Serving the Greater Wareham/New Bedford Community.

Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

  • Anita Rigassio-Smith – Board Chair
  • Cynthia Thomas – Secretary
  • Nicholas Decas – Board Chair
  • Francis Gay – Board Member
  • Charles Kantner – Board Member
  • Stephen Reale – Assistant Treasurer
  • Norma Scogin – Board Member
  • Kristian Stoltenberg – Financial Secretary
  • Liz Wiley – Board Member


  • Pauline L. Lally – Executive Director
  • Jennifer Polito – Warehouse Operations Manager

Fr. Columban Crotty – Chaplain

The Family Pantry-Damien’s Place Board of Directors has named Fr. Columban Crotty, SS.CC. as chaplain. He will continue our ministry to serve the poor and needy started in 1992 by Fr. Gabriel Healy and Fr. Thomas McElroy.

Fr. Crotty has been a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts since 1951. After ordination in 1958 he studied Canon Law until 1960 and was then assigned to the Japanese mission where he worked until 1977 when he became non-resident councilor of the General Government working in Washington, D.C. He also has worked in vocation recruitment and in the Enthronement Apostolate. He worked as pastor in Fairhaven at St. Joseph’s and in Seat Pleasant, MD at St. Margaret’s. He served as provincial of the East Coast Province from 1991 to 1997. He was then sent to India, the Philippines and subsequently back to India until 2007. 

He then returned to the parish in Seat Pleasant, MD and then to India until 2020.

Fr. Crotty is committed to our mission as he continues this important ministry to fight hunger and food insecurity in our local communities.

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