Parish Staff

Parish Staff

Mrs. Fran CrespiD.R.E ., Grades K-7
Mr. Scott EllawayArtist in Residence
Mrs. Theresa M. VirziCoordinator of Youth Ministry
Mrs. Mary Beth HarrisParish Secretary
Mrs. Paula O’BrienReligious Education Secretary
Mrs. Mary SanningBusiness Manager
Mr. Billy HansonParish Facilities

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.

Scott Ellaway
Artist in Residence

Born in Abergavenny, South Wales, Scott is a graduate with honours of Oxford University, where he was an organ scholar and Director of the Keble College Chapel Choir. He also holds diplomas in organ and choral directing from the Royal College of Organists, and is a Fellow at Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University.   As an organist and choral director Scott has worked at the highest levels both nationally and internationally, including a number of English cathedral and collegiate settings (Worcester Cathedral; Keble College, Oxford; Bristol Cathedral); at leading churches in the United States including St. Thomas’, Fifth Avenue; and with leading choirs such as the BBC Singers. 

Theresa M. Virzi
Coordinator of Youth Ministry

A native of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Theresa graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, (Class of 2019).  There she studied Psychology and was a member of SENT Ministries – Student Evangelization Networking Team.  Theresa has a strong background in evangelization, having coordinated Parish Confirmation Retreats, Mission Trips to Haiti and the Bronx, and other Youth Ministry activities.  Before joining St. Mary’s Staff in August of 2021, Theresa was employed in Human Resources and Event Planning at her Alma Mater.  Theresa now lives in Massachusetts with her husband Andrew, a locally employed carpenter and fellow Franciscan University Graduate. They were married in 2020 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Theresa now oversees Faith Formation at St. Mary’s for Grades Eight through Ten, as well as both the Middle School and E.P.I.C. High School Youth Ministry Programs.  In her down time, Theresa enjoys music, dance, hiking, and family game nights.

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-five years. Her oldest son Christopher, and two lovely daughters, Hannah and Mary Kate received all their sacraments at St. Mary’s and visit the parish regularly. 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!”

Paula O’Brien
Religious Education Secretary

Paula is a Massachusetts native currently residing in Hudson along with her husband Richard and family. They are the parents of 5 children – 3 adults and 2 quickly on their way to adulthood! Over the years, the family has been very active in community sports, Girl Scouts, business groups, and volunteering. After 20 years in a successful real estate career and variety of administrative positions, God placed a passion for ministry work on Paula’s heart while employed at St. Michael’s Parish. Paula holds degrees in Business Administration from Fisher College and in Theology from Assumption College. She and her husband are active members of St. Michael’s Parish where Paula volunteers her digital social skills and implementing small faith groups. The combination of business and humanities has ultimately lead to the development of her personal theological website and accompanying social media feeds. As an evangelization tool with a worldwide reach, she endeavors to help people seek and recognize Christ in their daily lives. By tuning into one of her favorite Scriptures, Paula is living her passion. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Glory Be to God.

Mary Sanning
Business Manager

Mary is a resident of Westborough, MA, where she lives with her husband, Bob Thompson. She 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.