Reverend John M. Milanese
Our pastor is Reverend John M. Milanese. He has been the pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Church since the parish was located at the former site of Saints Donatian & Rogation Church in Randolph.
Father John was born and raised in Springfield, Mass. After graduating from high school in 1966, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn., then went to St. Mary’s College in Kentucky, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy in 1970. After that, he pursued an M.A. in theology at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and was ordained as a deacon.
Although studying to be a priest for the Diocese of Burlington, Vt., he was ordained as a priest at St. Mary’s Church in Springfield, Mass. on December 7, 1974, since the cathedral in Burlington had burned in the early 1970s.
“My first assignment was at Christ the King in Rutland,” he recalled. I was there for two years, then went to St. Francis in Winooski for five years. I also served at St. Mary’s in Middlebury, then was named a pastor at St. Paul’s in Orwell and St. Agnes in Leicester, serving both parishes at the same time. They were 15 miles apart, with six townships to cover!”
Father John was named Chaplain to the University of Vermont in 1990 and stayed there three years. He also served as State Chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, State Chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella, covering both Vermont and New Hampshire; and as State Friar to the Knights of Columbus.
“I was appointed pastor here in Randolph in 1995,” he added, noting that until seven years ago, the parish worshiped at the old Sts. Donatian & Rogatian church building on South Pleasant Street.
When the parish built a new, much larger church on Hebard Hill, it was re-named Our Lady of the Angels. The new name was the idea of Father John, who designed and oversaw the construction of the new building.
His position entails leading masses, officiating at baptisms, weddings, funerals; hearing confessions, counseling, and teaching religious education classes. He also helps prepare breakfasts and lunches for the many groups that use the parish hall for meetings and conferences.
“What I really enjoy most is preaching and also working with our youth during religious education,” he noted. “I’m happy to be here.”
Our parish also has a Parish Council, who oversees the operations of the church, a Finance Board, as well as our loyal volunteers, and Audrey, our bookkeeper. Our Lady of the Angels Church is blessed to have such generous support.