Five priests to retire this month


FALL RIVER – Five priests will retire from parish ministry in the Diocese of Fall River this month after providing decades of service in the Diocese of Fall River.

Reverend Paul A. Caron, Pastor of St. Pius X Parish, South Yarmouth, retires; Reverend Jay T. Maddock, VF, Pastor of Holy Name Parish, Fall River; the Reverend Hugh J. McCullough, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Wellfleet, and St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Provincetown; Reverend Michael R. Nagle, Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Martha’s Vineyard; and the Reverend John J. Oliveira, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, New Bedford.

The retirements, which will take effect on August 18, were announced in May by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, SDV

A retrospective look at the ministry of these soon-to-be retired pastors over the years illustrates in each individual’s case a devoted priestly vocation carried out in many parishes, chaplaincies and apostolates serving the Catholics of the Diocese of Fall River.

Father Caron, who is 70 years old, was born and raised in Taunton, attending the St-Jacques and Msgr school. James High School in this town. He received a BS in Biology from Southeastern Massachusetts University, then taught at Saints Peter and Paul School in Fall River and Cohannet School in Taunton.

He studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary where he obtained a master’s degree in divinity. Father Caron was ordained a priest on June 11, 1983 in Sainte-Marie Cathedral by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin.

His first parish assignment was as Parish Vicar at St. Mark’s Parish in Attleboro Falls and as Chaplain at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, after which he became Parish Vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in North Easton.

In 1996 he was appointed Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet, and in 2000 became Pastor of St. Mary / Our Lady of the Isle Parish in Nantucket, where he served for seven years. From there he was appointed pastor of St. Rita Parish in Marion and in 2009 also of St. Anthony Parish in neighboring Mattapoisett. He began his current pastorate at St. Pius X in South Yarmouth in 2017, from which he will retire next week.

In addition to his parish assignments, Father Caron has also served as Dean of the Deanery of New Bedford; Divorced and Separated Ministry’s Attleboro Regional Director; Taunton regional director of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO); chaplain of the Daughters of Isabella, Easton Circle; and as a member of the Committee for the spiritual life of priests.

Father Maddock, 72, from Attleboro, grew up in Mansfield and is a graduate of the Dominican Academy of Plainville and Msgr. James Coyle High School in Taunton.

He prepared for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and at the Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest on August 2, 1975 by Bishop Cronin in St. Mary’s Cathedral in the Fall River.

After serving his first mission as a parish vicar in the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Taunton, he returned to Gregorian University and obtained a license in Canon Law. He then became parish vicar at the Immaculate Conception in Fall River and remained in residence there after his appointment in 1980 as secretary of the diocesan court, overseeing its day-to-day operations. He became Deputy Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Fall River in 1986 and Judicial Vicar in 1989, holding that position for 12 years. While at the Tribunal, Father Maddock was also in residence at St. William Parish, Fall River, and served at various times as temporary administrator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Bedford, Notre Dame of Fatima, Swansea and St. Mary’s, Taunton. .

He returned to St. William Parish, Fall River in 1993, this time as pastor, until 1997, when he became pastor of Holy Family Parish in East Taunton. There, he supervised the construction of the parish center of the Holy Family. In 2010 he was appointed to Holy Name Parish, Fall River, where he will retire as pastor. From 2015 to 2018, he was administrator of the parish of Sainte-Bernadette in Fall River.

For many years, Father Maddock was a leader of the Diocesan Catholic Youth Organization or CYO, starting first in 1982 as Regional Director of Fall River, and since 1994 as Diocesan Director.

Father Maddock is currently Dean of the Deanery of Fall River and Secretary of the Diocesan Central Council of Catholic Schools. Over the years he has been a member of the Presbyteral Council, the Council of Priests’ Staff and the Diocesan Committee for Ongoing Formation of Priests. He was also the dean of the deanery of Taunton.

Father McCullough, 70, is from Yonkers, NY He was ordained a priest in the Salesian Order of Don Bosco in Columbus, Ohio on May 26, 1979, after studying at Don Bosco College in Newton, New Jersey, and at the Josephinum School of Theology in Worthington, Ohio. As a Salesian Father he served for 25 years in missions in California, Minnesota, Louisiana and the greater Boston area.

In 1995 he began ministering in the Diocese of Fall River as Parish Vicar at St. Pius X Parish in South Yarmouth. In 2000, he was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Fall River. Other diocesan parish vicar assignments included St. Patrick’s in Wareham, St. James, New Bedford; and Saint Francis Xavier, Hyannis. He was also chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.

Father McCullough was appointed pastor of Joseph Parish in Fall River in 2006. In 2011, he became pastor of the Outer Cape parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Wellfleet, and St. Peter the Apostle, Provincetown, where he has served ever since. .

Father Nagle, who is 75, was born in Dothan, Alabama. His family moved to Fall River as a child, and he attended St. Mary’s Cathedral School and Morton Junior High School in the city, then De La Salle Academy in Newport.

He studied at Mater Christi Seminary in Albany, NY; St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he obtained a classical bachelor’s degree; and at the Catholic University of Washington, DC, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology.

He was ordained a priest on February 4, 1972 in St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Cronin and was first appointed parish vicar at St. John the Baptist parish in New Bedford. After that he served in the same capacity at St. Mary’s Parish, Taunton; St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Provincetown; and Sainte-Marguerite Parish, Buzzards Bay.

From 1980 to 1989 he served in hospital ministry as a chaplain first at Morton Hospital in Taunton, then at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

In 1986 he received a doctorate in ministry from the Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, Mass.

Father Nagle was appointed to his first pastorate, Immaculate Conception Parish, Taunton, in 1990, serving there for four years when he was appointed pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard. In 1996 he became pastor of two other parishes on the island, Sacred Heart in Oak Bluffs and St. Elizabeth in Edgartown, while continuing in St. Augustine.

Under his leadership, the three parishes of Martha’s Vineyard merged to form the new Good Shepherd Parish in 2003, of which Father Nagle became pastor. His retirement from this position will end a total of 27 years of service in various assignments on the island.

Father Oliveira, 70, is from Taunton and graduated from St. Joseph and Msgr. James Coyle High School in Taunton.

He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, then continued his priesthood studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, where he earned a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained a priest on May 14, 1977 in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River by Bishop Cronin.

He began his priestly ministry as parish vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New Bedford, to which he returned in 2001 as pastor and from which he will now retire.

During the years between his assignments at Mount Carmel, he was also parish vicar in three parishes of Fall River, Espirito Santo, Saint-Michel and Saint-Antoine de Padoue, then pastor of Saint-Jean-Baptiste parish, serving there from 1994 to 2001. During some of his years in Fall River, he was concurrently chaplain at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Father Oliveira ministered to the faithful through several additional diocesan appointments, including as director of campus ministry at Bristol Community College; as a long-standing coordinator of the Portuguese diocesan apostolate and as coordinator of the Portuguese marriage preparation program; as assistant to the Liaison Bishop of Charismatic Renewal; and as the coordinator of the priest’s mentorship program.

He is a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors and a former member of the Presbyteral Council and of the Bureau of Priests’ Staff.

His experience of ministry to the Portuguese community has also been put to the service of the church at the national level. For several years, he served the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops‘ office for migrant and refugee ministry, first as a regional representative and then as a national consultant to his Portuguese apostolate.

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