The Church of St. Timothy

Gathering in Faith, Giving Thanks, Serving the Least among Us

Parish Staff

Our Pastor – Rev. Alvin J. LeBlanc

Born in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick, Canada, Fr. LeBlanc moved with his family to Hartford, Connecticut, in July 1960. After an early education in Catholic schools, Fr. LeBlanc attended Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, then the University of Hartford, where he majored in philosophy and French literature. As a seminarian, he attended Saint  Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He was ordained deacon on November 21, 1981, and priest on November 6, 1982, at Saint Thomas Seminary Chapel, Bloomfield, CT.

Fr. LeBlanc’s first priestly assignment was Parochial Vicar at Saint Augustine, Seymour, CT, from 1982 to 1986. In 1986, he was sent to Rome for post-graduate studies at the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, where he earned a J.C.L. (Canon Law) in 1988. In the summer of 1988, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Waterbury, CT, with an initial part-time ministry in the Metropolitan Tribunal in Hartford. From September of 1989 to the summer of 2003, he worked full time as Judge and Defender of the Bond for the Marriage Tribunal in   Hartford.   During this period, he held the following positions at the Metropolitan Tribunal: 1989-1990: Judge and Defender of the Bond; 1990-1998: Adjutant Judicial Vicar; and 1998-2003: Judicial Vicar.

While working at the Tribunal, Fr. LeBlanc served as priest-in-residence at Saint  Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and assisted as a Spiritual Director to seminarians in the Archdiocese of Hartford. In addition, he acted as weekend-assistant at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, West Simsbury from 1989 to 1995.

In addition to his full-time weekday Tribunal role, he was appointed Parish Administrator of Saint  Anne Church, Waterbury, a French-Canadian faith community from 1995 until 2003.  In June 2003, he was assigned as Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Seton, Rocky Hill, while continuing part-time ministry as Judge at the Tribunal. Fr. LeBlanc has also taught courses in Canon Law in our Archdiocesan Lay Ministry and Diaconal programs.

In December 2004, he was elected to the Priests Personnel Board and re-elected in 2010, serving a total of twelve years. In July 2006, he was appointed as Pastor of Saint Ann Church, Bristol, a French-speaking community, where he served for eleven years.  More recently, Father LeBlanc completed a sabbatical at Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, acquiring a Graduate Diploma in Canonical Practice in May 2017.  Fr. LeBlanc joined our family of faith at Saint Timothy Parish on July 8, 2017.


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Deacon Dennis Ferguson

Deacon Dennis Ferguson was born in New York City, grew up in Darien and Wilton, Connecticut, and has resided in West Hartford for more than 35 years.

His undergraduate degree is in Special Education and he retired from the Connecticut Department of Developmental Disabilities after 25 years as Director of Residential Services.  He was accorded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988, and was a solo practitioner in West Hartford specializing in Trusts, Estates and Probate law.

Deacon Dennis is a member of various local and national boards including:  Hartford Archdiocese Catholic Charities; American School for the Deaf; Catholic Health East; Mercy Housing and Shelter; and the William J. Ryan Scholarship Committee. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Mercy Community Health, and is also an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy.

Deacon Dennis is married to Linda Dow, Chief Counsel for the Human Resources Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. They have three children and seven grandchildren, who, he says, live too far away:  Sacramento, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Boston, Massachusetts.

Contact Information:    (tel.)  860-965-0157    (e-mail)  dcn.ferguson@aohct.com


Deacon C. Eric Thermer, Ed.D.

Originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, Deacon Eric is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury and from the University of Hartford where he majored in Politics & Government and Philosophy. His first 1 ½ years in college were spent in residence at Saint Thomas Seminary exploring a vocation to the priesthood. As life and finances would have it, Deacon Eric found himself unable to attend college full-time and used his restaurant skills to land full-time employment with the Howard-Johnson’s Company as an assistant manager as he worked his way through college. Through a remarkable chain of events and divine providence, Deacon Eric met his wife, Cathryn, while attending a summer economics class at UCONN in West Hartford and then changed careers from the hospitality industry to law enforcement in 1983. Deacon Eric and his wife have been married 29 years and have daughter Sara and a son Jesse. Cathryn is a registered nurse by trade and has served as the parish nurse at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterbury and St.Timothy in West Hartford.

Deacon Eric is a 24-year law enforcement veteran who has served both in municipal and state police forces in a wide variety of patrol and administrative functions. Deacon Eric retired from state service at the rank of Lieutenant from the Office of Administrative Services as the Commandant of the Connecticut State Police Academy and Educational Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety in 2007.

While in the State Police, Deacon Eric earned his master degree in Public Administration from the University of New Haven (’92) and then his doctorate in Education from the University of Hartford (’98). Since 1998, Deacon Eric has taught at all levels of higher education holding adjunct positions at Middlesex Community College in the Criminal Justice Program; a visiting faculty position in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford as well as an adjunct role in the Sociology Department teaching policing and leadership related courses; an adjunct faculty position at the Albertus Magnus College at the graduate and undergraduate levels teaching Change Strategies, Religion in the Workplace and American Government. He also held positions at Quinnipiac University as Associate Director of the Organizational Leadership Program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Management in the Lender School of Business. In August 2010, Deacon Eric joined Goodwin College as Associate Professor and Director of the Organizational Studies and the Business Administration Programs. In March of 2011, he was promoted to Chair of the Department of Social Science, Business and Education. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing and as Assistant Vice President for Business Development at Goodwin College. Additionally, he is the director of the Transitions Food Pantry at Goodwin College which provides services to the Goodwin College community and their families.

Always aware of the presence of almighty God throughout his law enforcement career, Deacon Eric responded to the call to continue his service to God’s people in the diaconate. As a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Deacon Eric is a devoted supporter of the clergy and the Holy Catholic Church. With the Church in crisis and the moral fabric of our culture under attack, Deacon Eric entered the diaconate program in the summer of 2005, the same year he and his family moved to West Hartford and became members of Saint Timothy Parish. He was ordained in June of 2010. It was a remarkable journey of learning and faith building that led to Deacon Eric’s ordination and allowed him the privilege to minister at Saint Patrick Church in Farmington and at Saint Brigid Church in West Hartford before coming home to Saint Timothy’s in September of 2017. Deacon Eric has a passion for leading men back to fulfill their spiritual leadership roles in their families and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through work in the Church and the greater community. He served on the organizing committee of the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference from 2011 to 2016 and looks forward to bringing men from the parish each October to this event.


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Pastoral Associate Pat Piano

Patricia Ann Piano, our Pastoral Associate, has served the parish of St. Timothy since September 2002. Her ministry is wide in its scope and includes the development and support of many of the areas of parish life. She is the coordinator of all the liturgical ministries, works with the Pastoral Care Team, and facilitates the RCIA process. She offers a lectionary scripture study each Tuesday morning in the dining room of the rectory (all welcome) as well as spiritual direction by appointment.

Pat is a native of Philadelphia, and lived in Westchester, NY and Wilbraham, MA, before moving to Connecticut.  She studied education and psychology at Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA, and holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Regis University, Denver, CO.  She worked as Director of Faith Formation at St. Ann Parish in Avon, CT for 14 years before coming to St. Timothy.  Pat is married to Dan Piano and has five grown children and eight grandchildren.

You can reach Pat at the Rectory: 860-232-8594 or patriciaannpiano@comcast.net.


Our Weekend Celebrant – Bishop Peter Rosazza

Born in New Haven on February 13, 1935, Bishop Peter is the eldest child of the late Agatha (Dinneen) and Aldo Rosazza. He grew up in Torrington and attended St. Francis Elementary School and Torrington High School graduating in 1952. After one year at Dartmouth College he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Next he studied at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, New York, and completed his four-year concentration in theology at Seminare Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Hartford in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 29, 1961.

Back in Connecticut he served as the first assistant pastor for the Church of St. Timothy. He then was appointed to the faculty of St. Thomas Seminary where he taught French, Spanish and Italian. In 1972 he became co-pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Hartford’s north end, the mother church of Hartford’s Hispanic Catholic community. In 1978 he was named auxiliary bishop to the Archbishop of Hartford by Pope Paul VI and was ordained bishop on June 24. He continued to minister at Sacred Heart until his transfer to Waterbury in 1981. In 1988 he was assigned to New Haven. On February 2, 1997, Archbishop Cronin appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the Spanish speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

He is a member of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Social Development and World Peace and is liaison with Brazilian Catholics for the Committee on Migration and Refugees. He is also bishop advisor to the National Catholic Student Coalition. He is one of the founders of the Naugatuck Valley Project, a coalition of churches and labor union locals as well as ECCO (Elm City Congregations Organized), a community organization of 18 churches in the New Haven area. Also, he is one of the five bishops who drafted the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the U.S. Economy and Catholic Social Teaching.


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Our Weekend Associate – Fr. Tom Coughlin

Rev. Thomas Coughlin, O. P. Miss, is Chaplain, Office of the Deaf Apostolate of the Hartford Archdiocese. He is founder and Prior General of the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate Congregation. Fr. Coughlin earned a B. A. in English from Gallaudet University and an M. A. in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America. He returned to school and pursued an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Excelsior College.

When ordained to the priesthood in 1977, Fr. Coughlin became among the first Deaf priests in North America. In 1978, with other members of the Deaf community, he founded Mark Seven Deaf Foundation, Inc. Among its many services is a camp in upstate New York that for 30 years has been a popular site fostering biblical study, evangelization, ministry empowerment and pastoral care for deaf youth and adults.

Throughout his ministry, he has been committed to insuring access to the theological education and spiritual formation for deaf men with priestly vocations. In 1991, he established Mark Seven-DePaul House of Studies for Deaf Seminarians, Inc. to support those vocations. Four of the world’s 13 Deaf priests are among those who were participants in this House of Studies. In 2004, he founded the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate Congregation.


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Our Parish Secretary Jill Costa

Jill is in the office in the Rectory, Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.  Please stop by and say hello!  She can be reached at (860) 233-5131 or rectory@sttimothywesthartford.com.

 

 

 


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Our Director of Music – Rochelle Bard

Rochelle Bard joined the staff of St. Timothy Church in 2013, having previously served as the music director of another parish.  An award-winning, nationally-known opera singer, Rochelle had her Carnegie Hall debut in June, 2014.  She was recently bestowed an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, The College of the Holy Cross, and holds a master’s degree in voice from the New England Conservatory.  Rochelle can be reached at rochellebard@gmail.com.

 

 


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Our Finance Manager – Jane LaChapelle

Jane LaChapelle, joined the St. Timothy staff in 2018.

She can be reached at (860) 233-5131 or bookkeeper@sttimothywesthartford.com.