Pastoral Staff

Rev. Paul Ring

Reverend Paul Ring

Fr. Paul Ring was born on July 17, 1964 in South Boston to Mike and Julie (Sullivan) Ring, the youngest of five children (with three older brothers and one older sister); he and his family moved to the East Side of Brockton in 1973. Father Paul was educated in the Brockton Public Schools (Downey Elementary, East Jr. High) before moving on to Cardinal Spellman High School, from where he graduated in 1982. He continued his education at Framingham State College and graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in Sociology (minoring in Psychology and English). He then graduated from St. John’s Seminary (School of Theology) with a Masters in Divinity.

Much like his college “career”, Fr. Ring had a “circuitous” route to priesthood, spending many years in Food Service before entering the seminary. He worked in many and varied food establishments (far too many to list here!), ranging from fast food to fine dining. He likes to say that he went from “feeding bellies to feeding souls”!

Fr. Paul served as a Deacon at St. Raphael Parish in West Medford. Upon his Ordination to the Priesthood, Fr. Paul served in parishes in North Reading, South Weymouth, Dorchester, and Pepperell and Groton (where he was Pastor of Sacred Heart-St. James and St. Joseph, before merging them into Our Lady of Grace). Fr. Paul came to East Bridgewater as Permanent Administrator of St. John the Evangelist in 2013. Upon the formation of the St. John-St. Ann Collaborative, he was named Pastor of the two parishes in 2016.He feels blessed to be living and working in two vibrant communities such as St. Ann and St. John. He and his dog, Nellie, hope to be here for many happy years to come!

Reverend Michael Harvey

Parochial Vicar
Rev. Michael Harvey

Fr. Harvey was born on March 18th, 1959. He has two brothers, two sisters, sixteen nieces and nephews and two great nephews. Father graduated from Brockton High School in 1977. He continued his education at Nasson College and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. He graduated from St. John XXIII National Seminary in 1999 with a Masters in Divinity.

Fr. Harvey has worked in many different fields such as a paperboy, shoveling snow, pinsetter at the Walkover Club, lawn care, dishwasher at Tip Top Café and George's Café, and a chef at Kentucky Fried Chicken. He also worked as a dishwasher at Barone's on Block Island and a chicken sandwich maker on Block Island. After college he worked as a childcare worker at St. Vincent Home in Fall River for four years, a childcare worker at DARE Family Services for two years and a UPS Driver for eight years.

Fr. served as a Deacon at St. Athanasius in Reading, and a Priest at St. Mary in Randolph, St. Bridget in Framingham, All Saints in Haverhill, St. Patrick in Stoneham and St. John the Baptist in Quincy before coming to the Collaborative of St. Ann and St. John.

Brendan Fitzgerald

Brendan Fitzgerald
Phone: 508-586-4880

I am Deacon Brendan and I have been married to my best friend, Peggy for forty five years. Our family consists of our son, Brian, his wife, Amanda and our granddaughter, Cora.

Prior to and since my ordination to the diaconate in 2002, I have been privileged to serve our parish families in both parishes for a total of thirty one years.

Joe Hopgood
Phone: 508-378-3890

My name is Deacon Joe Hopgood and I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 2011 and I am assigned to the Collaborative of St. John the Evangelist and St. Ann. I live in East Bridgewater and I am married to my lovely wife of 21 years, Lorraine Hopgood. We also have a small dog named Toby. There are very few people in the parish who do not know Toby.
I was indeed blessed to have been assigned to St. John the Evangelist following my Ordination because it allowed both Lorraine and myself to share our individual ministries, Lorraine as Director of Religious Education and I as Deacon. Since long before my ordination both Lorraine and I have been very active in youth programs and annually organize and run the Youth Leadership Retreat which we look forward to bringing to St. Ann. In addition to my parish ministries I am also active in Prison Ministry and assigned to the Archdiocese of Boston’s Office of Prison Ministry.

Until December 2015 I was working as a Senior Procurement Specialist in the High Tech Industry. I am now in the Semi-Retirement mode and able to devote more time to my ministry. I have a B.S. Degree from Stonehill College in Business Administration and an MBA from Boston University.

Lorraine Hopgood

Director of Religious Education
Lorraine Hopgood
Phone: 508-378-1521

I love my job as Director of Religious Education.  I started working with Fr. Wally and St. John's in 2005.  I am responsible for directing the Religious Education for grades 1-10.   For the past 11 years, my husband Deacon Joe and I conduct a Leadership retreat at Craigville Beach for the students who received Confirmation.

I am also part of the fundraising committee for the parish.

Nancy Smith

Collaborative Director of Parish and Youth Ministry
Nancy Smith
Phone: 508-838-8490

Each of us has a Faith Story that was written for us before we were even born. As far back as I can remember as a little girl I felt the vocation of marriage and motherhood. God didn’t wait very long to reveal that chapter of our lives, as my husband and I met in High School and we started our family shortly after graduation from college. We have been blessed with three beautiful children. 

What I could not have dreamed or imagined was that while I was fulfilling my vocation to be a Mother, God’s calling would also include working with the families, children, and Parishioners of our Parish. I cherish the moments of worship, fun, laughter and lots and lots of pictures. I am humbled by the guidance Christ has given me in my ministry to also sit with our families in moments of faith, prayer, tears and worry.  In all of these different moments of grace the love of Christ shines so brightly in each one of you and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our Parish.

Paul Hoffman

Director of Music
Paul Hoffman

Paul joined the St. John Parish community in the Fall of 2005 as Organist and later accepted the position of Music Director in the Summer of 2007. He directs the Adult, Teen and Children's Choirs and provides music for the other weekend liturgies, feast days, weddings and funerals.

Paul's background in Music Ministry began at Saint Ann University Parish (now closed) where he directed a college-aged/young professional music ensemble from 1994-2002. He was Music Director at Saint Bernard Parish in West Newton from 2003-2005, and directed the music at the Family Mass at Saint John the Evangelist in Wellesley from 2004-2007.

Paul Hoffman received his MM Degree in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory and his BA from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Certificate Degree from Clark University in Computer Graphics and Web Design. Paul is on the Piano Faculty of South Shore Conservatory and is also their Graphic/Web Designer.

Erica Wasil

Music Ministry
Erica Wasil

Erica comes to us from Braintree, where she has been an active member of the Folk Group at St. Francis of Assisi. Erica has also worked at St. Clare Parish, Braintree and St. Nicholas of Myra, North Dighton as cantor and pianist. Erica received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Southern Maine, with a concentration in vocal performance.

Deborah Conrad

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Deborah Conrad
Phone: 508-378-4207

Life has been very good to me throughout the years blessing me with a wonderful family and many friends, two wonderful sons and an incredible husband who fill my life with love and joy. It is said that God places you where he thinks you should be and I believe that is how I ultimately began working at St. John’s. I have been on a journey of faith since my teen years; some highs, some lows but throughout this journey my love for Christ has never faulted.  This job allows me to give back by spreading the love of God to those I meet and to share my faith journey to try to make others feel welcomed by our parish and loved by our God.

Business Manager
Jaclyn Buccigross
Phone: 508-378-4207

Jackie Buccigross is the Business Manager for St. John’s Parish.  Prior to joining the staff at St. John’s she worked as an auditor in public accounting where she served a variety of clients from small, start-ups to large public companies in the non-profit, manufacturing, commercial & construction industries as well as employee benefit plans.   

Jackie graduated from Bryant College in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.  When she is not working, she is actively involved in her children’s school and her home parish.