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.”