including weddings and funerals.
David also coordinates any rentals of the upper church, whether that is for a special service/ceremony, or for a concert. The upper church is regularly used by choral organizations and schools, such as Concora and the Connecticut Children Chorus.
Ellen is one of two part-time parish secretaries. Her responsibilities include: maintaining sacramental records; scheduling Mass intentions; scheduling appointments for the clergy; scheduling weddings; scheduling funerals; scheduling Eucharistic Ministers; assisting with the weekly parish bulletin; maintaining the parish website; maintaining the parish app; and various other secretarial duties. Ellen is in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Anna is responsible for the financial bookkeeping of the church under the direction of the Finance Committee and Pastor. She maintains parish accounting records. Responsibilities include the recording of donations and weekly collections, processing of payments to vendors, staff payroll, and the preparation of monthly and yearly financial reports and the annual budget.
Chantal is responsible for the overall Environment of the Church. This involves following the liturgical calendar throughout the year and using seasonal “decorations” to create a warm and visually pleasing setting. Chantal is also the Parish Center Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates the scheduling of ministry functions as well as planning other receptions which take place in the Parish Center. She oversees the cleaning and maintenance of the Parish Center and upper Church.
Suzanne is one of two part-time parish secretaries. Her responsibilities include: maintaining sacramental records; scheduling Mass intentions; scheduling weddings; scheduling funerals; assisting with the weekly parish bulletin; and various other secretarial duties. Suzanne is in the office on Tuesday and Thursday.