Parish Staff

Parish Staff

Mrs. Fran Crespi D.R.E ., Grades K-7
Mr. Jake Thiringer Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Mr. Kevin Lyczak Director of Music
Mr. Leo Racine Director of Contemporary Music
Mrs. Mary Beth Harris Parish Secretary
Mrs. Paula O’Brien Religious Education Secretary
Mrs. Mary Sanning Business Manager
Mr. Billy Hanson Parish 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.

Jake Thiringer
Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Originally from Keyport, New Jersey, Jake is a graduate of Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey. There he studied Music Industry and Production, lead the student Mass Band for Catholic Campus
Ministry, and converted from the Lutheran Church to the Catholic Faith. Following graduation, Jake spent a year serving as a full time missionary at Camp Gray Catholic Camp in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. There he did a combination of Camp Counseling, Retreat Leadership, and Music Ministry. At St. Mary’s, Jake coordinates the EPIC High School Youth Ministry and their annual Summer Mission Trip. He also leads the Grade 8-10 Religious Education Program and helps out with the Middle School Youth Group. Jake began working at St. Mary’s in July 2018 and in 2019 earned his Catechetical Certificate from the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization through St. John’s Seminary. In his down time, he enjoys running, sports, playing piano, eating cheeseburgers, puns, and spending time with his family and friends.

Kevin Lyczak
Director of Music

A native of Bucks County, PA, Kevin Lyczak received his B.M. in Organ Performance from the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music in May of 2016. There he also received the André Marchal Award for Excellence in Performance. Kevin received his M.M. in Organ Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May of 2018. While a student, he studied improvisation with Dr. Ann Labounsky (2015-2016), Robert Nicholls (2017) and Vincent Carr (2017). Prior to joining St. Mary’s as Music Director in July of 2018, Kevin served as the Director of Music for St. Barbara’s Parish in Pittsburgh, PA, and at Our Lady of the Springs Parish in French Lick, IN. Additionally, he ministered as the Accompanying Organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Evansville IN, and served as the Organist at St. Mary of Mercy, in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, for a daily televised Mass. In 2012, Kevin performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA for the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day hosted by Michael Barone. While studying in Pittsburgh, he gave organ recitals at Epiphany Catholic Church, Heinz Chapel, First Lutheran Church and St. Paul Cathedral. Kevin has his Colleague Certification from the American Guild of Organists. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping and biking.

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
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, most recently, 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.