FM Bio

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Reverend John P. Melnick

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Father Shawn is the second child of the late Francis M. and Ann (Duggan) Daly. He grew up in Enfield and attended Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. In 1986, he entered Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain in 1990. He attended Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1994. He was ordained a priest on April 29, 1995 at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hartford by Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin. His first assignment was Saint Mary, Branford. In 1998, he was transferred to SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury. In 2002, he was named pastor of Saint Joseph and Saint Mary Parishes in Meriden. On January 26, 2012, he became pastor of Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes in Wethersfield. In 2017, Father Shawn became pastor of the newly formed Annunciation Parish in Newington. Finally, on October 19, 2022 Father Shawn was installed as pastor of St. Damien of Molokai Parish. He currently serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, the Archdiocesan School Board, and the Pastors Advisory Council (PAC) for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Father Shawn’s interests include reading, sports, and music.