People

People

Zac Duval

I have been a parishioner at St. Mary’s for my whole life. In high school I attended youth group weekly, and it was there that I was able to experience God in a personal way. Since then, I have served at St. Mary’s in many different capacities, including as a youth leader and musician. In my current role, I take care of keeping parishioners informed and engaged with parish events and the Parish vision; I also maintain and manage the…

Mary Smallwood

Shortly after rediscovering and returning to the Catholic church in 2013, I came to St. Mary’s!   I am so grateful for the people God has put in my life throughout my faith journey to help me grow and follow Him.    In an amazing turn of events in my life, I was happy to join the staff at St. Mary’s as a part-time Personal Assistant to Fr. Mark.  As well, I am also serving as the Ministry Coordinator for St.…

Jackie Cole

Hello! My name is Jackie. I love the outdoors, card games and going on spontaneous adventures. I studied Social Justice in university and enjoy discussing matters of faith. I served two years with NET Ministries of Canada; a life changing experience that has ignited my desire to continue to work for the Church. My role at St. Mary’s is to be the friendly first-point of contact for those connecting with the office!

Catherine Vanden Dungen

I’ve attended St. Mary’s since 2021, and my husband and I got married here in June 2023. I have a passion for parish renewal, and when this job came up I felt the Lord strongly tug my heart towards it. As Operations Manager I oversee our incredible staff team, and help to coordinate parish projects, events, and long-term vision.

Renée Gallagher

My name is Renée and I’ve been a parishioner at St. Mary’s since I was a teenager. I currently am a stay-at-home mom of three boys, but previously worked as a volunteer coordinator, and before that, an elementary teacher. I am excited to help build and foster a community life for our parish families. Our Church is our home, and I hope it can be a place where family life can be supported and nurtured in Christ. 

Fr. Ken Lao, CC

On August 15, 2008, I joined the Companions of the Cross in Ottawa. I was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 2015 and I spent my first two years as Associate Pastor at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Toronto. I was then assigned to be the Pastoral Administrator at Holy Trinity Pastoral Unity in Halifax, NS in 2017, before receiving my present assignment as Associate Pastor here at St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa.

Fr. Mark Goring, CC

When I was first ordained, I was the associate pastor at St. Mary’s for 4 years. It’s nice to be back! I’ve also worked as the Companions of the Cross Vocations Direction, Chaplain at York University in Toronto and Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, Texas