Fr. Maurice Okolie, Pastor
I was Ordained August 8, 1998 and served as a Diocesan Priest from the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Enugu state, Nigeria.
I completed my philosophy and theology at Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri, Nigeria. It is an affiliate of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. On May 24, 2007, I arrived in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. In 2007, I served briefly at the St. Maria Gorretti Parish Devon as well St. Margaret Mission Church, Calmar. In 2007/2008, I had my first experience at Holy Family Parish where I served as Associate Pastor.
From August 2008 to September 2013, I served as Pastor of St. Stephen's Parish in Olds. With that, I covered St. Anne's Parish, Trochu, St. Anthony's, Didsbury, Our Lady of Fatima Sundre, St. Joseph's Three Hills and St. Theresa's Lumni.
Presently, I am back at Holy Family Parish for a second Missionary journey as the Pastor!
Fr. Peter Ebidero, Associate Pastor
(Bio to be posted.)
Deacon Don Logan, Pastoral Associate
I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Archbishop Smith on July 4th, 2008, for the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
I am married to Margaret, and we have two daughters Anne Marie and Tamara. Anne our oldest is married to Andre, and they live in St Albert with our Grand daughters Rae-Lynn and Kira. Tamara lives and works in Edmonton.
Margaret and I both retired from the Alberta Government and moved to St Albert at the beginning of July 2011 from Calahoo, just west of St Albert.
Vera Fischer, Office / Business Administrator
My family and I have been members of Holy Family Parish since 1991. Ken and I have 2 married sons with beautiful families and one teenage daughter full of life and energy! For 23 years I enjoyed a career in the field of vocational rehabilitation for citizens with developmental disabilities. Since 2007, the rewarding duties of Parish Secretary have been mine to embrace. Over the years, Parish life has presented many volunteer opportunities such as: baptism and marriage preparation, welcoming new parishioners, pastoral care, teaching children's liturgy and catechism along with other faith enrichment groups. Being part of a great community of believers is a way to experience the goodness, truth and beauty that God graciously gives to his people.
Marieta Paul, Sacramental Preparations / Schools / Music
I grew up on a farm near Riviere Qui Barre, and obtained my CREDO Diploma from Gonzaga Jesuit University in Washington (1976) and Bachelor of Theology degree (B.Th.) With Distinction from Newman Theological College (1979).
Douglas Paul and I were married in 1979 and we have four children, all in their twenties now. We have belonged to Holy Family Parish since 1983. I very much enjoyed being at home with our children when they were young, and Douglas and I volunteered with many different ministries and groups in the parish and Archdiocese during those years. From 1991 to 2007 I had the privilege of working as the Pastoral Associate in Holy Family Parish, then went to Youville Home as the Manager of Spiritual Care, and am now glad to be working in Holy Family Parish again, as well as at Youville Home.
Joanne Willette, Office Assistant
Our family moved to St. Albert in 1999. We felt so welcomed from the first time we attended Mass at Holy Family. I have two teenaged daughters, Sarah and Emily, and was widowed in 2009 when my husband, Peter, passed away from Lymphoma.
Since joining the parish, I have taught marriage preparation, was a guitarist for the Alleluia Children’s choir and I am currently a lector, member of the CWL and co-leader of the Catholic Girls League.
I earned a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the U of A in Biological Sciences and Mathematics in 1988. After teaching in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, I ‘retired’ to be at home to raise our girls.
I joined the Pastoral Team in October 2011 and feel blessed to work for such a holy and vibrant parish!
Stewardship is a way of life and each of us are called to serve God and others through faith and love. There are plenty of ways to get involved as a volunteer at Holy Family Parish.
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