Rev. 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.

 

Peace, 

 

Shimit

Rev. Fr. Paul Denni Ramachamkudy, BPhil, STL

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Rev. Mr. Arden Playford

Permanent Deacon

Deacon Arden was ordained on July 8, 2023 at St. Joseph's Basilica by Archbishop Richard W. Smith, alongside his two brothers in formation, Deacon Rene Mella (St Theresa's, Edmonton), and Deacon James Eidem (Sacred Heart Parish, Red Deer). 


Deacon Arden believes that the need for the Deacon in the Parish is greater now than ever before. Our society is changing dramatically after experiencing a worldwide pandemic which has left so many in the margins, experiencing hunger, broken relationships and homelessness. Our role as Deacons is one of service, not just in the Parish, but in the community serving those in need. 


Deacon Arden was born in Tisdale, Sk and lived in Nipawin, Sask until he was 18. He has 2 sisters, one older and one younger. Deacon Arden's dad owned the John Deere dealership in Nipawin and he spent many hours there as a partsman and learning how to take things apart... and doing his best to put them back together again :). When he wasn't at the dealership, he was found either on the ball diamond, in the curling rink or in the kitchen learning how to cook, a passion he still maintains to this day. These days he spends his days as the Business Coordinator at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in sherwood Park. When he is not there, you will find him in his own kitchen, or in the backyard cooking on his pizza oven!


Deacon Arden along with his wife, Jackie and their sons, Tyler and Evan have been involved with our parish as one of the original members moving from our sister parish, St Theresa's nearly 18 years ago. Deacon Arden brought his love of technology into our parish creating our first website in 2010 and has been updating it, as well as doing much of the scheduling of liturgical ministries for the first several years while we attended Mass in the schools. 

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.