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St. Anthony Church

4 Union City Rd – Prospect, CT

David Byrne


DavidWhen it comes to his position on St Anthony staff, David Byrne wears many hats. His official title is Volunteer Coordinator but the job encompasses a variety of roles. One component of is to train the new altar servers and create the service schedules for them, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the readers. In addition, he works with the Stewardship Committee to help foster the various ministries at St. Anthony. He is also responsible for maintaining compliance with the Virtus Training (Protecting Children and Youth) in accordance with Archdiocese Requirements. All volunteers and staff who work with children have to complete the Virtus training. David keeps track of who has completed the training and who needs to still do it. The Liturgical segment of his position is as Master of Ceremonies at Feast Day and other special Mass Celebrations. During these masses he assists Father Mark and Deacon Dominic.

David has been a parishioner at St Anthony since 1990 and joined the parish staff in 2009. His ‘regular’ job is as a manager with a transportation company in Plainville, CT.

Seeing how strongly others express their faith through the many ministries continually inspires David and has increased his own faith, “We have many parishioners who live their faith by helping others and by contributing to the parish life of our church. I also love our Catholic liturgy, I feel blessed and honored to be allowed to participate so intimately with the Mass especially during the most important feast days.”

Participating in our Savior’s journey during the Holy Triduum is a special experience each year for David. “I particularly enjoy being able to share that with a select team of altar servers who celebrate at all three services together.”

 David and his wife, Marianne have two daughters, Reagan and Taylor, who are grown now and live in Boston. They share their home with their cat. In their free time, the Byrnes enjoy gardening and visiting with family and friends. As a tribute to his Scottish ancestry, David might be seen wearing his kilt to family gatherings or in church on some of those special occasions and Holidays.