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Our Pastor and Staff

 

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Monsignor James Hannah, Pastor

jhannah@archtoronto.org (416) 489-1540, ext. 231

Msgr. Jim was born in 1947 and raised in Toronto. He attended Neil McNeil High School and St. Augustine's Seminary. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1972 and to the priesthood in 1974 and then assigned to St. Mary of the People Parish in Oshawa from 1972 to 1979. He went away for studies from 1979 to 1983 to become a Teaching Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education so that he might be able to train others for ministry. He then returned to the Archdiocese in 1983 and was asked to establish the Office of Lay Ministry for the Archdiocese. In 1994, the office expanded and became the Office of Lay Ministry and Institutional Chaplaincy. In 1999, the office expanded again with the mandate to initiate Volunteer Screening in all the parishes of the Archdiocese. Monsignor Hannah continued as Director of that Office until 2003 when he was reassigned as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in 2002.

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Father Daniel Donovan, Weekend Assistant

Fr. Dan Donovan was born and raised in Toronto. He is a graduate of De La Salle High School and of St. Michael's College. After completing his initial theological studies at the University of Laval, Quebec City, he was ordained for the diocese of Toronto in 1962. Between 1963 and 1965 (during the Second Vatican Council) he did graduate work in biblical studies in Rome and in 1971 completed his doctorate in theology at the University of Munster in Germany. Beginning in 1971, he taught theology in the faculty of theology St. Michael's College and since 1990 in the Christianity and Culture Program of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto. Although he reached the mandatory retirement age in 2001, he continues to teach in the Christianity and Culture Program at the University. Father Donovan has published a number of books and has put together a well-known collection of contemporary art at St. Michael's. Throughout his teaching career, he has always helped out on Sundays in one or another of the parishes of the Archdiocese - currently helping at OLPH.

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Alison Endrizzi, Lay Pastoral Associate

aendrizzi@archtoronto.org (416) 489-1540, ext. 226

Alison was born in the United Arab Emirates and immigrated to Canada when she was 8. After experiencing a conversion as a teenager, Alison asked God not to make her teach and most especially not to make her teach the Catholic faith (as she was afraid of doing these things). God answered, but in the exact opposite direction! From the age of 17, Alison was involved as a volunteer at her parish in Scarborough where the parish priest (not having known her prayer) asked her to teach the faith through Confirmation classes; subsequently, she was tasked to coordinate the program. When she started university, she was asked to help lead the parish youth ministry. While in school, Alison completed a specialist in Christianity and Culture at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Continuing in the direction which God seemed to be leading, she completed a Master of Religious Education at St. Augustine’s Seminary in 2011. In 2012, she finished her teacher education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education and became an Ontario certified teacher. Alison sees God's response to her prayer as an example of His grace strengthening her in weakness — and all it took was a “yes.” She is especially happy to serve Christ and His people in the Church! Alison began her ministry as Lay Pastoral Associate in December 2014.

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Scott Samuel, Youth Minister

ssamuel@archtoronto.org (416) 489-1540, ext. 240

Scott was born and raised in Burlington, ON. He is a first generation Canadian, as his family is Trinidadian and is of Indian descent. Before coming to OLPH, he was a part of the Regis College faith community and, before that, at St. Paul’s parish in Burlington. Education-wise, Scott obtained his BA in Arts Honors (Religious Studies Honors Specialization) in 2013 at King’s College at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. He then went on to obtain his Master of Divinity (with Pastoral Competency) in 2016 at Regis College at the University of Toronto. Scott was hired specifically as the first Youth Minister in this brand new staff position at OLPH. In his words, “I have been brought on in order to empower young people as the future of the Church and to help them grow in their faith. I hope to use my knowledge of theology and religious studies to guide them in their spiritual formation. Moreover, I hope to become an ally to our young parishioners, in that my job is to facilitate programs for socializing and community building.” His passion is music - as a musician himself, he believes in how the power of music can change our lives and even the world. Scott started working at OLPH in September 2016.

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Theresa Daley, Administrative Assistant

olphtoronto@archtoronto.org (416) 489-1540,  ext. 221

Theresa has been a life-long Roman Catholic and is a parishioner at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish here in Toronto. Theresa is currently a Lector and Eucharistic Minister and was previously involved with the RCIA team as well as collection counting at her parish. Theresa joined the staff at OLPH in January 2016 after many years working in Information Technology within the banking industry.

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Agnes Ahn, Bookkeeper

AAhn@archtoronto.org 416-489-1540 ext. 239
 
Agnes has been serving in the Archdiocese of Toronto for 25 years. Prior to that, she was working in the banking industry for several years. Some of the faith associations she has been a part of include the Legion of Mary and the Cursillo Movement. She has also had the opportunity to participate in an 8-day Ignatian retreat. Of the many experiences she has had, she says the very best was a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Agnes joined OLPH as the parish bookkeeper in January 2014.

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Edward Pietraszkiewicz, Custodian

olphtoronto@archtoronto.org (416) 489-1540 ext. 221

Born and raised in Poland, Edward came to Canada in 1989 to visit his sister and decided to stay. He got married in 1994. Edward has over 20 years of experience working as a maintenance/handyman person. He started working at OLPH in March 2013, taking over from his brother Roman who had looked after OLPH for some 22 years.