Welcome to St. Mary’s. My name is Annabel MacDonald, and I have been your Chaplain since 2007.
As a graduate myself of St. Mary’s I am no stranger to the kind and loving spirit this school has always offered to anyone who has walked through the front doors.
The school may have physically changed dramatically (now we’re co-ed, we’ve moved in 2001 to a new building that is beside a three lane roundabout, and the population is so large that some days it feels like a self-contained town) but one thing hasn’t changed though; the students of today share the indelible marks of a communal heritage. Our Catholic legacy is who we are. I am blessed to be a part of this school community and offer my gifts to its service, and to the service of the Gospel.
He is there for us. As your chaplain I will work with St. Mary’s toward shaping an environment that enhances personal and communal growth in body, mind and spirit. My primary role as chaplain is to facilitate this growth in the context of our Catholic faith. This will be done by sharing with students and staff in liturgical celebrations, retreats, social action, support groups, pastoral counseling (including grief and bereavement), and walking with individuals and groups on their faith journey.
Please come visit me or if you need to talk. Send me an email at Annabel.MacDonald@wcdsb.ca or call me at 519-745-6891 ext. 5626.
Fr. Toby Collins, CR is a graduate of St. Mary’s (2001). He has many fond memories of this great high school and enjoys coming back to visit the students in both a casual and formal setting. He supports our liturgies and our graduates as well as does classroom visits. Please check out his great website – vocation culture – where Fr. Toby invites people considering all vocations (consecrated, married, single, religious which is all of us!) to peruse the site and read up on him and what’s happening. Take a look: www.vocationculture.ca Video of Opening Liturgy Sept. 2013 with Fr. Toby Collins