Joseph Brannigan was born July 16, 1931 and raised in Topsham, Maine. He attended St. Dominic’s High School, Georgetown University and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He trained at St. John’s Seminary, and was ordained as a priest in 1963. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine and left the priesthood to become a counsellor, and then the executive director of Shalom House in 1975. He has also served as a Maine state Senator and Representative.
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