Paula Gendreau has been a member of St. Julie's parish since its establishment. She has fond memories of riding in the back of her dad’s car holding the paschal candle across her lap for safe keeping as he helped transport the “supplies” from the Saturday Vigil Mass at Dartmouth High School, down Slocum Road to Bishop Stang High School for the Sunday Masses. She still lives in Dartmouth, and is the mother of three adult children.
Paula’s first experiences as a religious educator came at the urging of her daughter Aimee, age 7 at the time, who had just heard then DRE Sister Theresa Sparrow make a pitch for “CCD teachers" after Mass. At her daughter’s urging she signed on and served as a catechist for several years in both the elementary and middle school programs. As her interest in teaching religion grew, she completed a diocesan catechist certification program. In 1998 she accepted a position as Director of Religious Education at Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish in Fall River, MA, serving the parish youth and their families from grades 1-10 for six years.
In 2005 Paula received a Master’s in Religious Education from Boston College and in January of 2006 accepted Fr. Greg’s invitation to serve St. Julie’s as the Director of Adult Faith Formation and the RCIA. In the summer of 2010 Paula earned a Post master’s certificate in the practice of Spirituality from Boston College. During the summer of 2015 she assumed an expanded role in the parish, accepting the role of Pastoral Associate. In addition to her ministry to the community at St. Julie's. Paula also serves Boston College’s Online adult faith formation program, STM Online: Crossroads,, http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/crossroads.html as an online course facilitator.