Father Jon-Paul Gallant to celebrate
40th anniversary of ordination


SOUTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Father Jon-Paul Gallant, pastor of St. Theresa’s Parish in South Attleboro, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination on July 22. He will gather with family, parishioners and brother priests at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Theresa’s Church with a reception to follow in the parish hall. All are welcome to attend the Mass.

Father Gallant prepared for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary College in Brighton. Following his graduation, he was assigned to theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and was awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from the Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 22, 1978 by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. In 1985, Father Gallant was assigned to return to Rome for advanced studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute and received a licentiate degree in Sacred Liturgy in 1988.

He has served as a parochial vicar at: Our Lady of Grace, Westport; St. Mary’s Cathedral and Immaculate Conception, Fall River; Our Lady of Victory, Centerville; St. John Neumann, Freetown; St. Mary and Holy Name, New Bedford; St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis; and Sacred Heart, Taunton. He has also served as parochial administrator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Seekonk; and Holy Name, New Bedford.

In June 1996 he was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Taunton. Following the merger of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes in 2001, he was named pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Chatham. He was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in North Easton in 2008 and on June 30, 2009 he became pastor of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in South Attleboro.

In addition to his parish ministry, Father Gallant has also served in several Fall River diocesan assignments: auditor in the Diocesan Tribunal; Fall River Pre-Cana program director; member of the Presbyteral Council; instructor in the Permanent Diaconate Program; director of RCIA; assistant chancellor; member and chairman of the Divine Worship Commission; director of the Office for Divine Worship; and Dean of the Attleboro Deanery. 

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