Our pastor, Reverend Henry P. Cody, is a native of New Haven, CT. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in West Haven; St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield; and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, NY. From 1955 to 1959 he was in Rome, living at the North American College and studying theology at the Gregorian University from which he received a licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL).
Ordained in Rome in 1958, he served as parochial vicar at St. Francis in Naugatuck; St. James in Rocky Hill; St. John the Evangelist in West Hartford; and St. Ann in Avon. Prior to coming to St. Timothy Church, he served as parochial vicar and then as co-pastor of St. Thomas in Thomaston.
Fr. Cody attended the University of Connecticut School of Law from which he received his J.D. in 1979. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar. He has worked as a reporter for The Springfield Union and an editorial writer and columnist for The Bridgeport Post and Telegram. From 1981 to 1992, he was the chairman of the editorial board of The Catholic Transcript.
After consultation with Fr. Cody, Archbishop Mansell assigned Deacon Dennis R. Ferguson to the Church of St. Timothy in June, 2011, for a 5 year term.
Deacon Dennis received the Sacrament of Holy Orders when Archbishop Mansell ordained him to the Diaconate in June 2006. Ordination followed 8 years of study in the Diaconate Formation Program. Deacon Dennis’ first parish assignment was at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford.
He was born in New York City, grew up in Darien and Wilton, Connecticut, and has resided in West Hartford for the past 30 years.
His undergraduate degree is in Special Education and he retired from the Connecticut Department of Developmental Disabilities after 25 years as Director of Residential Services. He was accorded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988, and is a solo practitioner in West Hartford specializing in Trusts, Estates and Probate law.
Deacon Dennis is a member of various local and national boards including: Hartford Archdiocese Catholic Charities; Catholic Health East; Mercy Housing and Shelter; and the William J. Ryan Scholarship Committee. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Mercy Community Health, and is also an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy.
Deacon Dennis is married to Linda Dow, Chief Counsel for the Human Resources Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. They have three children and six grandchildren, who, he says, live too far away: Sacramento, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Boston, Massachusetts.
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Patricia Ann Piano, our Pastoral Associate, has served the parish of St. Timothy since September 2002. Her ministry is wide in its scope and includes the development and support of many of the areas of parish life. She is the coordinator of all the liturgical ministries, works with the Pastoral Care Team, and facilitates the RCIA process. She offers a lectionary scripture study each Tuesday at noon in the dining room of the rectory (all welcome) as well as spiritual direction by appointment. She worked as Director of Faith Formation at St. Ann Parish in Avon, CT for 14 years before coming to St. Timothy. She is married to Dan Piano and has five grown children and eight grandchildren.
You can reach Pat at the Rectory: email@example.com
Father Henry C. Frascadore, a Bristol native, was ordained on May 7, 1959. He was educated at St. Anthony School, St. Thomas Seminary, and St. Bernard Seminary, Rochester, NY. During his last year of theology he was a prefect at St. Thomas Seminary. After ordination, he received an MA and an MEd from Boston College in 1964. He attended the Outward Bound School in Leadville, CO and the American College, Catholic University of Louvain, Leuven, Belgium on Sabbatical in Contemporary Catholic Theology. He also studied at Heythrop (Jesuit) College, London.
His first parish assignments were St. Clare, East Haven and St. Augustine, Hartford. In 1964 he was named Vice Principal and Director of Guidance at South Catholic High School, Hartford. In 1966 he became principal of South Catholic. In 1973 he was appointed Archdiocesan Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education.
In 1985, Father Frascadore became a familiar figure in our area as President of Northwest Catholic High School. During his 11 years in that capacity, Northwest was cited by the U.S. Department of Education for Excellence in Education. In 1995 St. Joseph College awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his distinguished service to Catholic education.
In 1997 Governor Rowland appointed him to the Board of Trustees, Hartford Public Schools Board of Education. That same year, he became pastor of St. Dominic’s Church, Southington where he served until his retirement. He is currently a Corporator for St. Francis Hospital, and a senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Hartford. He has written extensively on educational topics.
In 2011 Father Frascadore published a well-received book of his poems and reflections “Beyond the Weeping Willow Tree”. He lives in Hartford with his dog (a black Lab) Ramsay.
After serving as an intern under Pat Piano this past fall, Ann DiStefano has taken on a permanent role at St. Timothy’s as our parish secretary. Ann grew up outside of Syracuse, NY, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Rochester, and recently received her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She has worked in communications in Manhattan and Avon, CT.
Ann has been an active member of St. Ann Church in Avon for 23 years, participating in a variety of ministries including adult formation, women’s ministry, children’s/family ministries and music ministry. She is passionate about lifelong faith formation, and is always looking for resources that help people connect faith with life.
Ann resides in Avon with her husband Leo and their three children, who become farmers each autumn when it’s harvest time in their backyard apple orchard. She is delighted to be serving the people of St. Timothy parish as secretary, and as mentor to the Young Family Ministry she helped establish in 2013. Ann is in her office in the Rectory Mon-Wed. Please stop by and say hello!
Patricia Dayner, our parish business manager, is a native of Naugatuck, CT. Pat was educated at the College of New Rochelle, The University of Connecticut, and Southern Connecticut University. She holds degrees in French, Education, and Administration and Supervision.
Pat worked for the Archdiocese of Hartford from 1975 to 2005 as a Catholic school teacher and principal in both Thomaston and Naugatuck. She also did the bookkeeping for the schools and parishes in which she served.
In 1994, Pat began sending meals to Father Cody and in 2005 began cooking for Father at the rectory. In September 2011 Pat added office assistant to her duties, then business manager in January 2013.
Pat is also a lector and the Children’s Choir Director at St. Timothy Church and teaches second grade Faith Formation here, beginning this ministry in the 2010-2011 school year, the 50th anniversary of her first Holy Communion given to her at St. Francis in Naugatuck by Father Cody.
When Pat is not reading scripture, cooking, singing, teaching or doing accounting, she enjoys caring for a Yorkshire Terrier, MaKenzie, our St. Timothy Rectory dog. You can reach Pat at the Rectory: firstname.lastname@example.org