Our Pastor

Fr. Matthew Barone

 

Greetings! My name is Fr. Matthew Barone, “Fr. Matt.” And I am very happy to be here as the Administrator of St. Charles Parish!

I was born and raised in Chicopee with my mother and younger brother and sister. I attended St. Patrick’s School, Holyoke Catholic High School and Our Lady of the Elms College. 

After completing college, I worked for 8 years as a school bus driver and trainer until I applied to the Diocese of Springfield to begin studying for the priesthood. 
Bishop McDonnell accepted me, and I began 6 years of study and formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. 

On August 15, 2020, (after a COVID delay) I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Rozanski and assigned to begin my priestly ministry at St. Thomas Parish in W. Springfield, where I had spent the previous year as a Transitional Deacon. After one year I was assigned to St. Mary’s Parish in Lee for two years. Following that assignment, I came to Pittsfield to be the Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph’s. And after 6 months, Bishop Byrne appointed me Administrator of St. Charles.

I am here for you, so please let me know how I can serve you and the people of St. Charles. I want to continue all the good here in the parish as we walk together on our journey of faith as a parish family.