I first became a parishioner at St. Ignatius of Loyola when my parents moved to Montreal West in 1980. I attended Loyola High School and later Concordia University so this parish, and the priests who served here, loomed large as I grew up. After working for several years in the financial sector, I entered the seminary in 2002 and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Montreal in 2009 (no I didn’t fail, it actually takes 7 years). I have had assignments at Holy Name of Jesus parish in Laval and St. Thomas à Becket parish in Pierrefonds. In September of 2013 I was asked to come ‘home’ to St. Ignatius as the parish administrator.
My mother, who still attends Mass here, is as yet unsure how she feels about me being her pastor. Nevertheless, my understanding of what it means to be a pastor is that sometimes you lead from the front, sometimes you are pushing people forward, but most of the time you are alongside them on their journey. I try to live out what St. Peter, in his 1st letter, tells his fellow pastors ‘Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it.’ (1 Peter 5:2).