MEET OUR PARISH STAFF
Fr. Antony Cruz Michael
Fr. Antony Cruz Michael, S.A.C. is from a city called Chennai, India. He belongs to the Society of the Catholic Apostolate known as SAC or Pallottines. He completed his philosophical studies in Pradeepa Institute of Philosophy – Goa, earned Bachelor of Theology at Probodhana, Pallottine Centre for Theological and Religious Formation – Mysore (affiliated to Philosphich-theologische Hochschule, Vallendar, Germany), Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Master Degree in Psychology at Periyar University, Salem, India. He pursues his studies in Sociology. He was ordained a priest on May 1, 2009. Since then he has served in different capacities in India as an Associate Pastor, Prefect of the Seminarians, Moderator of the Seminarians, Vocation Promotor and Lecturer.
He came to Edmonton to serve in the Archdiocese of Edmonton in 2013 and served as an associate pastor in St. Theresa’s Parish, Millwoods and OLPH Parish, Sherwood Park. In 2016 he was appointed as Pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish, Lloydminster. He joyfully continues to serve this Parish as Pastor.
Deacon Michael is married with 3 children. He was a practicing lawyer for 32 years before retiring and being ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2016. His duties include assisting at mass, helping at schools, visiting the sick, and presiding over baptisms, funerals and weddings where there is no mass.
Melanie Pellerin is St. Anthony’s Parish secretary and office manager. She has been employed at
St. Anthony’s since 2005 and will be the first person you see when entering the church during office hours. As the Office manager/secretary she responsible for answering telephone inquiries, providing information regarding parish affairs and arranging appointments with the pastor or appropriate personnel. She is responsible for maintaining a current schedule of events, meetings and all activities within the parish. Melanie is responsible for finances within the office, including but not limited to preparing cheques for employees, preparing tax receipts, posting weekly donations and preparing payments for parish expenses. She also oversees the 5loaves2fish food room and gives out food when needed.
Audrey Gibbs is a lifetime member of St.Anthony's Parish. She has received all of her sacraments here and is now a full-time pastoral assistant. She has been employed at St. Anthony’s since 2013 and is responsible for the majority of sacramental preparation. If you or your child is receiving a sacrament she can help with First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Marriage. She is responsible for creating lesson plans, teaching, or arranging teaching of sacramental preparation classes, as well as the RCIC classes for new young children joining the church. In addition to the duties mentioned, she works together with the rest of the office staff to successfully get everything done as efficiently as possible. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions in regards to the sacraments, how to prepare, and what information is required. She is always ready to help you on your journey to making the most of all the beautiful sacraments the Catholic Church has to offer!
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Tharin Fischer grew up in Lloydminster and is back after being away for eight years! He is married with four little boys. Tharin has been involved in Youth Ministry for over ten years and has a passion for bringing the Catholic Faith to the youth of today.
As Youth Coordinator, Tharin’s duties include organizing, planning, and running Youth nights, events, and retreats, as well as getting youth involved in various ministries in St. Anthony’s parish, creating opportunities for youth to give back and serve in the parish and community, and providing a welcoming environment for all youth to deepen their faith or discover it for the first time!