Staff Team

 
 
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Fr. Simon Lobo, CC, Pastor

Fr. Simon Lobo was ordained in Ottawa, for the Companions of the Cross, in May, 2009.

He joined the team here at Saint Benedict Parish in July, 2015 as a priest intern and became Pastor, July 1, 2017.

What do you like most about SaintBP? I love the people and the spirit of joy at the parish. Most of all, I love the overall focus we place on helping people encounter Jesus and grow in friendship with Him.

Fr. Simon leads the:

  • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Team Leaders' Team (TLZ)
  • Clergy Team

His Clifton StrengthFinder top five strengths are:
achiever, focus, learner, harmony and belief.

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Kate Robinson, Director of Communications

On staff team since: October, 2010

What do you like best about SaintBP? People's generous willingness to share their gifts and their journey. The feeling of authentic family here. And the openness to finding new ways to introduce others to Jesus Christ and the Church. 

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
connectedness, input, intellection, belief and responsibility.

  • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Team Leaders' Team (TLZ)
  • Communications Team
  • Clergy Team

Kate: 902.443.0725 ex 29
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Rob McDowell, Director of Parish Life

On staff team since: August, 2014

What do you like best about SaintBP? The Christ centred vision and optimism for the future.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths are: 
learner, intellection, input, relator and restorative.

  • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Team Leaders' Team (TLZ)
  • Operations Team 

Rob: 902.443.0725 ex 26
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Bill Scollard, Director of Pastoral Ministries

On staff team since: September, 2017

What do you like best about SaintBP? I love the people I work with!  I love the fact that we all love Jesus and we try our very best every day to play our small part in delivering on His mission..

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths are: 
empathy, developer,  includer, positivity and belief.

Bill serves on the:

  • Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Team Leaders' Team (TLZ)
  • Pastoral Ministries Team


 
 
 
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Dinah Simmons, Director of Sacramental Preparation & Liturgy

On staff team since: August, 1999

What do you like best about SaintBP? People filled with faith, love, hope and joy; it’s palpable!

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
input, intellection, adaptability, empathy and connectedness.

  • Pastoral Ministries Team
  • Clergy Team

Dinah: 902.443.0725 ex 24
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Ronnie Lunn, Youth Ministry Coordinator

On staff team since: May, 2012

What do you like best about SaintBP? Having a community that is alive and growing in its faith, shown not just by our numbers, but in our desire to pursue Christ in new ways.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
context, woo, adaptability, maximizer and communication.

  • Pastoral Ministries Team

Ronnie: 902.443.0725 ex 37
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Matt Vaughan, Communications Coordinator

On staff team since: September, 2017

What do you like best about SaintBP? I love that this parish is committed, at every level, to living the mission of Jesus in the modern world.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
activator, maximizer, significance, input and strategic.

  • Communications Team

Matt: 902.443.0725 ex 42
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Listen to Matt on the SaintBP Podcast, The Church We Want To Be.

 
 
 
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Chris Yetman, Director of Engagement

On staff team since: January, 2016

What do you like best about SaintBP? How people have a genuine interest and care for others. The overwhelming generosity of our members when called upon, and the joy of participation at Mass on Sunday. 

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
communication, responsibility, relator, activator and arranger.

  • Operations Team

Chris: 902.443.0725 ex 21
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Darlene Bonang, Office Manager

On staff team since: February, 2013

What do you like best about SaintBP? It is so alive!

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
consistency, woo, communication, developer and harmony.

  • Operations Team

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Laura O'Rourke, Director of Children's Ministries

On staff team since: October, 2016

What do you like best about SaintBP? I love the culture of drawing people to, and deeper into, relationship with Christ. The amazing community of people here is pretty awesome too.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths are: 
intellection, developer, input, belief and positivity.

  • Pastoral Ministries Team

Send Laura an email. 
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Ryan Orlando, Facilities & Custodial Manager

On staff team since: January, 2016

What do you like best about SaintBP?  My family and I are greeted at the doors of the church every Sunday for Mass by someone with a smile on their face.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths:  
adaptability, analytical, ideation, relator and restorative.

  • Operations Team

Ryan: 902.443.0725 ex 40
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Joanne Thibeau, Finance Manager

On staff team since: May, 2007

What do you like best about SaintBP? The way people genuinely care about one another.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths are: 
responsibility, connectedness, empathy, maximizer, and adaptability.

  • Operations Team

Joanne: 902.443.0725 ex 28  
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Paul Lang, Coordinator of AV & Music

On staff team since: January, 2015

What do you like best about SaintBP? The crazy sense of community. The openness and generous hospitality struck me right away (several people I'd never met gave me hugs).

What do you like most about your work with the Divine Renovation Ministry?  

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
individualization, achiever, maximizer, developer and responsibility.

  • Communications Team
  • Divine Renovation Ministry

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Deacon David Viscount, Permanent Deacon

On staff team since: August, 2015

What do you like best about SaintBP? The people radiate God's love for Jesus and for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
harmony, empathy, relator, positivity and learner.

  • Clergy Team

Send Deacon David an email.

 
 
 
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Fr. Matthew Keshwah, Intern Priest

On internship from: September, 2017 to June 2018 (from the Archdiocese of Ottawa)

What do you like best about SaintBP? The welcoming culture, the uplifting music and the joyful people.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
strategic, learner, achiever, activator and intellection.

  • Clergy Team

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Check out Fr. Matthew's blog.

 
 
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Catherine Gould, Discipleship Group Coordinator

On staff team since: January, 2016

What do you like best about SaintBP? The positive energy.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths:
arranger, relator, communication, strategic and maximizer.

  • Pastoral Ministries Team

Catherine: 902.443.0725 ex 27
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Fr. Jim O'Connor, Associate Pastor

Serving @SaintBP from: August 2017 to July 2018

What do you like best about SaintBP? The Christ-centred mission using demonstrated methods of leadership and evangelization within the beauty of Catholic Tradition..

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
achiever, responsibility, connectedness, input and learner.

  • Clergy Team
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