Three Portuguese parishes in central Fall River to begin collaboration


FALL RIVER, Mass. — This past weekend, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Bishop of Fall River, issued the following letters to parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua, Santo Christo and Espirito Santo parishes in the city advising that the three will begin working toward a collaborative model that other parishes in the diocese have already adopted. This cooperative group effort is seen to be more beneficial to the three Portuguese-speaking parishes moving forward.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, which was previously under the umbrella of the Catholic Community of Central Fall River and the leadership of its pastor, Father Thomas Washburn, will now be led by Father Maurice O. Gauvin, pastor of Espirito Santo Parish. Father Jason Brilhante will serve as parochial vicar of St. Anthony of Padua Church and will be in residence at the rectory. In the future, it is anticipated that Father Jeff Cabral, pastor of Santo Christo Parish, will be working with Father Gauvin to serve all three parishes.


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