“Singing Priests” honor Father Vernon DeCoteau at Bellamy Middle School in Chicopee

The singing priests intend to continue their traditional holiday concerts in memory of their founder

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The singing priests of the Springfield diocese entertained hundreds Sunday afternoon at the Bellamy Middle School in Chicopee.

chicopee-singing-priests-2The concert attended by more than 700 at the Bellamy School was in honor of the late Father Vernon DeCoteau, who founded the singing priests more than 30 years ago.

Father Matthew Altombrighe, Singing Priests told 22News, “He was the founder and the brains and everything behind all this, so he unexpectedly passed away in the summer. This concert in memory of him he and I were planning this concern the night before he went into surgery before he passed away.”

The singing priests intend to continue their traditional holiday concerts in memory of their founder.