Richard J. Monroe, Cathedral Director of Sacred Music & Choirmaster has served the Diocese of Worcester for over thirty years as a cantor, liturgical soloist, and choir director. For the last fifteen years he has been the Director of Music at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Worcester. He has been the Choral Director at Saint John's High School for over twenty years. At the high school he also serves as the Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department and as a Religious Studies teacher. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Assumption College and a Masters Degree in Education and Theology from Boston College. His musical and vocal training occured at Assumption College, The University of Massachusetts: Amherst, and with private vocal teachers in Massachusetts and New York. As a concert and operatic soloist he has performed frequently with the Salisbury Singers, Worcester Chorus, and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra as well as with Greater Worcester Opera. When not directing choirs or singing he also serves as a stage and musical director for Assumption College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Greater Worcester Opera.
Elizabeth Marcil, Principal Organist
David M. Moulton, Assistant Organist, joined the Cathedral’s music ministry in 2015. David has served for twenty years as an organist, cantor, choir director, and music director in parishes throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester. His education and training include private study with vocal instructors in Massachusetts and New York, as well as coursework at Ithaca College School of Music, and Framingham State University, where he was later appointed as Visiting Lecturer to direct the university’s choral program for eighteen months. For the last seven years, he has served as Minister of Music (Organist & Choir Director) at the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts, and since 2011, he has devoted much of focus to the establishment of his own piano tuning and repair firm, Yankee Piano Service, where he works as a piano tuner and technician.
Deacon Franklin and Barbara Lizardo coordinate and lead the Spanish community choirs that offer music at the Saturday and Sunday Spanish language Masses. Deacon Franklin was ordained to the Diaconate in 2011; his wife Barbara also serves as the eminently capable and welcoming Cathedral Receptionist.
Cantor Raymond Delisle has performed as a soloist with Schola Nova, the South Hadley Chorale, the Hampshire Choral Society, the Arlington Philharmonic, the Belmont Chorale and the Arcadia Players. He has been a section leader and soloist for the Commonwealth Chorale (formerly Newton Choral Society) since 1999 and has sung in the Boston Pops Festival Chorus. Mr. Delisle was awarded the prize for Oratorio performance in 2004 in the New England competition for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He is a student of Cheryl Cobb of Amherst, MA.
Cantor Christine Sawicki grew up at the Cathedral, and joined the Music Ministry in 1988. She has served as both Cantor and Section Leader in the Schola Cantorum. In addition, Christine also enjoys choral performance with the Salisbury Singers in Worcester, MA. While attending Assumption College in Worcester she sang with the Chorale and Choral Scholars, and had the opportunity to travel on concert tour throughout Germany and France. She holds a B.A. from Assumption College that includes a concentration in music.
Cantor Maria Puliafico is an accomplished contralto with a repertoire ranging from early sacred music to contemporary works. In addition to her vocal talent, Maria is also a gifted actress; her most recent roles include Madame Flora in Menotti's The Medium, and Sally in Barber's A Hand of Bridge. She has also performed with the Boston Ballet Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. An avid supporter of new music, Miss Puliafico has premiered many contemporary works including "This is Just to Say" by Jordan Montgomery, "A Psalm for the Certain" by Albert Oppenheimer and "Three Shakespeare Songs" by Mohammed Fairouz. Miss Puliafico studied with Edward Zambara and Delores Ziegler at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she completed her master’s degree in music in December of 2009. She has since gone on to perform multiple concerts in and around New England as a soloist and as part of multiple ensembles. She currently sings with the Salisbury Singers under the direction of Dr. Michelle Graveline, and with the Schola Cantorum at The Cathedral of St. Paul under the leadership of Director of Sacred Music,