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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Rev. Fr. Mark Kolosowski
Hailing from the beautiful nation of Poland, Fr. Mark Kolosowski experiences the perks of being the middle child between his brother and sister. A young priest with a passion for working with youth, his vibrant presence is clearly visible at the parish, not just because of his incredible height. When asked about his call to the priesthood he says, “If somebody told me 14 (almost 15) years ago that I was going to find myself in Poland on a journey to the priesthood, I would have laughed at them. What God has planned for us we do not know, but when we submit ourselves to his plan, miraculous things begin to happen.” Having been raised in Canada, Fr. Mark moved to Poland after high school and was ordained to the priesthood on June 10th 2006. He is now happy to be back in Canada serving at St. Barnabas Parish, and looks forward to seeing what God has planned for each and every one of his people.
Hobbies & Interests: Skating, dancing (but not Zumba 😀 ) & bugging the pastor ;P
Patron Saints: St. Maximilian Kolbe, “Martyr of Charity” and “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”
Favourite Bible Verse:
Matthew 5: 13-16 - “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
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Rev. Fr. Augustine Chan
Our newest addition to St. Barnabas, Fr. Augustine Chan is a caring priest with a missionary spirit. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he is the middle child in a family of seven with two older sisters, a younger sister and younger brother. As a young boy, Fr. Augustine was inspired by the sacrifice of Italian missionaries at his school who immersed themselves in a foreign culture and served the people in their local dialect. Strengthened by their example, Fr. Augustine left his home in 1999 after completing his Theology degree in Hong Kong. He entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto to further his education and formation, and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 10th 2003 for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
In his ministry with the Archdiocese of Toronto, Fr. Augustine has served as an Associate Pastor in Newmarket, and as a Pastor in Markham and East York. His last assignment was at St. Mary’s Church in Brampton as an Associate Pastor. Therefore, he brings a wealth of experience to his new role at St. Barnabas. Having personally experienced the joys and challenges of moving to a new country, he feels sensitive to the needs of diverse parishioners and can relate to their different experiences of faith. With the passion and zeal of the missionaries who trained him, he looks forward to wholeheartedly serve the needs of the multicultural community at St. Barnabas Parish.
Hobbies & Interests: Soccer, basketball, swimming, walking, watching movies, tasting international cuisines, and reading about spirituality and Catholicism.
Patron Saints: St. Dominic Savio and St. John Paul II
Favourite Bible Verse:
2 Corinthians 9: 7 - “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Romans 12: 15-16 – “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.”
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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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