Staff Member: Fr. Matt Barone
Fr. Matt Barone
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Greetings! My name is Fr. Matthew Barone, “Fr. Matt.” And I am very happy to be part of the parish family of Lee, Otis and Stockbridge!
I was born and raised in Chicopee with my mother and younger brother and sister. I attended St. Patrick’s School, Holyoke Catholic High School and Our Lady of the Elms College.
After completing college, I worked for 8 years as a school bus driver and trainer until I applied to the Diocese of Springfield to begin studying for the priesthood.
Bishop McDonnell accepted me and I began 6 years of study and formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA.
On August 15, 2020, (after a COVID delay) I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Rozanski and assigned to begin my priestly ministry at St. Thomas Parish in W. Springfield, where I had spent the previous year as a Transitional Deacon.
I have very much my enjoyed first year of priesthood and I look forward to beginning my second year with all of you!