Rev. Fr. Hansoo Park
Born in Seoul, Korea on the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua, Fr. Hansoo Antonio Park is the only son and youngest of three siblings. His family moved to Canada in February 1990. He entered the formation for the priesthood at Serra House and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, and was ordained on May 14th 2005.
Fr. Hansoo’s first assignment was at Blessed Trinity Parish in North York as an Associate Pastor. His second assignment was at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Mississauga, also as an Associate Pastor. Thereafter, he was assigned as the Vocations Director and Rector of Serra House, the Philosophy Seminary of the Archdiocese of Toronto. In this position, he journeyed with many men and women as a spiritual leader and joyful role model. This is one of Fr. Hansoo’s favourite things about priestly life – “Being able to walk and journey with people.”
Fr. Hansoo is now the Pastor of St. Barnabas Parish in Scarborough. In his new role, he hopes to continue walking with others; hearing confessions, and sharing in the lives of his parishioners. After coming to the parish, he was also excited to discover that the altar contains first-class relics of three Canadian Martyrs, St. Gabriel Lalemant, St. Isaac Jogues & St. Jean de Brébeuf (who happens to be one of his favourite Saints).
Hobbies & Interests: Hockey, golf, football & rock climbing
Patron Saints: St. Thérèse of Lisieux, “The Little Flower” & St. Jean de Brébeuf and Companions
Favourite Bible Verse:
2 Corinthians 4: 7 - “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.”
2 Corinthians 5: 7 - “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
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Deacon Paul Djaja
Husband, Father and Servant of Christ, Deacon Paul Djaja is a living example of faith in practice. The youngest of 11 children, Deacon Paul and his twin brother were born in Jakarta, Indonesia. He married his beautiful wife Jenny on May 3rd 1970, and they have three wonderful children together – Audrey, Maureen & Giovanni. Deacon Paul first experienced God’s call when he was nominated for the “Call by Name” program at St. Barnabas Parish in 1991. Not yet a Canadian citizen and having a young family to care for, he was advised to take some courses at St. Augustine’s Seminary. Although he took 2 courses, he soon forgot about the diaconate program. However, he was touched by the homily of late Deacon Gary Lennon in 1994 stating, “We are all called to SERVE, starting within our family and then the larger family – our community.” Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he applied again that year and was ordained on June 20th, 1998. What he enjoys the most about being a deacon is being blessed to know so many humble and dedicated priests, and serving the vibrant community of diverse parishioners at St. Barnabas Church.
Hobbies & Interests: Listening to classical music & going to the theatre (Stratford Festival) with his wife and daughter
Patron Saints: St. Paul (closely associated with St. Barnabas) and St. André Bessette (small in stature, but great in faith)
Favourite Bible Verse:
John 13: 13-15 - “You call me Master and Lord. And rightly for so I am, if I then your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you.”
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Rev. Fr. Jobby Muppathiyil Joseph
Born in Kerala, India. Fr. Jobby is the youngest of six siblings. He studied at the University of Mangolore and achieved a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Education. And Obtained A Masters of Psychology from The University of Madras. He entered in to Priesthood and was ordained on April 12, 2005 in India, serving in the Diphu Diocese of North East India. After serving in India for thirteen years, he moved to Canada on January, 2018. He was first placed as a Resident Priest at St. Anne Parish in Brampton. Then placed at St. Monica Parish, Toronto as a Resident Priest until June 28, 2018.
Fr. Jobby is now the Associate Pastor of St. Barnabas Parish in Scarborough. In this role he is able to pastor and help with the TMIY Men’s Ministry, RCIA & RCIC Ministries.
Hobbies & Interests: Reading and playing sports like volleyball.
Patron Saints: St. John Vianney
Favourite Bible Verse:
Matthew 7:12 - ““In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets."
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