Reverend Father John M. Milanese
Our pastor is Reverend Father 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. He will retire from his position in September 2019. Bishop Christopher Coyne, acknowledged Father Milanese in his 2019 Chrism Mass Homily, saying:
"I need also acknowledge and thank the four priests who are retiring this year from serving as pastors and will move on to “senior priest” status – still serving as priests of the Sacraments:
Fr. Mo Roy, Fr. Frank Privè, Fr. John Milanese, and Fr. Fred MacLachlan, SSE.
Brothers, thank you for your faithful service to the Diocese of Burlington and may you have a long retirement and many more years of continuing ministry to our church."
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. He received 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, MA 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 from 1990 -1993. He has served as State Chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, State Chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella (covering 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 2008, 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.
Father Milanese leads masses, officiates baptisms, weddings, funerals; the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession), 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 has a Parish Council, who oversees the operations of the church, and a Finance Board, as well as our loyal volunteers, parishioners, and friends. The Knights of Columbus Charles H. Phillips Council #14351 (Randolph VT) is a vital part of our parish. Our Lady of the Angels Church is blessed to have such generous support.