St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton is one of the finest examples of 13th century gothic revival architecture in southern Ontario. Designed by the prominent Irish architect Joseph C. Connolly, St Patrick’s was completed in 1877 to serve the needs of the growing Catholic population which was then the east end of Hamilton. Now it is situated just at the centre of the downtown core.
Since this time, few other landmarks in Hamilton can rival the impact that St Patrick’s has had on so many. Thousands of people have found inspiration and consolation in the quietness of her nave and sanctuary, a tradition which continues to this day.
was born in 1972 at Torun, Poland. After his secondary education as an auto-technician, he entered the Oblate novitiate at Swiety Krzyz. He made his scholasticate in Obra, Poland where he professed his perpetual vows with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1997. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1999, Father Jarek served as an associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Wroclaw, Poland for one year before assuming an obedience with the then Grandin Province, which included Alberta and the Northwest Territories. His first year on Canadian soil was dedicated to intensive language studies at Norquest College in Edmonton, Alberta, enculturation, and some pastoral experience with the Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories. In 2001 he was assigned as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City, NL. Fr. Jarek received Canadian citizenship in 2004, and made Canada his home. In 2007 he was named Rector of the Basilica in Labrador City and Administrator of the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Wabush. He also provided pastoral assistance at La Résurrection Parish in Fermont, QC. On April 1, 2012, after a few months of sabbatical, Fr. Jarek was assigned by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI as Parish Administrator of Holy Family and Sacred Heart parishes in Hamilton.
Co-PastorReverend Tony O'Dell, OMI
was born in 1961 in a small fishing community on the coast of Labrador, West St Modest. He joined the Oblates in 1986 and studied at St Paul University and Edmonton Theological College. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. After his ordination to the priesthood he served as associate pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City and missionary to Churchill Fall’s. In 2001 he was appointed pastor of the Cathedral and administrator of Our Lady of the Assumption in Wabush, Labrador. He also served with various responsibilities within the Oblate community and the diocesan Church such as Superior of the OMI Labrador District, Superior of the OMI Atlantic District and Provincial Councillor of OMI Lacombe Canada, Vicar General of the Diocese of Labrador City – Schefferville, Director of Formation OMI Lacombe Canada and Kenya, Africa. 2007 thru 2011 Episcopal Vicar for the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador with responsibility for the Labrador sector. 2010 elected delegate to the General Chapter of the Missionary Oblates Mary Immaculate, Rome, Italy. 2007 thru 2011 vice-president and CEO of the Charles Deharveng Foundation. On April 1, 2012, after a few months of sabbatical, Fr. Tony was assigned by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI as Parish Administrator of Holy Family and Sacred Heart parishes in Hamilton.
Office AdministratorMrs. Rita Kara
Pastoral AssociateMr. Scott Whitfield
Music DirectorMr. Robert Morrow
Retreat Director (Part Time)Mr. Ian McLean
BookkeeperMrs. Doris Ippolito
MaintenanceMr. Alphonso Ippolito
Project ManagerMr. John Simpson