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Grace Batchoun

A Gallup-certified Strengths performance coach with a wealth of professional experience. In her 15 years in the private sector, Grace worked as a manager and leader at Nortel, Canadian National, Avenor and Ernest & Young, working in human resources and project management, overseeing multi-million dollar projects.

In addition, Grace has been a leader in the non-profit sector for 14 years, co-founding three organizations with a humanitarian and human rights focus: Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, the CJPME Foundation, and Sowers of Hope. On the spiritual level, Grace is active in her church community of La Chapelle, leading Women’s ministries and teaching and facilitating various courses and events.

As a Strengths performance coach, she has helped teams and individuals to discover their innate competencies – the “things that make them alive” – to leverage these for a greater personal fulfillment, empowerment and success.

STRENGTHS-BASED LEADERSHIP (D3)

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Josh Canning

Josh Canning, the Catholic Church Coordinator for Alpha Canada, is a father of five, with another baby on the way. The Torontonian describes himself as “husband to one amazing woman”, and is known to never refuse a coffee.

“I often wonder if the apostle Paul was on earth today, how would he employ new media to share the Gospel, what would his tweets look like?” he muses. “When I was little I thought I would grow up to play shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. But you know, working to share the truth about Jesus is even better.”

WHAT IS ALPHA AND WHAT CAN IT DO FOR MY PARISH? (E4)

CONNECT GROUPS: CREATING A CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER IN THE HOME (F4)

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Angela Choi

An active volunteer and parishioner of St. Willibrord’s Parish in Verdun. She has been involved with liturgical lay ministries at Holy Cross Parish (Regina, SK) and Newman Centre (McGill), and now serves on the pastoral council and liturgy team at St. Willibrord’s. Angela participated in the first Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) session initiated in the fall of 2014. Married, she and her husband are actively involved with organizing subsequent PREX sessions and continue to dedicate their efforts in building a parish community. Angela currently works as a clinical pharmacologist in the private industry.

PARISH RENEWAL EXPERIENCE (E3)

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Isabel Correa

Isabel Correa draws on 20 years of leadership experience in ministry with youth and young families. Her life’s mission is dedicated to the formation and evangelization of young people. Director of the Youth Ministry Office for the Archdiocese of Montreal since 2007, she provides training in youth ministry, co-ordinates youth projects, and organizes diocesan youth gatherings and various youth pilgrimages every year. Isabel also teaches at Institut Formation Théologique de Montreal (IFTM); she has a M.A. in Theology and B.Sc. from Concordia University and a B.Ed. from McGill University.

BUILDING YOUTH MINISTRY – WHAT NEXT? (E2)
MAILCHIMP FOR PARISH COMMUNICATIONS (B2)

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Marie-Astrid Dubant

Marie-Astrid Dubant was born and raised in Burgundy, France. She renewed her faith in 2012 through an Alpha course. Since then she has volunteered in Paris and Vancouver before becoming the Regional Alpha Director in Quebec. “God has blessed me with both a beautiful boy and girl, and a wonderful husband,” says the Montreal Habs and boxing fan. I’m always ready to meet a friend or colleague over a good cup of coffee.

WHAT IS ALPHA AND WHAT CAN IT DO FOR MY PARISH? (E4)

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Marianne Kallini

Marianne Kallini is a Human Resources professional who has participated in children movements for many years, including Mouvement international d’apostolat d’enfants (MIDADE) and Jeunes témoins chrétiens (JTC). She has a M.A. in International Relations from Political Studies Institute of Paris and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the American University in Cairo. She currently works for the Archdiocese of Montreal as the Diocesan Co-ordinator of Responsible Pastoral Ministry.

TOWARD A RESPONSIBLE PASTORAL MINISTRY

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Lukas Kusiak

Lukas Kusiak has been tinkering with tech since the dial-up days. With IT experience in breaking and fixing computers, he currently collaborates on website projects in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and is a freelance cameraman for Canada’s largest Catholic TV network, Salt & Light. In the past, he has worked as a Social Media Manager for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio and when he isn’t glued to a computer screen, he daylights as a commercial pilot at Trudeau airport. Kusiak holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Concordia University.

WORDPRESS FOR PARISH WEBSITES (C2)

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Fr. Michael Leclerc

Fr. Michael Leclerc has served in parish ministry since his ordination in 2009. In 2016, he did a six-month internship with Fr. James Mallon, author of Divine Renovation, at St. Benedict Parish, Halifax. There he experienced first-hand the principles and practices that Fr. Mallon uses to lead a parish renewal that has helped St. Benedict become the largest and most dynamic Catholic parish in Atlantic Canada. Fr. Michael is currently the pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Montreal, which is now part of the Divine Renovation Network, a group of parishes that receive ongoing coaching and support from Fr. Mallon and his team.

MY EXPERIENCE OF DIVINE RENOVATION
THE CASHLESS PARISH – GET THE MOST OUT OF THE ELECTRONIC AGE

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Jess Navar

Jess Navar  has served 18 years for the Catholic movement Couples for Christ, which is dedicated to the strengthening and renewal of Christian family life. Navar is currently the Area Leader for the CFC Montreal Chapter. Navar’s experience includes volunteer work for the Philippine-based movement Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, where he helped build homes for the poor and needy. Married with three daughters, Navar and his family are parishioners of St. Malachy Parish in Hampstead. In addition to his ministry and parish involvement, Navar and his family serve during the Sunday evening Filipino Mass held twice a month at Madre Dei Cristiani Mission in LaSalle. Navar holds a BA Major in Mathematics and enjoys playing basketball, bowling and chess.

ENGAGING FAMILY MINISTRY

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Fr. Gregory Nuñez

Fr. Gregory Nuñez entered the seminary in the Philippines in 1984 at the very young age of 12, and was ordained in 1999. He studied psychology as a seminarian and was trained in Clinical Pastoral Counselling at the Philippines Heart Center. He has served as a director of youth ministry and a parish administrator on missionary assignments in the Third World, and was a parochial vicar in four communities. Fr. Greg was appointed chaplain at the Newman Centre (McGill University) in 2010 and at St. Margaret Residential Centre (Westmount) in 2013. Along with serving as chaplain, he was named parochial administrator of St. Willibrord in 2013.

PARISH RENEWAL EXPERIENCE (PREX)

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Carole Wepruk

Carole Wepruk has been a parishioner at St. Willibrord’s Parish in Verdun since 2009 and an active volunteer since April 2015 after having attended PREX II. She saw the need for volunteers and wanted to experience the community life that St. Willibrord’s had to offer. She serves on the pastoral council, is an organizer of the annual bazaar, and helps out in the parish office. Carole has been retired for 11 years and previously worked as an administrative assistant for Bowater. After 36 years in the pulp and paper industry, she decided it was time to move on and do something different.

PARISH RENEWAL EXPERIENCE (PREX)

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Deacon Keith Strohm

Deacon Keith Strohm served from 2008 – 2015 as Director of Evangelization and Adult Formation for Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove, IL. He is currently studying for his Master of Divinity degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. Keith has traveled extensively as a Catherine of Siena Institute teacher and trainer since 2005 and authored one of the chapters in Becoming A Parish of Intentional Disciples. His ministry now includes serving as a full-time speaker, retreat director, giver of parish missions, and consultant.

DISCIPLESHIP AND THE EMERGENCE OF CHARISMS
THE PARISH AS A COMMUNITY OF CHARISMS
CHARISMS AND THE EVANGELIZATION PROCESS

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Bishop Thomas Dowd

Bishop Thomas Dowd was born in Montreal on Sept. 11, 1970, and ordained a priest on Dec. 7, 2001. Following his theological studies at the Grand Seminary of Montreal, he did pastoral work, from 2001 to 2005, in the Montreal parishes of Holy Name of Jesus, Saint Thomas à Becket, Saint Veronica and Saint Luke. From 2005 to 2006, he served as chaplain at Lakeshore General Hospital. From 2006 to 2011, he was associate director of the Office for Pastoral Personnel. In September 2010, he was named director of formation for the Archdiocese of Montreal. On July 11, Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Dowd as auxiliary bishop to assist our archbishop with the important task of proposing Jesus Christ in Montreal. His Episcopal ordination took place Sept. 10 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. He served for five years as Episcopal Vicar to the English-speaking faithful of the diocese and Director of the Office for English Pastoral Services. In September 2016, Bishop Dowd was appointed Vicar General of the Montreal diocese together with Auxiliary Bishop Alain Faubert.

OVERVIEW: FIVE YEARS OF PARISH VISITS

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Archbishop Christian Lépine

Archbishop Lépine has had many years of experience as a pastor and teacher. Ordained a priest in 1983, at Saint-André-Apôtre Parish, he began his priestly ministry at Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal before departing for Rome to study philosophy at the Gregorian University from 1986 to 1989. Upon his return to Montreal, he was appointed parish assistant at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges and pastor of Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal. He ministered there until 1996, when he became the director of Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte’s secretariat. In 1998, he was called to Rome, where he worked for the Secretary of State and then for the Congregation for Divine Worship. In 2000, he returned to Montreal and was appointed director of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal, a mandate that he fulfilled up until 2006. From 2006 to 2012, he was pastor of Purification de la Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie and Notre-Dame-des-Champs parishes. Throughout his various activities, Most Rev. Lépine taught philosophy and theology for some twenty years at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal. Ordained a bishop on September 10, 2011 by Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar to Family and Youth as well as Director of the Pastoral Liturgy Service. Finally, on March 20, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him archbishop of Montreal.

Most Rev. Lépine is the tenth bishop and eighth archbishop of Montreal, since the establishment of the diocese in 1836.

PUTTING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST AT THE HEART OF YOUR PARISH