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“Being in Law Enforcement is Similar to Being a Deacon…”

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/23/16

Ain’t that the truth?


The Fall River Diocese has a new director of pastoral planning, Plainville resident Joseph Regali, 61, who also currently serves as a deacon at Sacred Heart Parish in North Attleboro. “I love to cook,” said Regali in an interview. After more than 30 years in law enforcement and many years serving as a deacon, cooking is just one way Regali had served others before taking the job with the diocese. Regali was a state trooper in Maine, retiring from the police force in 1995. “Being in law enforcement is somewhat similar to being a deacon in that you are in service,” he said. “There are a lot of police officers who have become deacons,” he added. After retiring from the police force, Regali moved to Franklin, where he continued his law enforcement career as an analytical manager assisting with criminal investigations. He said that after moving to Massachusetts, several of the houses he was looking at fell through, and eventually he landed in Plainville. “I believe that they fell through for a reason,” he said. Settling in Plainville led he and his family to Sacred Heart Parish. Regali said that he grew up in the Catholic Church, but didn’t always go to church. He began thinking of the diaconate after reading an article about recently ordained deacons. “It was like a seed,” he said.

Readhow that seed grew.

Photo: Mark Stockwell / The Sun Chronicle

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