Staff Team

Exciting changes to our clergy team have been announced! 

Watch Fr. James make the announcement during his homily on Palm Sunday here. Or listen to the April 9th homily podcast here. For background on how the Holy Spirit has guided these changes, listen to the Divine Renovation Ministry podcast entitled 'Apprenticing Leadership' here.

Please keep Fr. James, Fr. Simon and our entire parish in your prayers as we enter into this time of transition. 

 
 
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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
  • Clergy Team

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

Follow Fr. Simon on Twitter.

 

 
 
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Ron Huntley, Director of Pastoral Ministries

On staff team since: September, 2010

Ron has a heart for parish renewal models that are sustainable, scalable and transferable. Ron believes that a healthy culture and skilled leadership are critical factors that we must be intentional about. Ron has implemented Alpha in 3 parishes in two dioceses under three different pastors and has coached numerous churches of all sizes and shapes. He currently works as a leadership coach with the Divine Renovation Network, as well as serving on staff here at SaintBP. He can also be heard along with Fr. James on the Divine Renovation podcasts

What do you like best about SaintBP? The people and their willingness to try new things (and the whiteboards).

What do you like most about your work with the Divine Renovation Ministry? (The book) Divine Renovation is creating a movement in the hearts of Pastors to work out of a team, to do things they have never done before to get results they long ago have dreamed of that they have not yet seen. Together we are learning so much and solving problems and unleashing innovation and excitement to bring people home to God.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths are: 
positivity, developer,  activator, connectedness and achiever.

Ron serves on the:

  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Pastoral Ministries Team
  • Divine Renovation Ministry

Follow Ron on Twitter.

 
 
 
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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
  • Operations Team 

Rob: 902.443.0725 ex 26
Send Rob an email. 

Follow Rob on Twitter.

 
 
 
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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 his bride, the Church. 

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

  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Communications Team

Kate: 902.443.0725 ex 29
Send Kate an email. 
Follow Kate on Twitter. 

 
 
 
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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.

  • Clergy Team

Dinah: 902.443.0725 ex 24
Send Dinah an email.
Follow Dinah on Twitter.

 
 
 
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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
Send Ronnie an email.

Follow Ronnie on Twitter.

 
 
 
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Jen Ferrier, Evangelization Coordinator

On staff team since: December, 2013

What do you like best about SaintBP? The amazing sense of community and fellowship.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths are: 
restorative, empathy, developer, intellection and responsibility.

  • Pastoral Ministries Team

Jen: 902.443.0725 ex 30
Send Jen an email. 
Follow Jen on Twitter.

 
 
 
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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
Send Chris an email. 

 
 
 
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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

Darlene: 902.443.0725 press 0
Send Darlene an email. 

 
 
 
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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. 
Follow Laura on Twitter.

 
 
 
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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
Send Ryan an email. 

 
 
 
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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  
Send Joanne an email.

 
 
 
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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

Send Paul an email. 

 
 
 
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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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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
Send Catherine an email.

 
 
 
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Cheryl Boudreau, Administrative Assistant

On staff team since: February, 2016

What do you like best about SaintBP? I love the people here at SaintBP! The Holy Spirit is so alive here that it translates into an environment I do not want to leave. SaintBP has become my family. We are called to love God and our neighbour. It is very easy to do this at SaintBP.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths: 
responsibility, learner, competition, achiever and relator.

  • Pastoral Ministries Team

Send Cheryl an email. 

 
 
 
 
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Anne Marie Sime,

Office Manager, Divine Renovation Ministry/ JPIIMedia

Executive Assistant, Fr. James Mallon

With JPII Media (and now, Divine Renovation Ministry) since: February, 2009

What do you like most about your work with the Divine Renovation Ministry? The opportunity to work with parishes that are not only inspired to change by the message of Divine Renovation, but are actually taking the steps necessary to see their parish experience that change and be transformed.

Clifton StrengthsFinder top five strengths:
belief, connectedness, consistency, includer and developer.

Anne Marie: 902.443.0725 ex 41
Send Anne Marie an email.

 
 
 

Fr. James Mallon, Divine Renovation Ministries

Ordained in 1997, Fr. James Mallon, a priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, served as pastor of Saint Benedict Parish from August 2010, until July, 2017. During Lent, 2017, Fr. James discerned a call from God to hand leadership of Saint Benedict Parish over to Fr. Simon in order to spend more time with Divine Renovation Ministry and also to take up a part time position as Episcopal Vicar of Parish Renewal and Leadership Development with the Archdiocese. 

Fr. James is the author of Divine Renovation, a best-selling book on parish renewal. A Divine Renovation workbook and guidebook have also been published. Visit the Divine Renovation website for more information on Divine Renovation and the Divine Renovation apostolate

What do you like most about SaintBP? Working with an amazing staff team and with amazing parishioners to see God work powerfully in people’s lives.

What do you like most about your work with the Divine Renovation Ministry? Getting to work with pastors and leadership teams who are hungry for renewal and willing to do what it takes to see it happen in their parishes.

His Clifton StrengthFinder top five strengths are:
competition, achiever, activator, command and connectedness.

Follow Fr. James on Twitter.

 
 
 
 

Priest Intern Positions Available

We are currently welcoming Priests to join the team for an unpaid internship opportunity. Past internships provided rich experiences for the men who were called to them. Check out this video.

If you’re interested in exploring this opportunity, please send us an email