Born in Kitchener, Ontario in 1974, Fr. Tim attended the University of Waterloo for three years towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. Feeling a growing desire to give his life more wholeheartedly for the Lord, Fr. Tim discovered the Companions of the Cross and, after meeting with Fr. Bob Bedard, he was accepted to become an applicant in the fall of 1996. He was ordained to the priesthood in November 2002. Fr. Tim was assigned as pastor of St. Maurice parish in 2011.
Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Fr. Lawrence moved to Toronto, Canada with his family at the age of 7. He is one of 10 kids and grew up playing sports, helped as an altar server at his home parish, and as a teen, played with his brothers in a rock band. As a young adult, he first encountered God’s personal love for him while attending a retreat hosted by the Companions of the Cross in the Spring of 2001. Later that year, he sensed an invitation from Jesus during mass with the words: “Dare to be a priest like me.” After completing his university studies in 2004, he joined the Companions of the Cross formation program to discern his vocation. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2012.
Fr. Lawrence was assigned as associate pastor of St. Maurice in 2017.
I entered the Catholic Church on April 3, 2010. I was baptized, confirmed, and received First Communion during the Easter Vigil.
I come from a wonderful family, and I grew up on the west coast of Canada. Yet, I never knew or heard about God or Christianity in a positive way until I was in university and moved in with a Catholic roommate. Up to that point, I considered myself an agnostic bordering on atheism.
The roommate was a seemingly normal guy, but to my shock he was on fire with a love for God. He quickly dismantled my false notions of Christians, and I found myself intrigued and at the same time confused by the Catholic faith. I began a three-year process of asking the tough questions while examining what I really believed.
Near the end of those three years, I attended a conference for Catholic university students. To be honest, I didn’t want to go. But someone paid for me, saying the conference would change my life.
I accepted the money and went skeptically.
One evening during the conference, there was a night of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. It was during that night that I gave the Lord the ultimatum: “God, if you are real you need to show me, or I am out. You had your chance!”
Instantly, the Lord responded in power and I felt waves of joy, love, peace, and warmth throughout my entire body. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit before ever being baptized. I instantly knew that God was real, that Jesus died for my sins, and he had a definite plan for my life. It was as though the lights came on. Jesus brought my heart to life.
I knew I had to become Catholic and so I went through RCIA that year. My whole perspective on life changed. I no longer wanted to pursue a career in forestry, which is what I studied during university. I decided I wanted to spend the rest of my life serving God.
I signed up as a missionary with NET Ministries of Canada for a year (netcanada.ca), and I fell in love with sharing the faith and seeing others encounter God. After the year was over, I started to discern the priesthood. While initially I was terrified, I began to find a great peace and love at the thought of being a priest. I first looked into diocesan priesthood but soon felt the Lord calling me to discern religious communities.
That is when I discovered the Companions of the Cross. After many visits, I was accepted by the community in 2012 and began my studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
I encountered the Lord and his immense love as a result of my roommate who dared to share his faith with me. Because of him, I was able to receive the faith and pass it on to my parents, who themselves became Catholic in 2012.
The Lord has convicted me to spend the rest of my life evangelizing. He has called me by name, and he is calling me to be a priest after his own heart, a priest within the Companions of the Cross.
Mrs. Kayla Bearse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Kayla Bearse has been facilitating and teaching sacramental preparation for a number of years. Children and their families are the future of the Catholic Church; encouraging them in the journey of faith is a true joy for her. Kayla is very excited to be part of the St. Maurice ministerial team, helping all those who seek to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, for the first time.
Matt Dunham: 613-224-1892 x6; email@example.com .
Matt grew up in a Catholic family living in the east end of Ottawa. Some of his interests include basketball, soccer, volley ball, and playing the guitar. Since graduating high school he has served two years with NET Canada. As well, he spent one year at St. Therese School of Faith and Mission, in Bruno Saskatchewan, taking part in their faith formation program for the laity. He is currently studying at the University of Ottawa after transferring from St. Paul’s University, changing his major from philosophy to business in the process. Matt is passionate about youth ministry and has a wealth of experience and formation. He hopes to guide each youth group member into a personal relationship with Jesus. Matt is excited to be a member of the St. Maurice community and believes that God has great things in store for our parish and its youth ministry program!
Dale Balkovec 613-224-1892 x8
Mary Ann Foley (5:00 pm) 613-225-2522
Glen Pereira (Sunday Masses) 613-224-8387
Claire Schultz – 613-224-1892
Mary-Anne O’Connor – firstname.lastname@example.org 613-224-1892 x3
Ruel Jimenez – 613-224-1892