Parish History

 

Most of the history below (to 1998) is taken from the booklet prepared for the 75th Anniversary of OLPH, celebrated by Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic on April 19, 1998, followed by a reception in the parish hall. Updates since April 1998 have been added to bring these highlights up to date.

Pastors of OLPH

  • icon 2002-present
  • icon 1998-2002
  • icon 1993-1998
  • icon 1978-1993
  • icon 1953-1978
  • icon 1930 - 1953
  • icon 1925 - 1930
  • icon 1923 - 1925
2002-present: Msgr. James Hannah, Eighth Pastor Read More
1998-2002: Fr. Cyril Robitaille, Seventh Pastor Read More
1993-1998: Fr. Wilfred B. Firth, Sixth Pastor Read More
1978-1993: Fr. Basil F. Courtemanche, Fifth Pastor Read More
1953-1978: Msgr. Lucius F. Barnett, Fourth Pastor Read More
1930 - 1953: Msgr. William A. Egan, Third Pastor Read More
1925 - 1930: Fr. Francis J. Morrissey, Second Pastor Read More
1923 - 1925: Fr. Francis H. Pennylegion, First Pastor Read More

 

 

Photos of Fr. Francis Pennylegion, Monsignor William Egan, Fr. Basil Courtemanche and Fr. Wilfred Firth are courtesy of the Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto (ARCAT).

 

Our Pastors

  • Father Francis Pennylegion 1923 - 1925
  • Father Francis Morrissey 1925 - 1930
  • Monsignor William Egan 1930 - 1953
  • Monsignor Lucius F. Barnett 1953 - 1978
  • Father Basil F. Courtemanche 1978 - 1993
  • Father Wilfred B. Firth 1993 - 1998
  • Father Cyril Robitaille 1998 - 2002
  • Monsignor James Hannah 2002 - present

Priests Who Have Served (or Serving) the Parish

  • Monsignor John Fullerton
  • Father Alphonse McNicholl
  • Father F.X. O'Reilly
  • Father Leo J. Murray
  • Father John G. Brennan
  • Father Gerard Breen
  • Father Joseph Johnston
  • Father William O'Brien
  • Father George Annett
  • Father Paul Lennon
  • Father William Stock
  • Father Denis McPolin
  • Father Gregory Teskey
  • Father Philip Wiley
  • Father Ronald Krafchik
  • Father Ambrose Sheehy
  • Father Christopher Walsh
  • Father J. Anthony MacDonald
  • Father Matthew Gyamfi — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (ordained Biship of Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana, West Africa in June 2003)
  • Father Deogratias Rutisaire — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Kenya)
  • Father Adrian D'Cruz — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (India)
  • Father Lawrence Martis
  • Father Daniel Donovan
  • Father Joe Oriasel — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Father Joseph Ogbonnaya — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Father Guenter Petricek — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Priests Who Have for Many Years Been Associated with the Parish and Frequently Assisted

  • Bishop Robert Clune
  • Father John McGoey
  • Father John Moss
  • Father Robert Moore
  • Father John Brennan

Many other Priests were in residence and shared with the appointed Priests.