Welcome to Christ the King
Meet our Staff
Our Pastor, Reverend Edward J. Healey was born, raised, and educated in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westfield State College in 1976 and a Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College in Worcester in 1980.
After working as a Service Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in Taunton he entered St. John Seminary in Boston in September 1982. After completing the requirements for the Master of Divinity degree, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River in 1987. Father Healey first served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Pius Xth Parish in South Yarmouth for six years before accepting an assignment as Priest Chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. While serving as hospital chaplain Father Healey continued to serve the Hispanic Catholic Community of Cape Cod which he had helped to found in 1989 and would lead until he left Cape Cod in 1999. While serving at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis from 1993 to 1999 he was the first resident at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hyannis until June of 1996 when he moved to Christ the King Parish and was resident here until his departure for Fall River in February 1999. From February 1999 to June 2005 Father Healey served as the Rector of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Fall River and as the Secretary for Community Services in the cabinet of then-Bishop Sean P. O’Malley and the Diocesan Director of Hospital Ministry from 1998 until 2005. In 2005 Father Healey became the Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich.
In 2015 He was appointed the Diocesan Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and in June 2016 has become the third pastor of Christ the King Parish in Mashpee succeeding the founding Pastor Monsignor Ronald A. Tosti and Monsignor Daniel F. Hoye. Father Healey has a great interest in church history, liturgy, and scripture as well as in leading pilgrimages especially to the Holy Land which he has now visited over ten times and introduced well over two hundred pilgrims to the sites associated with the life and ministry of Jesus there. Father Healey is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Father Healey encourages all to join him in deepening their knowledge of the faith, our scriptures, history, and traditions through further formation throughout adulthood. Father may be contacted at 508-477-7700 ext. 12 or through e-mail
Deacon Robert D. Lemay was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts along with his brother and sister. After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in Lowell he enlisted into the Marine Corps. In 1958 he married the former Joanne Nowak and together they raised three sons and a daughter. Deacon Lemay left the Marine Corps and completed a twenty-seven-year military career in the United States Coast Guard. Meanwhile, he began and completed his studies for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Fall River and was ordained by Bishop Cronin on November 6, 1982. He was assigned to St. John’s Parish in Pocasset and subsequently here at Christ the King in Mashpee. During this time, he pursued further studies at Bridgewater State College and received his BSW in 1989. He worked for the Department of Social Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until his appointment as a full-time Pastoral Assistant at Christ the King Parish in November of 1993. He is the first full-time Deacon/ Pastoral Assistant in this diocese. Deacon Lemay is also the Diocesan Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Ministry. In his spare time, he enjoys archery, fishing, and reading. He and Joanne enjoy traveling, particularly to be with their grandchildren. Contact through email.
Deacon Frank D. Fantasia, a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, was educated in the Watertown public schools. Studied at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where he received a B.S. degree in Economics with the class of 1964. Attended Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard from 1965 to 1971. In 1969, married the former Marie B. Alberico, also of Watertown and Boston College class of 1963. Together they raised a daughter and a son. Deacon Fantasia, a retired banker was employed in the banking industry for more than thirty years. He began and completed his studies for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Fall River and was ordained by Bishop Sean O’Malley on May 24, 1997. He was assigned to Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth and subsequently to Christ The King Parish in Mashpee. An avid automobile enthusiast, Deacon Fantasia also enjoys music, golf, and reading. Deacon Fantasia is an assistant director to the office of the Permanent Deaconate in the diocese and was also appointed by Bishop Coleman as a diocesan delegate to the 49th Eucharistic Congress that was held in Quebec City on June 2008. Contact through email.
Deacon David Edward Pierce, born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He married the former Diane Vieira of Fall River in 1971. Diane and he live in Sandwich. They have two children, Michael and Jonathan, and four grandchildren, Luke and Betsy, Melina and Eve.
David is the Director of the Commonwealth’s Division of Marine Fisheries and helps lead that agency’s involvement in all facets of marine fisheries management and science.
David received his B.S. (1971) and M.S. (1981) in Marine Biology from UMass Dartmouth and his Ph.D. (1996) in Environmental Science from UMass Boston. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) where he teaches courses on Ocean Policy and Marine Fisheries Management – an arrangement through the Commonwealth’s Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI).
Becoming a Catholic in 1994 and active in RCIA for many years, David later entered the Diocese’s Permanent Diaconate Program and was ordained in October 2007 when he was assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Pocasset and later served at both St. John and St. Elizabeth Seton in North Falmouth.
David enjoys reading, traveling, backpacking, music, and writing. Diane and he love the companionship of family and good friends. He especially appreciates his transfer back to Christ the King where he worshiped with his family for about 23 years. Contact through email.
Deacon Peter Henry Schutzler, Born in Arlington Heights, IL, and raised in Lancaster, PA. After graduating from high school in 1984, Deacon Peter enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served on active duty from 1984-1988. He graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 1992, and received his M.S. in Counseling Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College in 1999.
In 1992 Deacon Peter completed the RCIA process and received his Sacraments at St. Elizabeth Church in Whitehall, PA. In May of 1992, he married Kathryn Durkin.
Deacon Peter and Kate reside in Mashpee and have two adult daughters. Their oldest daughter Magdalena resides in Bethlehem, PA and Hannah reside in Hyannis, MA.
Peter has served as a teacher and school administrator in public and Catholic schools in Pennsylvania, having served as Principal of St. Thomas More School in Allentown, PA, and St. Theresa School in Hellertown. He was named Principal of Holy Family Holy Name School in New Bedford in July of 2020.
Deacon Peter was ordained by the Most Reverend John O. Barres on April 25, 2015, in the Diocese of Allentown, PA. He was assigned as a deacon at St. Ann Church located in Emmaus, PA. He served as the Assistant Director for the Office of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Allentown from January 2017 to July 2019.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, being on, in, and next to any body of water. He and Kate enjoy spending time with family and friends and developed a true love of Cape Cod, after spending 20 + years visiting and now moving here permanently to be closer to Hannah. Contact through email.
Deacon Dominic S. Messina was born and raised in Essex County, New Jersey, along with a younger brother and sister. In 1960, three days after graduating from Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, NJ, he enlisted in the Navy. He served four years of active duty and two in the reserve as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He was assigned duty on two aircraft carriers: the USS Antietam, which took part in the Cuban Missile Blockade; and the USS Enterprise, the United States’ first Nuclear Carrier.
In 1967, after his Naval Service was complete, Dominic married Valerie Auriemma. He then attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, while simultaneously working in the aerospace industry. His projects included working on the Space Shuttle Program.
Their first parish as a family was Our Lady of the Lake in Sparta, NJ, where Dominic held the position of President of the local Jaycee Chapter, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and Youth Minister for the Ecumenical Council. In 1978 he was nominated to Outstanding Young Men of America by the Sparta Township Council.
After moving to Fairfield, NJ, and their new parish of St. Thomas More, Dominic became Grand Knight of that Council, assisted with youth ministry, served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, and taught CCD for almost 30 years. Dominic and his wife Valerie also volunteered as financial counselors in the Pre Cana program and were active leaders in the Cursillo Movement.
In 1991, Dominic began his studies in the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ) and was ordained a Deacon on June 3, 1995. He was assigned to his home parish of St. Thomas More where he not only served at Mass but also assisted at local nursing homes, as well as serving as Spiritual Director on many Cursillo Retreats.
After retiring and relocating to Southport on Cape Cod in 2014, Dominic became a CCD instructor and now assists as Deacon at Mass at Christ the King.
In his spare time, Deacon Dominic enjoys classic car shows, working in the Southport woodworking shop, hosting a weekly morning men’s coffee gathering for residents, walking, hosting his family from New Jersey, and exploring the Cape with his wife Valerie of 52 years. Dominic and Valerie have a son and daughter, as well as a granddaughter who attends Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.
Deacon Brendan Brides recently returned to his home parish of Christ The King after serving under his friend Father Tom Frechette for six and a half years at Saint John’s in Pocasset. Deacon Brendan was born and raised in Ireland. He moved to the United States about thirty-five years ago and resides now in Sandwich with his wife Gail and step-daughter Amanda. Brendan and Gail’s son Patrick, who was once an altar server at Christ The King, now serves in the United States Navy.
Prior to ordination, as a member of the parish at Christ The King for many years, Brendan received valuable guidance from his friend and mentor Deacon Frank Fantasia. Pursuant to this guidance, Brendan was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Fall River by Bishop George Coleman in 2013. Just like Deacon Fantasia, Brendan is also a great car enthusiast. In another part of his life, Deacon Brendan is employed as Building Commissioner for a local municipality.
It is with great joy that Deacon Brendan and his wife Gail return to serve the people of the Parish of Christ the King.
Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, Kathy Laird is a native of Cape Cod having been born and raised in Falmouth. She graduated from Falmouth High School in 1985. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She holds a Master of Education Degree in Literacy Curriculum, and Instruction from Lesley University. She has taught in elementary school for over nine years, both in public school and for the past four years at St. Pius X School in Yarmouth. In 1991 she was the recipient of the national Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award sponsored by the Student Loan Marketing Association and the American Association of School Administrators. She was twice selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which honors 5 percent of our nation’s teachers yearly. In 1990, she married David Laird. Together they have three children: a son, Matthew and two daughters, Ashley and Hannah. She loves spending time with her family. She is a sports fan, enjoys reading and cooking and loves to listen to music. Click to email Kathy for Faith Formation or Youth Ministry.
Director of Music, Donny Nolan Donny joined Christ The King Parish staff in the fall of 2006. His musical background is in arranging, orchestration, composition, and theory. He earned his master’s degree in arranging from the University of Miami, and, as a professor, taught courses at the college level for twenty-three years, twenty-one of them at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received the top teaching award in 1996. In addition to teaching, Donny gave arranging clinics around the country and helped to write part of the curriculum at Berklee. In 2004, Donny made a career change which took him to Atlanta Georgia. He became the Assistant Director of Music and Liturgy at Transfiguration Catholic Church. There, he directed the choir, played piano, and composed and/or arranged numerous liturgical works for the choir and instrumental ensembles. In October of 2006, Donny moved back home to Cape Cod where he was appointed Director of Music at Christ the King. Here, he directs the adult choir from the piano, organ, and digital keyboard for the 10:30 AM mass, in addition to accompanying the cantors for the 4:00 PM Saturday mass. Donny continues to compose music for the adult choir and accompany cantors for weddings and funerals. Contact through email.
Our Office Staff
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