Father Joe Whalen retired from the ministry in June of this year. He turned 91 in July. He will continue to pray for all your intentions and we will continue to pray for his.
Father John Welch will continue with the ministry.
Fr. John Welch, M.S. was born in Clinton, Massachussets. He received his call early in life and went directly to the minor Seminary in Hartford, Connecticutt. After completing his years of education and training he was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1960 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Ipswich, MA. He celebrated his 50th Jubilee this past May. After a brief time as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows in Hartford, Ct, he returned to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine in Ipswich, MA. He was appointed editor of Our Lady’s Missionary Magazine and became director of the Shrine until 1979 when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s in Jewitt City. He has been assigned to St. James in Danielson, Ct for 13 years, where he is noted for his inspiring missions and gift of preaching. He is also part of the Archangel St. Raphael Holy Healing Ministry team. His homilies have captivated countless numbers of Catholics. He has a special gifts for showing God’s love for each person.