State Chaplain: SK Joseph R Paquette


RI KofC State Chaplain Fr. Joseph Paquette, the retired and beloved pastor of St. Theresa Church in Pawtucket. Fr. Joe was a La Salette Brother working as a social worker on the streets of Montreal, Canada in the early 1960s helping drug addicts, prostitutes, the poor, abused children, the elderly and alcoholics, when the Lord called him to the priesthood. Father Paquette was ordained to the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in 1978. His first assignment was to the La Salette Shrine.

He joined the Diocese of Providence in 1986 and he was assigned to St. Theresa’s Church in Pawtucket. He subsequently served assignments at St. Gregory Church, Warwick, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Providence, before returning to serve at St. Theresa’s.