Members

Attorney William Carline, Attleboro
Kathleen Carney-Larisa, Executive Director, Carney Family Charitable Foundation, New Bedford
Rev. Paul Caron, Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Mattapoisett, and St. Rita Parish, Marion
Nicholas M. Christ, President and CEO, BayCoast Bank, Swansea
Rev. David Costa, Pastor, Sacred Heart and St. Mary Parishes, North Attleboro and Director of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School
Rev. Thomas Costa, Pastor, Annunciation of the Lord Parish, Taunton, and Director of Our Lady of Lourdes School, Taunton
Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., President, Stonehill College, Easton
Kevin Kiley, Chancellor, Fall River Diocese
Janet Letourneau, Practioner Faculty in Marketing, Providence College
Jean MacCormack, Ph.D., former Chancellor, UMass-Dartmouth
Rev. Jay Maddock, Pastor, Holy Name Parish, Fall River, and Director of Holy Name School
Steven Perla, Superintendent of Schools, Fall River Diocese
Rev. Christopher Peschel, Parochial Vicar, St. Pius X Parish, South Yarmouth
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education, Boston College
Nichole Rich, Ph.D., Educational Consultant, Norton
Roger Sullivan, St. Pius X School Advisory Board Member, South Yarmouth

The Church’s Code of Canon Law requires that a College of Consultors be in place in every diocese to serve as an advisory body to the Bishop. Its membership is constituted by not less than six or more than twelve priests appointed by the Bishop from among membership of the Presbyteral Council for a period of five years. The functions of the College are dictated by a variety of canons of the Code and pertain primarily to matters of diocesan governance and administration.

Consultors:
Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, V.F.
Rev. James M. Fitzpatrick
Rev. Thomas C. Lopes
Rev. John M. Murray
Rev. John J. Oliveira
Very Rev. Timothy P. Reis, V.F.
Very Rev. Richard D. Wilson, V.G.

Members

Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Bishop of Fall River
Paula A. Freitas
Atty. David T. Gay
Richard A. Kelley
E. Dennis Kelly, Jr.
Dennis F. Leahy, CPA
Reverend Michael K. McManus
Reverend John Murray
Sandra Sevigney
Reverend Richard D. Wilson, Vicar General, Fall River Diocese

Staff

Kevin R. Kiley, Chief Financial Officer and Chancellor
Paul Brooks, Director of Facilities and Real Estate
Joseph Harrington, Director of Finance

Canon 511 of the Code of Canon Law states that, “In every diocese and to the extent that pastoral circumstances suggest it, a pastoral council is to be constituted.” According to the Canon, its function, under the authority of the bishop, is to study and weigh those matters which concern the pastoral works of the diocese and to propose practical conclusions concerning them.

Diocesan Pastoral Council Members

Attleboro Deanery:
Maryanne Dechambeau
Michael Murphy
Michael Phillips
James Riley

Cape Cod Deanery:
Charles Feeney
Joseph O’Keefe

Fall River Deanery:
Richard Grace
Dionisio DaCosta
David Rose

New Bedford Deanery:
Joe Booth
Christopher Fortier
Berta Herrera
Michael Murray

Taunton Deanery:
Virginia Jacques
Peter Marshall
Joseph Sollecito

Clergy
Rev. Matthew G. Gill
Rev. John C. Ozug

Diaconate Community:
Deacon Peter Guerish

Ex Officio:
Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Bishop of Fall River
Very Rev. Richard D. Wilson, Vicar General, Fall River Diocese
Rev. John M. Murray, Moderator of the Curia, Fall River Diocese

Staff:
Laura Carrillo, Director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning

The Presbyteral (or Priests’) Council is a principal consultative body mandated by the Code of Canon Law to advise the Bishop in matters of pastoral governance. The Council meets regularly to discuss issues and to offer its counsel to the Bishop. Membership consists of priests elected by their peers, appointed by the Bishop, and ex officio.

Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Bishop of Fall River

Ex Officio:
Very Rev. Richard D. Wilson, Vicar General
Rev. John M. Murray, Moderator of the Curia

Deans:
Very Rev. Timothy P. Reis, V.F., Attleboro Deanery
Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, V.F., Cape Cod Deanery
Very Rev. Jay T. Maddock, V.F., Fall River Deanery
Very Rev. Daniel W. Lacroix, V.F., New Bedford Deanery
Very Rev. Richard E. Degagne, V.F., Taunton Deanery

Elected and Appointed:

Terms expiring June 30, 2020
Rev. John J. Oliveira (Appointed)
Rev. Michael J. Fitzpatrick (Appointed)

Terms expiring June 30, 2021
Rev. Thomas C. Lopes (Retired)
Rev. Msgr. Edmund J. Fitzgerald (1967-1974)
Rev. James M. Fitzpatrick (1979-1985)
Rev. Kevin A. Cook (1997-2001)

Terms expiring June 30, 2022
Rev. Octavio Cortez (Religious)
Rev. Jon-Paul Gallant (1975-1978)
Rev. Edward J. Healey (1986-1995)
Rev. Jay Mello (2001-2018)