Fr. Jimmy Zammit, O.F.M – Pastor
Fr Jimmy Zammit, OFM, was born at Toronto Western Hospital on August 11, 1955. He attended St Cecilia Elementary School and St Michael College School for high school here in Toronto.
In 1973 he began his Franciscan novitiate in Gozo , Malta and following novitiate his preparation for the priesthood included studies in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Troy NY , St John Seminary College in Brighton MA and INSERM in Malta . He was ordained in St Anthony Church in Gozo on June 13, 1981. His first assignment was to his home parish in Toronto of St Paul the Apostle (1981 – 1990) where he was associate, then administrator and finally pastor. During this time in Toronto he completed a Master of Theology degree focusing on pastoral counseling at St Michael’s College TST. Following Toronto Fr Jimmy completed an MA programme at IREPM Boston College in Adult Ministry and Spirituality. From 1992 – 1995 he was director of Porziuncola Retreat House in Malta . In 1995 he was assigned to London, England where he carried out team ministry to the Maltese Patients in the various hospitals of Greater London from 1995 – 1997 . From 1997 – 2003 he served in the administration of the Franciscan Order in the Rome headquarters. From 2003 until 2012 he was pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Toronto . His appointment as pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish took effect on June 27, 2012.
Fr. Albert Micallef, O.F.M – Associate Pastor
Fr. Albert Micallef, O.F.M. was born in Rabat, Malta on August 24,1950. He attended St. Albert the Great College in Valletta, Malta. In 1966 he began his Franciscan Novitiate in Gozo, Malta and upon completion started his studies at Scotus College in Rabat, Malta and continued theology studies in Jerusalem at the International Seminary at the monastery of Saint Saviour.
On July 3, 1976 he was ordained in St. Paul’s Collegiate church in Rabat, Malta and was assigned to the Franciscan Friary in Rabat, Malta. From there, he was transferred to the Valletta Friary where he served as Superior to the community and commissary for the Holy Lent and visited Toronto in 1980 to preach the Lenten mission to the Maltese community at St. Paul the Apostle parish. He later returned to Canada and served as Associate Pastor at Holy Martyr’s of Japan in Bradford, Ontario and then at St. Paul the Apostle Parish for 4 years.
Fr. Albert returned to Sliema, Malta as Associate Pastor and then served another 9 year term in Gozo at the Friary – during that time he was called back yearly to Toronto to help at St. Francis of Assisi parish for Lent and the Good Friday procession.
Between 2000 and 2017 he helped as a confessor (with Papal powers to absolve) at St. John’s Lateran in Rome and was then called to serve with the Immaculate Conception Province in Rome in their house of formation for students preparing themselves for ordination.
As of September 15, 2017 Fr. Albert is assigned Associate Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Toronto.
Fr. Conrad Fernandes, O.F.M.
Fr Conrad Fernandes O.F.M. was born in Mumbai, India on the 22nd of November 1984, and spent the first 12 years of his life in the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
In 1997 he migrated with his family to Canada and in 2000 he took the oath of allegiance becoming a Canadian citizen. He attended grade 8 at St. Columba school in Scarborough and after that went to Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough.
He did his Franciscan Novitiate in Boston in 2006 and thereafter did his studies of ordination in Rome finishing in June of 2012. On August 24th 2012 he professed solemn vows in the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan Order).
On April 27, 2012 he was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ and served as Associate Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi until September 1, 2017. On July 1, 2016 he was appointed Vocation Director and continues in this role. He is now in residence at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.