Parish Staff

Fr. Morgan V. Rice, CSB

Fr. Morgan V. Rice, CSB

Pastor

Fr. Morgan comes to St. Basil’s after having served as Associate Pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Rochester, New York, for eight years. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Fr. Morgan studied mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia and later worked for six years in the engineering field in Houston, Texas. It was there that he met the Basilian Fathers at St. Anne Parish and began to discern seriously the priesthood and religious life, around the same time that Fr. Chris Valka was doing so. The first Basilian he met there was Fr. Tom Mailloux who was pastor at St. Basil’s in the 1990s and the first Basilian pastor at the parish in Rochester.

Fr. Morgan is no stranger to Toronto since he spent four years studying in the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College. After completing his Master of Divinity degree, Fr. Morgan moved to Rochester but was ordained to the priesthood in his home parish in Texas on November 21, 2009. Fr. Morgan is excited about being back in Toronto where he hopes to explore the many good things it offers while serving and getting to know the people of St. Basil’s.

Fr. Norm Tanck, CSB

Fr. Norm Tanck, CSB

Associate Pastor

Fr. Norm Tanck, CSB entered the Basilian Novitiate in August 1967 after graduating from St. John Fisher College in his hometown of Rochester, New York, and he was ordained a priest in April 1974. He taught in Basilian high schools, was Director of Campus Ministry in Rochester and here at St. Michael’s College, and Dean of Student Life at St. John Fisher College. After serving eight years on the General Council of the Basilian Fathers, Fr. Norm was appointed pastor of Christ the King Parish in Rochester which was later merged with four other parishes to form St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, the largest parish in the diocese and where Fr. Morgan Rice, ministered before coming to St. Basil’s.

Besides being appointed Associate Pastor at St. Basil’s, he is Director of Associates, the young men who are beginning their formation as Basilians, and the Ordained Coordinator of the Toronto Area Basilian Lay Associates. Fr. Norm is looking forward to working with Fr. Morgan and getting to know the St. Basil community better.

Margaret D’Elia

Margaret D’Elia

Office Manager

Margaret began working at St. Basil’s Church as an Office Manager in October of 2015. She joined St. Basil’s as a retired Teacher with over 25 years experience as the Head of Special Education and Behaviour Consultant. Prior to teaching, Margaret earned her Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology, and specialist certificates in both Religious and Special Education.

Margaret’s commitment to serving her community and helping others has always been at the forefront. She has (and continues to) volunteer for various local non-profit organizations such as The Toronto Botanical Gardens, L’Altra Italia (an organization that supports Italian arts and culture), Flower Ministry at St. Basil’s Church and ONEXONE. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Michael Pirri

Michael Pirri

Director of Community Engagement

Michael Pirri joined St. Basil’s in 2017 as the Director of Community Engagement. He organizes and arranges various forms of internal and external meetings, conferences, banquets and many more events. He oversees volunteer management for the Parish.

He graduated from King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario in 2013 with a Business Management degree.

In his spare time, Michael dedicates himself to work in liturgical music and the organ. He is the Chair of the Toronto chapter of the Royal School of Church Music Canada, and has served on the nationwide Executive Board of the same institution since 2012.

Marilena Berardinelli

Marilena Berardinelli

Director of Family Ministries

While on an extended maternity leave from her teaching position for the TCDSB, Marilena Berardinelli coordinates the Family Ministry Program at St. Basil’s Catholic Parish.

She brings to parish ministry her vast experience as a teacher of religious education, chaplaincy team leader and consultant for OECTA’s religious education additional qualifications courses. Her area of expertise is in the area of writing religious education curriculum for school boards, parishes and other Catholic organizations.

Originally from Montreal (Quebec), Marilena has a vast pastoral experience of the Canadian church. In 2003 she moved to Toronto where she earned her Master’s of Religious Education from St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology. She has since worked in various school and parish settings and has written and successfully coordinated various catechetical and sacramental programs.

Marilena is a third order Salesian (also known as Salesian Cooperators). Her dedication to evangelize in Don Bosco’s spirit of “reason, religion and loving-kindness” is at the heart of her vocation. She brings this enthusiasm and commitment to St. Basil’s in her ministry with engaged couples and young families.

Marilena has been married for almost ten years and has three children.

John Paul Farahat

John Paul Farahat

Director of Music & Principal Organist

John Paul Farahat fosters a diverse career as organist, accompanist, and conductor. He holds the post of Director of Music and Principal Organist of Saint Basil’s Catholic Parish, the collegiate church of the University of Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, where he oversees the Casavant Frères organ (opus 800/2578) as well as the parish’s various music initiatives. Before coming to Saint Basil’s, John Paul served as Organ Scholar at the Anglican Church of Saint Clement, Toronto.

Active as an international concert organist, John Paul‘s notable past engagements include Notre-Dame Cathedral and St-Eustache in Paris, the International Organ Festival Toulouse Les Orgues, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, UK, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, as well as the ORGANIX festival, Saint Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, and the Cathedral Church of Saint James in Toronto, and the Cathedral of Saint Hyacinthe in Québec. Upcoming concert engagements include Yorkminster Park Baptist Church and Saint Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto as well as Coventry Cathedral, UK.

John Paul is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree at the University of Toronto. He is researching the life and improvisations of Victor Togni (1935 – 1965) in the organ studio of Kevin Komisaruk, with whom he has also studied harpsichord and improvisation. He has received direct masterclass instruction from Peter Williams, Olivier Latry, Thomas Murray, Noam Sivan, and Martin Haselböck. He is an alumnus of Saint Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, and a former chorister of Saint Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.