Frather Gregory Galvin
Pastor of St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus and St. Patrick in East Hampton, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Norwich. Ordination Date: May 28, 1994, by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly at the Cathedral of St. Patrick Nowich
Where are you from?
I was born at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Massachusetts and grew up in Dover, Massachusetts.
Who was your biggest influence for entering the priesthood?
Father Alfred Kunz, a priest of the Madison Diocese of Wisconsin, who ran a parish, a parochial school at the parish, was a canon lawyer and also worked tirelessly for the diocesan tribunal. Once I had realized God was asking me to seriously consider the unique call to the priesthood, he was thepriest who made time to answer all my questions.
What one word would describe your family?
The word I would choose is: Kaleidoscope. What do you enjoy doing in your leisure time? My most enjoyable pastime is playing golf during the spring, summer and fall. During the winter time I like ten pin bowling. Also, in the spring,
summer, and fall I enjoy camping, and light trail hiking. Throughout the year I follow Boston sports teams and like to play the piano for fun as well as relaxation.
What do I enjoy most about being a priest?
First, I must say that it humbles me every day that God has called me to serve as one of his priests. What I love most is that as priests, we are called to be the instruments through which Christ is able to nourish, heal, transform, unite, support and help to grow in holiness the children of God. I pray that we will all continue to open our hearts wider to allow Christ to create a new heart in each one of us as God’s children, that we may truly experience the unique and divine union of God’s love as one.
What are the current positions you hold/ committees you are involved with?
Pastor of St. Bridget of Kildare in Moodus and St. Patrick in East Hampton, Director of Vocations for the Diocese, member of the Permanent Diaconate Advisory Board, member of the Presbyteral Council, member of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, and diocesan liaison to the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.
What else would you like people to know about you?
In the past I have greatly enjoyed taking a cruise, enjoying the views of the ocean, and yet at the same time I greatly enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains. I hope to write a book someday, maybe two! I have 13 nieces and nephews, two grandnieces, one grandnephew, and either a grandniece or nephewon the way. I am so very proud of each and every one of them.