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Fr. Iqbal Khurshid

Fr. Iqbal Khurshid

Pastor

Fr. Iqbal Khurshid, Biography

I am 7th in the family of 11 brothers and sisters, born on May 6th, 1976 in a village (Punjab, Pakistan)of over 20 thousand people with only 20 Christian families. My parents are still enjoying the earthly life by the grace of God. As a kid I have studied in boarding hostels up to grade 10. After that, I joined St. Thomas the Apostle minor seminary, Faisalabad in 1992(known for textile industry) for 4 years. I completed my philosophy studies from St. Francis Xavier major seminary, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan for 3 years. I then was sent to Christ the King major seminary, Karachi, Sindh (which is on Arabian Sea) to study Theology for 4 years. In 2004 I completed my seminary formation for 11 years however while I was in the final year of my theological studies my bishop (who is Cardinal now) gave me to the new diocese which is in the South of Pakistan (Balochistan). I was ordained to the priesthood on December 10th, 2004. I was interested in being a missionary to learn about other cultures, I requested to leave the diocese and with the help of an Oblate Priest (OMI) who has worked in the Diocese of Calgary with the native communities, I landed in Canada August 2011. I worked for one year in Holy Spirit Parish, Calgary, 1 yr. in the NWT to help the Diocese of McKenzie-Fort Smith. And back to Calgary, St. Michael’s Catholic Community for 3 yrs. and then to St. Albert the Great Parish, to serve for 2 yrs. And now Holy Family Parish, my 5th move in 7 years. I believe in the saying of Jesus “say we are unworthy servants and we only did what we were supposed to do” and that has strengthened me in priesthood to do any and everything with commitment and sincerity of heart.

God has blessed me with many gifts such as photography, cooking, calligraphy, painting, sewing, needlework and many others. Lastly English is my 6th Language.

I would love to work together to make Holy Family Parish a family of love, care and support remembering the words of St. Paul “ But we have this treasure in the clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Blessings… Fr. Iqbal

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 102

email: pastor@holyfamilymh.ca

Fr. Rodel Abanto

Fr. Rodel Abanto

Associate Pastor

Fr. Rodel Abanto, Biography

I am the 9th in a family of eight brothers and three sisters. I was born October 17, 1963 in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte in Bicol Region- Region V, Philippines. Both of my parents & 3 brothers have passed away. We are eight remaining siblings. Our eldest sister is a Retired Religious Sister. Among the brothers, my youngest brother is also a priest who is the Associate Pastor in St. Peter’s Church in Calgary.

The priesthood was my childhood dream. When I was a kid my parents would always take me to church together with other siblings. Every time I looked at the priest, I always said to myself, “I will become like him someday.”

I entered the Seminary after my high school and I was admitted in Christ the King Mission Seminary, a religious missionary congregation, Societas Verbi divini (SVD) known as Divine Word Missionaries. I was ordained as a Religious Missionary Priest, December 7, 1991 together with my 12 classmate-priests. I was sent to my first mission assignment in the Northern part of the Philippines, coastal towns and then to mountain parishes. I would hike going to the different communities crossing the same river many times and really there is was fulfillment in doing this mission. After 24 years as a missionary priest, I applied here in the Diocese of Calgary and was assigned in St. Luke’s Parish for two years and then was transferred to Ascension Parish for three years.

Now, my new mission is given to me to serve as Associate Pastor of Holy Family Parish here in Medicine Hat. I will do my very best with God’s grace and the love and the acceptance of the parishioners to continue the mission of Christ in proclaiming the gospel. Christ’s mission is my mission.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthen me.” Philippians 4:13

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 103

email: assoc.pastor@holyfamilymh.ca


Rev. Mr. Robert Risling

Rev. Mr. Robert Risling

Deacon

Rev. Mr. Robert Risling, Biography

I have been serving the Catholic community of Medicine Hat in various ministries for the last 27 years – 17 of those as a Permanent Deacon. Presently my parish ministries consist of baptismal preparation, (pastoral care) ministry to the aged, funeral ministry, men’s ministry (TMIY), and preaching. Outside of the parish I am serving as a trustee for the Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education and have been employed with Good Year in Medicine Hat for over 34 years. My wife Helena and I have been married since 1990 and have four children; Amelia, Derrick, Isaac, Isabella and one Grandchild Olivia. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, serving the people of God, reading, woodworking and spending time outdoors.

January 2019

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 107

email: Robert.Risling@calgarydiocese.ca


Bishop William McGrattan

Bishop William McGrattan

Bishop

Bishop William McGrattan, Calgary

Phone: 1-403-218-5500

email: communications@calgarydiocese.ca


Teresa Studer

Teresa Studer

Office Administrator

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 101

Email: contact@holyfamilymh.ca

Ria Welbourne

Ria Welbourne

Administrator

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 104

Email: finance@holyfamilymh.ca

Sally Myers

Sally Myers

Sacramental Prep Coordinator

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 105

Email: sac.prep@holyfamilymh.ca

Kent Friedt

Kent Friedt

Maintenance Coordinator

Phone: 403-527-6933 ext 108

Email: caretaker@holyfamilymh.ca