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Fr. Scott Pontes

Rev. Scott J. Pontes grew up in Bristol and was educated at St. Elizabeth School and Bristol Public Schools. He graduated Rhode Island College in 1996 with a BA in French and Secondary Education. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Scott was a Modern Language teacher in Catholic High Schools. In 1999, he entered the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, where he studied Philosophy for a year at Providence College. In 2004, Fr. Scott earned two Masters Degrees, a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

After being ordained on June 26, 2004, Fr. Scott was named Parochial Vicar of St. Francis Xavier Church in East Providence, RI. He served there for three years and then was assigned to advanced studies in Portuguese Language and Culture at the Universidade Católica in Lisbon, Portugal. During his time in Portugal, Fr. Scott had many opportunities to preach various feasts and missions throughout the country. He was fortunate enough to experience the “Visita Pascal” in the north of Portugal, just outside of Braga in Monsul and Gêres. Fr. Scott has preached numerous times in S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal.

Upon his return from Portugal, Fr. Pontes was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. Matthew’s Parish in Cranston, RI. There he was the chairperson of the re-accreditation team for the parochial school along with teaching Religion, Spanish, and Social Justice. After a short time there, Fr. Scott was assigned to his home parish as Parochial Vicar.

In July of 2012, Bishop Thomas Tobin named Fr. Pontes pastor of the largest Portuguese-speaking parish in the Diocese of Providence, St. Francis Xavier, East Providence. While pastor, Fr. Scott continued to preach various feasts along with celebrating the Sacraments in Portugal. He was responsible for the Missionary Cooperation Appeal for the Portuguese parishes in the diocese. Fr. Pontes was instrumental in bringing younger priests from Portugal to the United States for Lenten Missions and other special events.
Most recently, Fr. Scott was given permission by his bishop and welcomed graciously by Cardinal Tobin to join the faculty of Theology at Oratory Prep in Summit, NJ. Fr. Pontes has accepted wholeheartedly the invitation to be the weekend assistant for the Portuguese at St. Cecilia’s in Kearny. Fr. Scott is not a stranger to St. Cecilia’s as he was there for two years as a seminarian assisting Fr. Mike Ward.