St. Mary's Parish

"To know Christ and to make Him known..."

 

St. Mary's Catholic Church
8 Church St
Holliston, MA 01746
Rectory 508∙429∙4427 or 508∙879∙2322
Religious Education
508∙429∙6076
FAX 508∙429∙3324
 

Parish Staff

Mrs. Fran Crespi D.R.E ., Grades K-7
Mr. Matthew Chick D.R.E., Grades 8-12
Mr. Juan Mesa Director of Music
Mr. Leo Racine Director of Contemporary Music
Mrs. Mary Beth Harris Parish Secretary
Mrs. Kim Lisbon Rel. Ed. Secretary
Ms. Mary Sanning Business Manager
Mr. James Koval Parish Facilities

 

Biographies

Frances Crespi

Frances Crespi
Director of Religious Education
Pre-K to 7

Fran was born and raised in Dorchester. She was graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. After working with various small industries she took a position at the M.I.T. Draper Laboratory where she designed complex electronic equipment. In 1976 she started her own engineering service subcontracting government projects for twenty six years. Fran and her husband Charlie have two grown children and three grandchildren. Fran was a volunteer catechist for 24 years and in 1991 she received her certification in the Master Teacher Program offered by the Archdiocese of Boston. After serving for six years as DRE in her home parish she moved on to St. Mary’s parish in Holliston as DRE. Fran was graduated from St. John's Seminary in 2009 with a Master's Degree in Theology and Ministry.

Matthew Chick

Matthew Chick
Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Matt is a native of Wareham, Massachusetts where he graduated Wareham High School class of 1992. He then attended Bentley College in Waltham Massachusetts receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1996. Upon graduation he joined Fidelity Investments as a computer network engineer where he worked for seven and a half years.   In 2003 feeling that God was calling him to a different direction in life he made a career change and left Fidelity to do full time ministry at St. Mary’s in Holliston. He is the Coordinator  of Youth Ministry and Religious Education for Grades 8 to 10. His wife Mary is a teacher and campus minister at Mount Alvernia Catholic High School. Mary and Matt are the proud parents of Bridget Grace and Michael Charles.

Juan Mesa

Juan Mesa
Director of Music

A native of  Chile, Juan Andrés Mesa began organ studies at age fifteen with Carlos Weil in his native city of Puerto Montt. He later studied piano with Ximena Cabello at the Conservatory of Music in Valdivia,  and graduated  from Western Connecticut State University in 2005 with the degree of Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Composition.  He completed his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at Indiana University in 2008, where he studied organ with Dr. Christopher Young, and harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright.  He won first prize in both the 2003 George Markey Scholarship competition in New Jersey and the Region I RCYO Competition organized by the American Guild of Organists; he has performed in recitals in Chile, Argentina, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio and Indiana.  Juan is currently a  Ph. D candidate in the  Music Theory Program at Indiana University, and has worked as Assistant Instructor and Adjunct Lecturer teaching undergraduate music theory and aural skill courses. Previous to his appointment at St. Mary's, he was Organist at Speedway Christian Church, and  Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, IN

Leo Racine

Leo Racine
Director of Contemporary Music

Leo Racine is the leader of the Contemporary Choir, or Folk Group, as it is also called. Leo caught the guitar - playing bug in the fifth grade and he began singing and playing at Mass a couple of years later. He hasn't been able to keep from singing since then. Leo and his family have been members of St. Mary's Parish since 1993 and he has led the Folk Group since 1994. Before coming to St. Mary’s, he participated in music ministry in his home parish of St. Joseph in New Bedford, as well as at Boston College and St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill. By day, Leo is a social work supervisor at the Department of Children and Families. Here at St. Mary’s Leo also is the ARISE Team coordinator, a trainer for the Protecting God's Children Program and a member of the Liturgy Committee. Leo feels very blessed to be able to participate in the liturgical life of St. Mary’s Parish and to share the work of ministry with the dedicated members of the Folk Group.

Mary Beth Harris

Mary Beth Harris
Parish Secretary

A native of Holliston, Mary Beth had her first job as a teenager right downtown at Fiske’s.  She has been St. Mary’s Parish Secretary for over twenty years.  She and her husband Dana have a son, Christopher, and two lovely daughters, Hannah and Mary Kate.  Mary Beth enjoys welcoming new families to St. Mary’s, and values the many friendships she has made over her years at the parish.  While she has seen many changes during that time, the spirit of St. Mary’s has remained constant – a spirit of faith, friendship, family, generosity and love.  Her favorite quote comes from St. Mary’s very own Sr. Ricci: “Jesus, I love you and I trust you!”   

Kim Lisbon

Kim Lisbon
Religious Education Secretary

Kim grew up in Cumberland, RI and has been married to her husband Art for 26 years.  Music ministry and travel are her two favorite things. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Amherst College in CT and taught first grade at Bishop McVinney elementary school in Providence, RI. Later she pursued a career in Human Resource Management but has found her greatest satisfaction working for the Church. Kim provides music ministry on Wednesday evenings at the Fatima Shrine in Holliston and at the Sunday evening youth Mass at St. Brendan’s in Bellingham.

Mary Sanning

Mary Sanning
Business Manager

Mary has worked in corporate finance for 25+ years, and in 2016 felt the call to bring her finance skills to a Church environment. With an undergraduate degree from SUNY Cortland, and an MBA from Babson College, Mary has worked for Data General, PeopleCube and most recently Asure Software.   Several years ago, Mary had the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Pastoral Ministry at Boston College which she completed in 2005 and led her to work for 3 years in Religious Education and RCIA at St. Luke's Parish in Westborough.  Missing the finance element in her job, and with an invitation from former colleagues to join PeopleCube, Mary returned to the corporate finance field for 11 years.   Mary grew up in Shrewsbury, currently resides in Westborough and is active in church ministry at Holy Family Parish in Worcester.    For Mary, there was always a pull to find a way to combine her talents in finance with her love of the Church, and she is pleased to have found the right combination at St. Mary's.