Fr. Morgan V. Rice, CSB
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.
John Paul Farahat
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 historic 1919 Casavant Frères organ (opus 800) 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.
Active as an international concert organist, John Paul’s notable past engagements include Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, UK, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, as well as the ORGANIX festival and the Cathedral Church of Saint James in Toronto, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo.
John Paul Farahat is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree from the University of Toronto 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. John Paul is an alumnus of Saint Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, and a former chorister of Saint Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.
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.