I have been blessed to be part of the Assumption Pastoral team since Sept. 2017, and am happy now to be invited to serve as pastoral minister for the Windsor Heritage Catholic Family of Parishes. I have been married for over 30 years to my beloved Paul, with whom I have raised our two wonderful sons Andre and Marcel. Now the family includes Andre’s lovely wife Kristen and their beautiful daughters, Lia and Fiona. (Grand-parenting is awesome!)
Family, faith and parish life have always been what makes me tick! I have been involved in ministry since my own confirmation. After many years of parish involvement, and receiving a BSW from U of Windsor, I started my career as the Program Coordinator for the House of Shalom Youth Center in Amherstburg, and went on to Big Sisters Association as the west end caseworker for about 6 years. This experience was good preparation for parish ministry.
I served as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the community of St. John the Baptist in Amherstburg, Ontario from 1991 to 2012. Also, I was a member of the faculty for the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from 2002-2014, instructing courses in Pastoral Care, and Prayer and Worship with youth.
Next I held the position of Youth Ministry Formation Specialist at the Institute for Catholic Formation at St. Peter’s Seminary in London from 2009-2014. While in this position I worked with parishes on the formation and ongoing work of Youth Commissions, and guided parish leaders to practice family based and intergenerational ministry. From 2014 -17, I assisted parishes in various ways with the development of family and youth ministry, facilitation of retreats, and facilitation of the “Called and Gifted, Discernment of Spiritual Gifts and Charisms” program from the Catherine of Sienna Institute. My passion is intentional discipleship and forming disciples for the mission to which they are called.
I completed a Masters in Religious Education from Assumption University in 2000 and hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies.
My personal passions include family life, church life, reading, music and solitude. I feel so blessed to journey with the people of the Windsor Heritage Catholic Family of Parishes as we strive to follow Jesus and respond to his personal call to his mission in the world