The Tangredi Family: In 1956 my father sent me from the Philippines pursue graduate studies at Marquette University. While there I met my future husband William, a native Bronx New Yorker. After a brief stint at GE he joined the faculty at Siena College’s science department. We moved to Loudonville in 1966, and raised our three children Dan, Paul and Teressa here. All three attended St. Pius X School and I joined the parish choir.
Dan and Paul were altar servers and I remember many a time when Bill had to get up early to take them to serve at the 6:30 daily Mass! Even though Vatican II was passed in 1964, it would take a while before the English Mass was implemented throughout the US. I do remember coaching our Dan Latin responses to “Introibo ad altare Dei”!
In 1973 Msgr. Joseph P. Conway hired me as a part-time bookkeeper. My office then was located at the Rectory – its former garage converted into an office space. This was a time of much change in the Church and the first Parish Council at St. Pius was formed to encourage greater participation by the laity. The present church building was completed in 1969 with the parish carrying a heavy debt. Kiddingly, Msgr. would come to my desk and ask “Have we paid off the debt yet, Rose?” He left St. Pius in 1978. I remember him as a soft-spoken, kind and gentle man.
Fr. Thomas C. Brown came as the new pastor. He streamlined our expenses so that in time we were able to pay off our debt and even start a savings account. The books were in the black. Since the church secretary resigned and I was now full time secretary, bookkeeper and business manager, I asked the pastor to indulge in one expense to ease the work burden – the parish’s first computer! With advice from Siena’s computer department, we purchased what was available in the early 1980’s – this huge Zenith computer with the now obsolete DOS operating system and a clunky, noisy dot matrix printer. However, it was a huge help in preparing Sunday bulletins and dealing with accounting and payroll for church and school. He also started decorating the altar during Christmas and Easter with an abundance of flowers.
On Dec. 1, 1990 Father Michael A. Farano arrived in St. Pius as our new Pastor. He made possible the physical connection between church and school via construction of our Parish Center. The students no longer had to eat lunch in their classrooms; pre-K school started and expanded; daily masses were now held in the parish chapel; the parish office was moved from the Rectory; the very first pastoral lay minister office was opened with the help of a very generous parishioner; Sunday masses in the summer were now comfortable with air conditioning; an awesome pipe organ was installed; and best of all, a relief for me, he hired a full time secretary. My Fridays were free to spend with my family. He also gave the church/school staff some R and R with yearly trips to NYC – we started the day with a mass, then a Broadway matinee, and ended with a delicious evening meal. On a very personal note, when Bill’s mom passed away, the comfort he gave by accompanying us to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx will always be cherished.
Father James J. Walsh, a diocesan vocations director, came to us in 1999 as associate pastor and served in that capacity until 2008. Well, with his red Ford Ranger pick-up and its NY team logos, we bonded. When Fr. Farano retired in 2013, Fr. Jim was named pastor. I refer to him as our teaching pastor. With his succinct, 1-2-3 homilies, he inspires by giving us insights into church history and explaining the rubrics of our sacred rites to better understand and deepen our faith. He is a very welcoming and hard-working pastor. Our parish family has grown in number and diversity. The concept of lay participation encouraged by Vatican II is being realized through our many ministries, services and programs. Paul, grandsons Anthony and Bruce, and Tracey are active in music ministry, while granddaughter Lynn serves as a lector.
I retired in 2001 after 28 years of service. I’ve watched this parish grow and am honored and blessed to have been a small part in it. As to all our pastors, I quote Sirach: “All of them differ, one from another; yet none of them He has made in vain; for each in turn, as it comes, is good.”