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Ordinandi Dinner
"Stewards of God's Mysteries"
March 3, 2009


  • Rev. Mr. Steve Dickson
    Rev. Mr. Steven Dickson, 29; was baptized, and received into the Church at the Easter Vigil in 1997 at the age of 17. He began to feel the Lord calling in his early 20's while at York University. It was a providential meeting of a Seminary faculty member at a youth rally at Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland that gave Steve the final push he needed to answer the Lord's call. After spending some time in discernment at Serra House while studying philosophy, Steve entered St. Augustine's Seminary in 2004. He looks forward to serving the Lord and the people of the Archdiocese of Toronto in his future ministry.
  • Rev. Mr. Thomas Lim
    Rev. Mr. Thomas Lim, 40; born in Indonesia and came to Canada at the age of four, with his other seven siblings and parents. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and spent his entire professional career in the financial industry in downtown Toronto. After experiencing a profound call to conversion in his late twenties, Thomas gradually discerned his call to the priesthood and entered St. Augustine's Seminary in 2003.
  • Rev. Mr. Ricardo Quiñones
    Rev. Mr. Ricardo Quiñones, 40; was born and raised in Paraguay. His life changed when he experienced the love of God in a community of the Neocatechumenal Way in his home Parish in Asunción, Paraguay. He decided to announce the Gospel with his life when he was working as a teacher in a Catholic high school in Asunción. He arrived to enter the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary ten years ago in the midst of a snow storm (January, 1999). He is looking forward to serving the Archdiocese of Toronto and the universal Church as a diocesan priest.
  • Rev. Mr. Carlos Troya
    Rev. Mr. Carlos Troya, 31; was born and raised in Colombia. He experienced the love of God in a community of the NeoCatechumenal Way in his home parish in Colombia. While attending a weekend retreat, he felt called to the priesthood. He entered the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary of Toronto in May 1999. He is looking forward to serving the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Universal Church.
  • Rev. Mr. Eric Rodrigues
    Rev. Mr. Eric Rodrigues, 32; was born and raised in Toronto and had dreams of becoming a doctor, getting married and raising a family. He studied biochemistry at the University of Waterloo and completed a master’s degree in epidemiology at McGill University. He returned to Toronto and worked for a year with a pharmaceutical company. He credits Our Lady with deepening his relationship with Jesus, and this led him to enter St. Augustine's Seminary in 2004. Eric looks forward to giving glory to God by serving His people in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
  • Rev. Mr. Craig Cruikshank
    Rev. Mr. Craig Cruikshank, 28; After serving at the altar of his home parish for many years, Deacon Craig decided to explore the possibility of the priesthood and entered Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, NY right after high school. He later left formation as the seminary closed its doors. Two years later, after a trip to Rome, an experience of the roots of our Church and our faith, he entered formation again in 2003 and spent a year at Serra House before entering St. Augustine's Seminary. Deacon Craig looks forward to serving the people of the Diocese of Peterborough.
  • Rev. Mr. Jonathan Blake
    Rev. Mr. Jonathan Blake, 33; He heard the call to the priesthood in grade two but it would be almost twenty years before he'd respond. After graduating from UNB with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, he did a year program which began his 5-year Information Technology career as a computer programmer. Running from job to job, God opened his heart to the call that He had placed there from the very beginning. He entered St. Augustine's Seminary in 2003 and is now looking forward to beginning his ministry for the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
  • Rev. Mr. Paul Magyar
    Rev. Mr. Paul Magyar, 27; born in Slovakia and came to Toronto when he was nine years old. Paul graduated from the University of Toronto studying East Asian religions and Western Philosophy. His interesting and active life never overshadowed his initial calling and desire to become a priest. Paul entered Saint Augustine's Seminary in 2004 and during the first two summers he worked as a chaplain for air cadets in Greenwood Nova Scotia. Paul has found and is ready to fulfill his destiny.
  • Rev. Mr. Jacques Rigaud
    Rev. Mr. Jacques Rigaud, 43; was born and grew up in France. Following his military service, he felt the call to religious life and joined a community for 15 years. He moved to Canada over 7 years ago to help the community in Quebec. From there, he decided with his spiritual director to think about the priesthood. A priest told him that the Maritimes would be a good place for him and God opened the way. He discovered recently that he had a cousin in the Yukon, Fr. Pierre Rigaud who had come from the same place in France. Jacques is looking forward to serving the people and Church in Charlottetown as a diocesan priest.
  • Rev. Mr. Frank Portelli
    Rev. Mr. Frank Portelli, 33; born and raised in Toronto, and was much more interested in clubbing and having a good time than becoming a priest. “I believed priesthood was only for the naive and the wholesome. Once I graduated and began working I started to wonder what the purpose of my life was. I began to pray and to sincerely seek God and saw that God wanted something from me that I wasn't willing to give: my entire heart and life. After much struggle, prayer and discernment, I see that fulfillment is seeking God and loving sacrificially every day.”
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  • The 2009 Ordinandi with Archbishop Collins
  • Archbishop Collins
  • Fr. Liborio Amaral
  • Fr. Hansoo - The New Vocations Director
  • Presentation of this Year's Ordinandi
  • Rev. Mr. Frank Portelli's Talk to the Crowd
  • Rev. Mr. Steve Dickson's Talk to the Crowd
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