St. Vincent de Paul Church
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Father William T. McBride
Rev. William T. McBride
July 24, 1917 - October 21, 1998

Father McBride was born of Rose Kelly McBride and William T. McBride in Philadelphia on July 24, 1917. He was baptized on August 5, 1917 by Rev. Thomas Gaffney at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Philadelphia; his Godparents were Francis Kelly and Maria Doyle. In June, 1929 he graduated from Saint Anthony's School; and in June 1933, he graduated from Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia.

Dennis Cardinal Dougherty ordained him to the priesthood on May 30, 1942 at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, and appointed him as assistant pastor of St. Mary of the Eternal Church, Philadelphia. In 1945 he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, Philadelphia; in 1950, assistant pastor of St. David Church, Willow Grove; in 1955, assistant pastor of Visitation B.V.M Church, Philadelphia; and in 1962 assistant pastor of St. Anne Church, Philadelphia.

On May 27, 1968, John Cardinal Krol named Father McBride the Founding Pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Richboro. He accepted Father Martin's offer to take up residence at St. Bede the Venerable Rectory, and celebrated the parish's first Sunday Masses at Churchville School on June 23, 1968. On October 4, 1968, Father McBride moved into a temporary Rectory on Almshouse Road in downtown Richboro; on September 21, 1969, he broke ground for the Church at Hatboro and Tanyard Roads, and he celebrated the first Sunday Masses at Saint Vincent de Paul Church on November 15, 1970. John Cardinal Krol dedicated the Church and confirmed the first Confirmation class on May 8, 1971. Father McBride moved into the present Rectory in 1975, and opened the Religious Education Building in September, 1983. On June 1, 1993, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua appointed him Pastor Emeritus of Saint Vincent de Paul Church with residence at Regina Coeli, Warminster.

In retirement, despite health problems including two hip replacements, Father McBride continued to minister to his parish family whenever necessary. He died suddenly at Regina Coeli Residence on October 21, 1998, and continues to be remembered in the parish he founded.


 
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Father Joseph J. McLaughlin
Rev. Joseph J. McLaughlin
St. Vincent de Paul Rectory
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-357-5905 EXT 102
E-mail: revjjmcl@nni.net

Born in 1938 of Joseph J. and Loretta T. McLaughlin in Philadelphia, Father McLaughlin was baptized at St. Athanasius Church, Philadelphia and confirmed at Holy Angels Church, Philadelphia. After graduation from Saint John the Baptist High School, Philadelphia in 1956, he matriculated at LaSalle College, Philadelphia, as a mathematics major. In September, 1958 he matriculated at Saint Charles Seminary, Overbrook. He was ordained a priest by John Cardinal Krol at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, on May 21, 1966, the same month he received an M.A. in mathematics from Villanova University, Villanova, PA.

After a year as assistant pastor of St Hilary of Poitiers Church, Rydal, PA, Father McLaughlin was appointed professor at Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, PA. In June, 1975, he was appointed principal of Lansdale Catholic High School, Lansdale, PA; in June, 1981, principal of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA; and in June 1988, principal of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, PA. He was appointed Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in June, 1993, succeeding Rev. William T. McBride, our founding pastor.

In 1968 Father McLaughlin began studying, then teaching, computer programming. In 1982 he began writing the JEN-A-SyS software package, now maintained and expanded by others, which is still used for tuition accounting, grade reporting, attendance, etc. in the secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. His programming skills are in C, COBOL and UNIX shell-scripts and utilities (e.g. awk).



Deacon Golaszewski
Deacon John M. Golaszewski
St. Vincent de Paul Rectory
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-357-5905 EXT 105
E-mail: djack@nni.net

On June 10, 2001, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua ordained parishioner Jack Golaszewski to the permanent diaconate and appointed him to diaconal ministry in the parish. Deacon Golaszewski is the first parishioner to be ordained to the permanent diaconate, and the first to serve in the parish.

In January, 2003, Deacon Golaszewski became the Business Manager at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He served in that position until retiring in November, 2009.



Deacon Iacobellis
Deacon William F. Iacobellis
St. Vincent de Paul Rectory
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-357-5905 EXT 115

On June 6, 2004, Justin Cardinal Rigali ordained parishioner Bill Iacobellis to the permanent diaconate and appointed him to diaconal ministry in the parish.

Bill first felt the desire to become a deacon 16 years ago when he and Terry lived in Connecticut; however, his work schedule at the time prevented his entering the program in Stamford. Then a career oportunity brought the Iacobellis family to Pennsylvania and to our parish.

Two years after moving to Richboro, Bill began studies in the Church Ministry program at St. Charles Seminary — he attributes to Divine Providence both his personal growth since the time of his first "call," and a new work schedule that allowed him to attend class. After two years of the Church Ministry program, Bill was accepted into the diaconate program. His wife, Terry, accompanied him in his journey, attending classes, workshops, and days of recollection. Academic studies in Scripture, Christology, Moral Theology, Liturgy and Sacramental Theology provided both challenges and blessings.



Sr. Alice Gallagher
Sr. Alice Gallagher, SSJ
St. Vincent de Paul Church
Religious Education Office
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-322-1932 EXT 302
E-mail: sralice@nni.net

Sister Alice began her ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in August, 2009, coming from the position of Director of Religious Education at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Hamilton Square, NJ. There she oversaw a program for 1,700 students with the assistance of 98 catechists, plus aides and two music teachers. She was experienced in providing programs for students with special needs, and in providing sacramental preparation for children of various ages, including RCIA. She held her position at St. Gregory the Great Parish for 12 years.

She also had experience as a Director of Religious Education in three other parishes.

Sister Alice has a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, and a Master Certification in Youth Ministry from LaSalle.

Her community is the Sisters of St. Joseph, Philadelphia.



Diana Sherman
Mrs. Diana Sherman
St. Vincent de Paul Church
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-357-5905 EXT 104
E-mail: diana.svdp@comcast.net

Diana and her husband, Rush, have been parishioners since 1994. They have three daughters who are actively involved in the parish. Having served as a member of our Finance Committee for five years, she became the parish's Business Manager in December, 2009.

The Shermans are a volunteer foster family for future "seeing eye" guide dogs for the blind. The dogs, bred for size, temperament and intelligence and rigorously screened, are placed with the family after they are weaned and kept until they are about 16 months. If all goes well, they will someday be the constant companion of someone who is blind.



Mrs. Jeanne Flowers
Mrs. Jeanne Flowers
St. Vincent de Paul Rectory
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-357-5905 EXT 101
E-mail: jeanne@nni.net.

Jeanne was born in North Attleborough, MA, daughter of Jeanette Poulin Rondeau and Omer Rondeau and was raised in Pawtucket, RI. She graduated from St. Cecilia's School, Pawtucket; St. Mary Academy, Bay View, Riverside and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, Providence. In 1966 Jeanne married Robert Flowers from Salem, MA. Bob graduated from Bryant College in 1973 and moved the family to Darby, PA in 1973. The family moved to Richboro in March, 1977. Jeanne is the mother of Brian (Karen), who resides in Rumford, RI, and twins, Amy and Jason (Bonnie). She is the grandmother of Alex, Luke, Mary and Michael.

A member of St. Vincent de Paul Church since 1977, Jeanne was named Parish Secretary in May, 1994 by Father Joseph J. McLaughlin. She has coordinated the parish's monthly Meals for the Homeless Program for St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia since 1990, served as the Senior CYO Adult Advisor for three years, served as a Lector and Minister of Hospitality, and is currently an ex-officio member of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Jeanne has keen interests in Our Lady's Apparitions, especially Our Lady of La Salette, Bible Study and in icons.




Ms SoNata Stevenson
Ms. SoNata Stevenson
E-mail: sonata.svdp@comcast.net.

SoNata Stevenson began her ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Church in March, 2013. She leads the Teen Music Group which ordinarily provides the music for our 6 P.M. Mass on Sundays.

SoNata is an organist, pianist, conductor, vocalist (opera and sacred music), accompanist, violinist, recording artist, singer-songwriter, arranger, teacher and composer. At present she is continuing her studies in music performance and education at Temple University. She has experience as an organist, choir director and music director at several churches in the city of Philadelphia.



Mrs. Susan Hesketh
Mrs. Susan Hesketh
St. Vincent de Paul Pre-School
654 Hatboro Road
Richboro, PA 18954-1039
TEL:215-322-8423 EXT 351

At the end of the 2003-2004 school year, Susan Hesketh assumed the role of Director of our Pre-School, taking over the reins from Josephine Braunlich, founder and first director of the program.

Susan was born in Lawrence, MA on January 15, 1950. She was raised and educated in North Andover, MA.

Susan graduated from Perry Normal Teaching School in 1971. She taught 2nd grade at St. Patrick's in Lawrence, and Kindergarten at Atkinson Elementary in North Andover.

On August 29, 1971, Susan married Stanley Hesketh, Jr. from Cambridge, MA. They have four wonderful children: Daniel 5/1/75, Sarah 11/20/76, Matthew 5/5/79 and Kathleen 2/19/92. The family moved to Richboro in August, 1979.

A member of St. Vincent's since 1979, Susan taught in the Pre-School Program from 1982-1992. She took a few years off to raise Katie. She returned to the Pre-School on 9/11/2001 — a day we will all remember!

"Being a part of St. Vincent's has given me a wonderful feeling of love and friendship that will last a lifetime."



Mr. Gary Mueller
Mr. Gary Mueller
Buildings and Grounds
TEL:215-357-5905 EXT 106
E-mail: gmueller@nni.net.
Gary Mueller, often behind the scenes, provides the parish with well-cared-for buildings and grounds. He enjoys working with his hands, and has the managerial skills to get the best price for supplies and identify the best contractor for major repairs or improvements.

Gary and his family moved into the parish in 1984. He and his wife, Sue, have been very much involved in our Parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Gary assumed his present position in November, 2003.

His weekly column in the Parish Newsletter, Gary's Yankee Workshop is a parish favorite.