Father David M. Andrade, Swansea pastor

SWANSEA, Mass. — Father David M. Andrade, 57, pastor of St. Louis de France Parish in Swansea, died on Thursday, January 25 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton after a brief illness.


A native of Taunton, Father Andrade was born on Oct. 26, 1960. He was the son of Augusta (Camara) Andrade and the late David Manuel Andrade.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1986 by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River and had served the diocese in various capacities over his nearly 32 years of ministry. 

After ordination he served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Health Parish in Fall River and St. John of God Parish in Somerset. 

In 1997 he was appointed parochial administrator of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Attleboro. 

From 1998 to 2012, he served as founding pastor of Holy Trinity Parish (formerly St. Jean the Baptiste Parish, which merged with St. William’s and St. Elizabeth’s parishes) in Fall River. During this time he also served as chaplain of Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River and diocesan liaison with Catholic Relief Services.

In 2012, he was appointed pastor of St. Louis de France Parish in Swansea. 

Father Andrade’s wake was held at St. Louis de France Church, 56 Buffington Street in Swansea, on Tuesday, January 30, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.   

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, January 31 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 951 Stafford Road in Fall River.

May the Lord grant Father Andrade the fullness of life promised to His faithful ones.

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