Rev. Robert E. Casey


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Fr. Casey was born in Boston, MA and raised in Milton and Dorchester, MA.  He attended St. Mark's and St. Gregory's Elementary School, Christopher Columbus Catholic High School in the North End, and received a B.A. in Biology from St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH in 1981.  He entered St. Anselm Abbey after graduation and was welcomed as Benedictine monk until 1984 when he transferred to St. John's Seminary in Boston, and ordained a priest in June of 1987 for the Archdiocese of Boston.  Before being appointed Pastor of St. Brigid Parish in 2000 and Gate of Heaven Parish in 2002, Fr. Casey served as Team Minster at St. Joseph Parish and Sacred Heart Parish and later Holy Family Parish in Amesbury, as parochial vicar at St. Mary's Parish, Charlestown, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Medford, MA.  Fr. Casey was a Catholic Chaplain for the Boston Fire Department from 2004 - 2017 and has been Catholic Chaplain for the Medford Police Department since 1988. 


Rev. Tom Olson  

Assisting Priest
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After earning in 2002 a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts), Fr. Tom worked in outside sales before joining in 2004 the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). During his 10 years of Jesuit formation, he earned a Masters of Philosophy degree from St. Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri) and, later, a Masters of Divinity degree from Boston College. In 2014 Fr. Tom left the Jesuits in order to be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston. His first assignment as a Boston priest was St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bridgewater. During his years as a Jesuit, seminarian, and priest, Fr. Tom has also worked as a teacher, development/fundraising professional, and educational consultant. His hobbies include travel, music, and politics.


Monsignor Liam Bergin

Assisting Priest

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Monsignor Liam Bergin has been priest-in-residence at our parishes since May 2012. A priest of the Diocese of Ossory, he is a native of Co. Laois (Ireland). He studied and taught in Italy for 24 years and served as rector of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome for 10 years until he came to Boston in 2011. During this time he was also a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he had earned a doctorate in sacred theology. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and chemistry and a higher diploma in education.  In September 2014 he was named Professor of the Practice of Sacramental Theology at the Theology Department at Boston College having already been a visiting professor at the University for three years. Since arriving in Boston he has become an avid Red Sox fan!


Robert Degre 

Coordinator of Faith Formation and Confirmation
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Robert Degre was raised in Norwood, Massachusetts where he attended St. Catherine of Siena Elementary and Middle School. He went onto Xaverian Brothers High School, graduating in the class of 2013. He then attended Providence College, and graduated in 2017 with degrees in Theology and Philosophy, focusing specifically on Moral Theology and Addiction. Robert will be working in Faith Formation, first and foremost with the 7th, 8th and 9th Graders in the Confirmation program, but will also be running Adult Confirmation Classes, a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, and Scripture Study programs throughout the course of the year.


Claire Banks

Tuition Coordinator, South Boston Catholic Academy

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Mrs. Claire Banks is a graduate of Georgetown University where she received a degree in Accounting.  She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant, and worked for many years at a public accounting firm that specialized in Forensic Accounting.  Claire received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.


Carolyn Martin

Music Director, Organist

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Carolyn is our music director in the parishes. She plays all of the Sunday Masses, as well as weddings, funerals, and holy day services. Carolyn also directs the adult choir. If you're interested in joining the choir, email Carolyn.




Karin Cannata

Parish Secretary
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Karin has recently taken over as Parish Secretary after Trish Strumm's retirement to spend more time with her family. Karin began working in the parish office in March 2017, after a career in fundraising in the non-profit sector. Karin and her family have lived in South Boston for over 10 years and have two school-aged children. Karin manages the parish office -- everything from baptisms to funerals, booking masses, etc. If you need assistance with anything regarding our parish please, call the office or email Karin at:


Stephanie Scogna

Administrative Assistant
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Stephanie Scogna joined the parish team in July 2017. A Pennsylvania native, she moved to Boston in 2013 to complete her Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, and is currently active as a cantor, choral singer, voice and piano teacher, Catholic TV personality, and Bible study leader. Find her in the parish office where she helps Karin keep things running!


Martin Keogh
Director of Operations


Patrick Lyons


Pat is the custodian at Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parishes. Pat has been with the Parishes for more than 20 years! He is responsible for maintaining the courtyards and grass around the Parish grounds in the summer and removing snow during the winter.



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