Main Speaker: Fr. John O'Brien
Fr. John O’Brien was born and raised in British Columbia, and moved with his family to Ontario for high school. After studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he earned degrees in communications from the University of Ottawa and in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was a teacher and principal at an independent Catholic school in Peterborough, Ontario, for five years, then discerned a calling to consecrated life, joining the Jesuits after a two-year discernment program in Rome. He taught theology and film studies in Vancouver, and is currently based in Toronto as the full-time Vocations Director for the Jesuits of Canada. Fr. John gives retreats to young adults across Canada, teaching St. Ignatius of Loyola’s principles of discernment of spirits, and the discernment of God’s will. His great passion is helping young Canadians find and develop their relationship with God in Christ.
Fr. Augustine Chan
Rev. Fr. Augustine Chan is originally from Hong Kong. He finished his priestly formation at St. Augustine’s Seminary, and was ordained as a priest in 2003. For the past 16 years, he has been appointed as pastor or associate priest in various Chinese and English parishes respectively across Toronto. Currently, he is appointed as the chaplain to the Chinese university/college students in the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Fr. Francis Ching
Hi everybody, I’m Fr. Francis Ching, a member of the Society of the Companions of the Cross. Currently I’m based in Toronto, doing full time missionary work and training lay people to be better evangelizers. I’m the Spiritual Advisor of GT. I was a GT camper like yourself 1993-1998, and came as a priest since 2005 for almost every year. I’m legally blind but thanks to God, I can still do almost everything a priest is required to do. God’s amazing!
I am Hawkins Choi, this will be my 8th GT in 2019. I love to read, attend Eucharistic Adoration, and play board games to bond with friends. I also enjoy nature, where I can just marvel at God’s work. But I always have questions about “How do I put myself to be in the state/place to be able to listen to God in this noisy world ? “. I will share some of my experience at GT this year. See you there !!
Deacon Peter Fan
Coordinating a parish, Deacon Peter Fan got to know the evolution of the parish community. As the academic director for Deacon Formation in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, he also got to learn the process whereby a lay person discerns to be a deacon and go through the different stages in formation before being ordained. He has been working with the homeless in a soup kitchen for the last 10 years, offering Liturgy of the Word, and interacting with those who come by.
Fr. Raphael Ma, CR
Fr. Raphael Ma, CR was born in Canada, with his family hailing from Hong Kong; he grew up in Toronto as an only child, with no first cousins. Newly ordained on June 15th, 2019, he celebrated his first mass the day after on the sixteenth of June!
Deacon Anthony Wong
Deacon Anthony Wong was ordained at St. Michael’s Cathedral in June 2018 by Cardinal Thomas Collins after spending five years of formation at the St. Augustine Seminary in Scarborough. He is currently assigned to St. Francis Xavier Church and gives homily once a month at all seven masses and has have often been asked to give talks to different prayer groups in the church.
Phoebe and Eric Wong
Phoebe and Eric Wong were involved in the GT community several years ago. They got married a year ago and have been busy trying to figure out what adulthood is all about. Passionate about the Christ-centered lives, nursing, and software engineering! Come say hi!
Sr. Alberta Zhen
Hello! My name is Jeremy Zou, and I am a seminarian studying for the diocesan priesthood for the Archdiocese of Toronto at St. Augustine’s Seminary. I love being around young people, and hearing their stories and dreams. I am an avid reader, board gamer, and gym rat. My saint besties are St. John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa. Jesus is the coolest bro, and puts up with more than His fair share with me. Excited to meet you all!
Katie Zou is the Youth Minister of St. Agnes Tsao Church. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Religious Education and is completing her Masters of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization through the Franciscan University of Steubenville whose motto, “Academically excellent; passionately Catholic,” she has adopted for her own. Her passions include: Biblical theology, Biblical languages, Theology of the Body and the Eucharist.