Bishop Feehan says good-bye to five long-time teachers

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The last day of school in 2018 marked the last day of teaching for five long-time, much-loved Feehan teachers, as each enters their well-earned retirements. Between them, these five stalwarts have devoted more than 150 combined years of service to Feehan.


Two of the retiring faculty members are also graduates of Feehan, meaning their time on Holcott Drive dates all the way back to the 1960s. For Lou Gazzola (’66) and Brenda Loiselle (’69), the Feehan green runs especially deep. Gazzola is a long-time English teacher and coach, a distinguished alumni honoree and a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame. Loiselle is the long-time director of fine arts at Feehan, also a distinguished alumnus and a member of the school’s fine arts hall of fame, inducted just this past May. 

Joining Loiselle and Gazzola in retirement are three members of Feehan’s world languages department: Dr. Karen Brennan, Ana Lopez, and Nancy Souliere. Souliere served as a world language teacher for the past 40 years. Brennan served two stints at Feehan, totaling 27 years, and Lopez has been working at Bishop Feehan for the past 20 years.

“Feehan — and generations of our students — are forever in the debt of these five talented and committed Catholic educators who combined have served for 156 years here on Holcott Drive” noted Bishop Feehan president Tim Sullivan. “Teaching in a Catholic school is always a commitment and a service. But spending a career in the field, especially at one school for so long, is truly a vocation. It’s incalculable to think of the number of lives they’ve touched. Their students; the husbands and wives and children of their students; the co-workers of their students — all are better because of the work of Nancy, Lou, Brenda, Karen and Ana. Godspeed to all!”

Each were honored on June 19 at the annual end-of-school faculty luncheon.

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