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Group History

The formation of the Prayer Group began at St. Bernadette's Parish in Ajax, and the Fall of 1980 was the first record of a Life in the Spirit Seminar. There were three parishes trying to start a prayer group in the area including the parishes of St. Isaac Jogues and Holy Redeemer in Pickering and St. Bernadette in Ajax. They all decided to come together as one prayer group. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to Graham Johnson, the group chose the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Center in Pickering as their meeting place and started meeting there on Monday nights in October of 1983.

Those instrumental in these early formation days and leadership of the group included:

  • Betty Richardson
  • Gloria Sininan
  • Theresa Walsh
  • John and Mary McDonald
  • Graham and Eleanor Johnson
By 1987, the guidelines of Sister Olinger came into practice in the more formal discernment of Pastoral Leaders. From this time forward, Sister Olinger's guidelines continue to be the foundation of the Process of Discernment for the selection of Pastoral Leaders for the Manresa Prayer Group.

From the foundation leadership the following is a record of Pastorla Team Leaders for the Manresa Prayer Group.

Current Pastoral Group
  • Assunta Alele Don
  • Rita Camilleri
  • Wilfred Camilleri
  • Myra Falzon
  • Stacey Leitmann
  • Trevor Pereita
  • Filomena Vigilante
  • Philomena Wong

April 2016 to April 2018
  • Assunta Alele Don
  • Wilfred Camilleri
  • Myra Falzon
  • Mary Sturat (withdrew in 2016)

April 2014
  • Rita Camilleri
  • Rose Civello
  • Myra Falzon
  • Jim Peters (withdrew in 2014)

November 2011 to April 2014
  • Assunta Alele Don
  • Joyce Jean (withdrew in 2013)
  • Alice Alemao
  • Filomena Vigilante

November 2009 to November 2011
  • Rose Civello
  • Philomean Wong
  • Jacquie Dagenais
  • Mary Stuart
  • Assunta Alele Don

November 2007 to November 2009
  • Rose Civello
  • Philomean Wong
  • Jacquie Dagenais
  • Mary Stuart

June 2005 to November 2007
  • Rose Civello
  • Valerie Davis
  • Philomean Wong
  • John Dore (withdrew in October 2005)

November 2002 to June 2005
  • Bernard McGinty
  • Joyce Jean
  • Gerry DaCosta

The P.O.D. was postponed to this date in respect to Theresa Seltzer. Her husband, Bill, was very ill and died in February, 2005. Theresa and Bill's home had been 'home' to Core and Pastoral meetings for many years. May Bill's soul rest in peace.

November 2000 to October 2002
  • Theresa Seltzer
  • Bernard McGinty
  • Joyce Jean
  • Mary Sanders

October 1998 to November 2000
  • Joyce Jean
  • Alma McCabe
  • Bernard McGinty
  • Rosella Melchor

October 1996 to October 1998
  • Evelyn Cadiz
  • Theresa Seltzer
  • Joyce Jean

October 1993 to October 1996
  • Evelyn Cadiz
  • Theresa Seltzer
  • Gertie Del Castillho

October 1991 to October 1993
  • Gertie Del Castillho
  • Evelyn Cadiz

October 1989 to October 1991
  • Theresa Seltzer
  • Gertie Del Castillho

October 1987 to October 1989
  • Ethel Wendland
  • Mary Purcell
  • Jacquie Dagenais

Please pray for our Deceased Members. May they rest in peace.


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