Fr. Shimit Abraham, CFIC, Pastor

My name is Shimit Abraham. 


I am a priest of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (CFIC). I have served as Hospital Chaplin, Associated Pastor and Pastor of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, since 2013.


I enjoy travelling, big games, and reading.


I’ve wanted to be a priest since school. As many do, however, I took the longer road. Before getting ordained I taught in school and colleges.


My formal education includes:
+ Bachelor of Philosophy, Dharmaram College Bangalore, India 2001;
+ Master of Economics, M.G.  University Kottayam, India 2004;
+ Bachelor of  Theology, Oriens Theological College, Shillong India, 2009.


I look forward to getting to know all of you as I continue my Christian Journey as Pastor in Corpus Christi Parish. I hope I can offer my best in helping in your spiritual Journey. 


God bless.





Rev. Mr. Gem Mella,

Permanent Deacon

Migrating to Canada in 1993 from the Philippines, Deacon Gem and family have since lived in Southeast Edmonton and have been active volunteer-ministers of St Theresa’s parish. Among the ministries he is involved with are: sound ministry, adult server, extra-ordinary minister of Holy Communion, commentator and he is likewise involved in various committees – Society of St Vincent De Paul (SSVP), Spiritual Care at Grey Nuns, Stewardship, liturgy and fundraising for the building of Corpus Christi.

Deacon Gem truly believes that “we are all called with our unique God-given talents; and we must be true and faithful to our Christian vocation”. Deacon Gem further explains that "we are all called to build a community of disciples of Jesus Christ in this modern era, living with one heart and mind intent upon God. We are all called to share the love of Christ and be a witness to others."

Deacon Gem was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in May 2014, for the Archdiocese of Edmonton and initially serving St Theresa’s Parish, believes that he has come to what he describes as ‘full circle’ in his professional years. He started as an IT consultant—setting up and fixing computer systems to fitness consultant-- promoting health and physical wellness. Now, as a permanent deacon and as a servant of the Church, Deacon Gem believes that he is called by God foremost to serve the community, the people of God to the ministry of charity.

Deacon Gem is married, with two adult children and five grand-children.