Clergy & Staff

Very Rev. Christopher M. Ford, Rector

Father Ford was born in Hartford, CT and grew up in Needham, MA. During college his father retired and his parents moved to Madison, CT where they lived the next 30 years. Father Ford attended Syracuse University where he received a degree in Public Policy: Urban Affairs from the Maxwell School of Public Administration.

Having discerned a vocation to the priesthood, Father enrolled in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop John Whealon on August 29, 1987. After serving four years in St. Francis of Assisi in Naugatuck he was appointed by Archbishop Whealon to graduate studies in Rome. In 1993, he received a license in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon returning home he has served in various parishes and in the Metropolitan Tribunal as both judge and defender of the bond.

His previous pastorates include St. Justin in Hartford and St, Mary in Branford. On July 1, 2015 Archbishop Blair appointed Fr. Ford rector of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and Episcopal Vicar for the Waterbury Vicariate.

Rev. Carlos Piedrahita
Rev. Carlos Piedrahita

Fr. Carlos Piedrahita was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. Before beginning his seminary studies he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Strategic Management of Costs and Finances at EAFIT University in Colombia.

He studied Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s Seminary, both in Houston, Texas, and Theology at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. He is a candidate for a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Spirituality at Boston College, where he is writing a thesis on the Christology of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Teresa de Avila.

Fr. Piedrahita has served as a deacon at St. James Church in Manchester; as parochial vicar at St. Paul Church and St. Augustine Church in Glastonbury, the Torrington Catholic Cluster, and St. Matthew Church in Forestville; and as parish administrator of St. Mary Church, Newington.



Rev. William Evans  Liyanarachchi, Parochial Vicar

Father Evans was born on May 27, 1957 in Sri Lanka. Both of his parents have passed away and he has an elder sister and two younger brothers and sisters.  He was ordained on August 10, 1984 and first served as a parochial vicar for five years. Then he was sent to Rome for ecclesiastical studies.

Subsequently he was assigned to the staff of the National Seminary in Sri Lanka in 1991. Since 2001 he has served as the Vice Rector there.  On July 1, 2015 he began a three year sabbatical serving at the Basilica.

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Rev. Joseph Karikunnel CST, Parochial Vicar

Father Karikunnel is a member of the Little Flower Congregation (CST Fathers).  The Order was founded in 1947 in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam, Kerala State, India under the Patronage of St Therese of  Lisieux, the Patroness of the Missions. He was ordained a priest on April 5, 1983.  He has served at St. Mary Church in Derby, CT for the last several months.