Meet Your Parish Council

The St. Basil’s Parish Council is formed and convened to serve as a consultant resource for the Pastor. Framed by Canon Law and recent tradition, the Parish Council does not have decision-making authority, but rather undertakes study, analysis and reflection to identify the pastoral and practical needs of the parish. By decree of the Archdiocese and as a mandate from Canon Law, the parish must have a Finance Council to specifically “advise the pastor on matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish.” These Councils are “representative” in that they make present “the wisdom of the community” on issues of spiritual and material significance to the parish. In combination with the expertise and experience of council members, this commitment to represent others in the community is to assist the Pastor in fulfilling his responsibilities to the parish “wisely.” (Canon 536:2) “And all who believed were together and had all things in common…” – Acts 2:44

Fr. Morgan Rice, CSB

I arrived at 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, I 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 I 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 I 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. I know Toronto well since I spent four years studying in the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College. After completing my Master of Divinity degree, I moved to Rochester but was ordained to the priesthood in my home parish in Texas on November 21, 2009. I am excited about being back in Toronto where I hope to explore the many good things it offers while serving and getting to know the people of St. Basil’s.

Fr. Morgan Rice, CSBParish Council Chair and Finance Committee
Kimberley Morton

Hello, my name is Kimberley and I am honoured to serve on your Parish Council. When I discovered St Basil’s in 2010, I immediately felt at home. I was called to enter the RCIA program and at the Easter Vigil 2015 I was confirmed as a Catholic. I didn’t realize at the time that this journey of joy would lead me to so many different ministries in the parish: The Miller Group, Out Of The Cold, Magdala Conciliary, Contemplative Women of Saint Anne, and others. All of these ministries have afforded me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people that follow the same path I do and have the desire to love and serve God. My background in creative arts and business development gives me the tools and charisms to be able to serve my parish and community with great joy!

Kimberley MortonParish Council Vice-Chair & Finance Committee
Fr. Norm Tanck, CSB

I have been a professed member of the Basilian Fathers since 1968 and priest since 1974. I taught high school, was a campus minister and a college administrator. I served eight years on the General Council of the Basilian Fathers, then as the pastor of the Basilian parish in Rochester before returning to Toronto to work in vocations and the formation of men for religious life and ordination in the Basilians. I am presently St. Basil’s associate pastor while continuing as Director of Associates, the pre-novitiate stage of Initial Formation, and liaison to the Toronto Basilian Lay Associates. For a Basilian, being assigned to St. Basil’s Parish is a kind of homecoming since this is our first foundation in Canada. It is our “mother church”. I was ordained a deacon in St. Basil’s and worked with the parish when I was St. Michael’s College’s Director of Campus Ministry. It is good to be home.

Fr. Norm Tanck, CSBParish Council
Robert J. (Bob) Gorman

I have been a parishioner of St. Basil’s since 1987, when I moved to my employer’s Toronto head office in a corporate transfer. Initially, I attended St. Basil’s due to its convenient location near my home and have remained a parishioner due to the consistent, high caliber of the Sunday homilies plus the warm, welcoming atmosphere. My professional background is in the financial sector, where I served as chief strategist for one of the major banks, conducting research, developing financial market forecasts and communicating with investors across North America. Now retired, I love to read and travel. I have been a member of St Basil’s Finance Committee and Parish Council for the past three years and am a periodic lector. I typically attend Sunday Mass at 9:00 AM and am happy to chat and address your comments, questions and suggestions.

Robert J. (Bob) GormanParish Council & Finance Committee
Qadira Jackson Kouakou

Hi I’m Qadira Jackson Kouakou. I was introduced to St. Basil’s in 2014, by my husband. With such a warm welcome from parishioners, St. Basil’s quickly became our home. Shortly after becoming parishioners, I participated in the RCIA program with him as his sponsor. He was baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2016 and promptly joined St. Basil’s choir. Shortly after that, my husband and I were married by Fr. Chris at the church in 2016. Since then, we brought a son into this world, and plan to raise him in this loving church. We are so excited for him to participate in the Catechesis of the Good Sheppard Sunday school program here at St. Basil’s. I am currently a lawyer practicing in the area of Real Estate and Wills and Estates and a Councillor with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In my free time I enjoy sewing and fashion design.

Qadira Jackson KouakouParish Council
Nichole Swain

Hi! My name is Nichole and I’ve been a parishioner of St. Basil’s since 2013. From 9-5 you’ll find me drinking coffee and working on global projects in Benefits and Payroll. From 5-9 you’ll find me catching up with friends, volunteering, or diving into a good book. Moving to a major city can be daunting. Thankfully, shortly after arriving in Toronto from Windsor I found St. Basil’s and realized it was my home away from home. The vibrant community and beautiful liturgies had me wanting more. And so, I got in involved! Over the years I have served in several ministries including: RCIA, Magdala Conciliary, liturgical ministries, and of course, parish council. It’s a delight and honour to give back to a community that has invested so much in me over the years.

Nichole SwainParish Council
Lilian Vivas

My name is Lilian and I’ve been a parishioner with my husband Lucas at St Basil’s since June 2013 on the weekend just after our honeymoon. By day, I am a physician resident training at University of Toronto, and by night and on weekends, I enjoy playing with my children. My other hobbies include singing, piano, crafts, fountain pens and journaling. Beautiful liturgy and music are what I love most about St Basil’s and through these, I come closer to God. First a member of the choir, and now a cantor, I continue to serve through the music ministry and on the Parish Council. My family usually attends the 9AM Mass, and you may recognize our three children Agustín, Teresa, and Tomás who enjoy singing loudly in the pews. As a young family, I love that we continue to build closer ties with other parishioners and families so that we can all grow together in our Parish Family.

Lilian VivasParish Council

To contact the Parish Council, email parishcouncil@stbasiltoronto.org