Photo: Patrick Allan © 2018
His Excellency Steven J. Lopes is the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter and pastor to all its members and clergy in the United States and Canada.
On 23 June 2001 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Cardinal William J. Levada (then Archbishop Levada). As a priest of the Archdiocese, he served as an associate pastor at two parishes: St Patrick Catholic Church in San Francisco and St Anselm Catholic Church in Ross, California.
In 2005 he was named an official of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for promoting and preserving Catholic teaching. For seven of his 10-plus years at the Vatican, he served as secretary to the Cardinal Prefect. He was named a monsignor in 2010. Pope Francis named him the Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter on 24 November 2015.
For his motto, Bishop Lopes selected the Latin phrase, “Magna Opera Domini,” or in English, “Great are the works of the Lord.” By these words, our bishop expresses his awe of God’s grace in drawing His people to the fullness of Eucharistic communion.
our Parish Priest
Fr. Robert-Charles Bengry GSmp, serves as our Parish Priest and the Prior of the Canons Regular of St. Gilbert of Sempringham (GSmp). Father Robert-Charles was born and raised on the Canadian prairie but has lived and served in British Columbia and Manitoba as well. He earned a Bachelor of Design, Diploma of Christian Studies and Master of Divinity in Vancouver and served a three-point rural parish in the Anglican Diocese of Brandon for seven years. He completed a course of study and formation to become a Roman Catholic Priest earlier this year. He became a Benedictine in 2006 and, since his coming home to the Roman Catholic Church, has been actively establishing a modest Gilbertine restoration.
Father was ordained to the transitional diaconate at our Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston TX on the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica, 2017 and ordained to the Priesthood on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul, 2018.
Fr. Robert-Charles took the Religious and Confirmation name “Charles” after St. Charles Borromeo who was known for his reforming efforts during the Counter Reformation; Robert, his given name, recalls another personal patron St. Robert Bellarmine.
our PAROCHIAL vicar
Fr. Sean-Patrick Beahen GSmp, a member of the Gilbertine community in Calgary, is the Parochial Vicar at St. John’s. He hails from the nation’s capital via Vancouver and most recently via Brandon, Manitoba. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vancouver and was educated in theology through The School of Theology, Sewanee: The University of the South, supplemented with courses in homiletics, Greek, ethics, Anglican Ethos, and History at the Vancouver School of Theology. He completed a course of study and formation to become a Roman Catholic Priest earlier this year. Fr. Sean-Patrick also professed Benedictine vows in 2006 and served as an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Brandon at St. Mary the Virgin, Brandon, MB.
Father is over-joyed to come home to the Catholic Church and is pleased to be of service at St. John’s.
Fr. Sean-Patrick was ordained to the transitional diaconate at our Cathedral on the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica, 2017 and ordained to the Priesthood on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul, 2018.
Father chose the Religious name “Patrick” a Saint known for his missionary zeal.
the parish secretary
Mrs. Susan Travis serves as St. John’s Parish Secretary. Mrs. Travis is well known at St. John’s and has an extensive background in administrative work. She is a real asset to our team at St. John’s. Office hours are Monday and Thursday 9.00 am – 3.00 pm. Mrs. Travis can be reached at email@example.com or 403.617.0057
The director of music & Organist
Mr. Troy Lamereaux is our Organist and Choir Master. He is the creative energy behind our excellent musical offering at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. He expertly leads our team of organists and choristers.
Mr. Peter Bently, a long-time member of the parish, is the Sacristan at St. John’s. He’s responsible for the ‘behind the scenes work’ of the liturgy and leads a team of fine volunteers who ensure the Mass and public prayer is well provided for.
Mr. Bruce Travis, Treasurer of the St. John the Baptist Deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, serves as our Parish Verger. His duties are varied and he’s a great help in the practical day-to-day operations of the parish, especially in the management of the property.
Mr. Bob Harrod is our Sexton responsible for security, maintenance, and an hundred other details as they pertain to the care of the church. He works closely with our Verger and can often be seen working at a variety of jobs at St. John’s.
Board of directors
Very Rev. Timothy Perkins
Mrs Kathryn Blair
Dr Roy Ifill
Mr Richard Harding
Mr Bruce Travis
THE PARISH COUNCIL
Fr Robert-Charles Bengry GSmp (Chairman)
Mrs Susan Travis (Secretary)
Fr Sean-Patrick Beahen GSmp (FC ex-officio)
Mr Norman Davis (FC ex-officio)
Mr Peter Bentley (2016-2019)
Mr Jeremy Fraser (2016-2019)
Mr Trevers Robinson (2016-2019)
the finance council
Fr Robert-Charles Bengry GSmp (President)
Mr Norman Davis (Chairman)
Mr Bob Harrod (ex-officio)
Fr Sean-Patrick Beahen GSmp
Mr Richard Harding
Miss Michelle Leigh
Mr Bruce Travis