Spiritual Directors


Ordained: May 16, 1964

Msgr. Lavalley began his priestly ministry as associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Rutland, VT(1964-1968). His next series of positions were in the field of Catholic High School Education. He served on the faculty of Rice Memorial Catholic High School in South Burlington (1968-1969). Msgr. then served on the faculty of Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland, while also serving as Chaplain to the Sisters of St.Joseph (1969-1975). He then was appointed Principal of Mount St. Joseph Academy (1975-1982). Upon the completion of this assignment he served briefly as Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Fairfield before assuming the responsibility of Vocations Director for the Diocese of Burlington (1982-1991).
He then was named Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Northfield (1990-1991). He is presently serving as Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Winooski,VT (1991 – Present). Msgr. Lavalley has served the Diocese as Executive Director of Camp Holy Cross, as a longstanding member of the Priests’ Personnel Committee,Vocation/Seminarian Board, Chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy Mother House, one of two Catholic Chaplains to Norwich University located in Northfield,VT and as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Burlington.
He is presently Dean of the Winooski Deanery since July 1, 2006. Msgr. LaValley is a very gifted priest who is loved by many. He is a highly acclaimed homilist and devoted to helping all in need. His is a message of God’s infinite love and mercy and most particularly to know and love the Holy Eucharist.












Ordained: July 11, 2015

Father Scott Gratton grew up in Newport, VT, attending the local Catholic and public schools. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2009, Fr. Gratton studied at Providence College before entering major seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he learned Italian and had the honor of assisting at Mass with Pope Francis. As a seminarian, he spent summers with the Totus Tuus program for children throughout Vermont. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2015 and is currently the parochial vicar at Saint Francis Xavier and the head Chaplain at Rice Memorial High school. Father Gratton is a very active and joyful presence at St. Francis Xavier parish and school, helping to teach religion classes and participating in a wide range of activities such as sporting events, field trips and celebrating parish and school Mass. He is a very talented musician and has taught music classes for the school as well. He enjoys playing all instruments, especially the banjo, and likes soccer, rugby and fishing.