Pastoral Team

We are blessed to have a team of very dedicated persons working to ensure our Parish runs efficiently

Father Joseph Vadassery, Pastor

Father Joseph was born in a village named Kormala, Kerala, India. He is the oldest and blessed with two brothers and one sister. He had his theological studies at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, India and was ordained for the Diocese of Berhampur, Orissa on May 1,1997.


After arriving in Canada in 2005 he has been assigned as the associate pastor at St. Joseph’s Basilica. In 2006 he was appointed pastor at St. Maria Goretti in Devon with the attached parishes of St. Margaret Mary in Calmar and Our Lady of Victory in Thorsby. He replaced Rev. Bernard Gilliece SDB at St. Dominic Savio Parish in Edmonton in 2010. Father Joseph is now incardinated into the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. 


When the newly built Catholic Parish of Corpus Christi was almost in completion, Fr. Joseph was appointed as the Pastor in 2015. We began the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday January 31,2016 and His Grace Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton dedicated the church on March 19,2016.


We are a family coming together to pray, praise and worship our God and live our lives in friendship and fellowship.

Lord, I have come to do your will and I see this is being fulfilled in my priestly ministry.


Father Jossy George Thomas, Associate Pastor

Father Jossy George Thomas is a Priest in the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. 


He was born in Pathanamthiitta, Kerala, India on 13thFebruary 1984. He is blessed with one elder brother and one younger sister. 


He had his seminary studies at St. Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary, Nalanchira, Trivandrum and was ordained for the Diocese of Pathanmathitta on April 6, 2010. 


After arriving in Canada in 2017 he has been assigned as the associate Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish. 


As the newly assigned Associate Pastor of The Catholic Parish of Corpus Christi from 16thAugust 2018, Father Jossy also retains his assignment of the shepherding of the members of St. Mary’s Syro Malankara Catholic Church, Edmonton.   

Sister Delia Rubio, RVM, Pastoral Associate

Our Parish is very fortunate to have had Sister Delia Rubio assigned to our service. 

 

Sister Delia’s home is in Cebu, Central Visayas in the Philippines. She is the fourth of seven children, and was one of the “Moderators” in her family, a role she still enjoys today. 

 

Sister Delia studied and received her BSc in Education, with Religious Education as her major from San Isidro College, in the Philippines. She then received her Masters in Communication, with a focus on Pastoral Communication from Ateneo de Manila University, in Quezon City, Philippines, which is run by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus).

 

Sister took her 1st Vows as a member of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, in Quezon City, Phillippines, where the RVM Mother House is located.

 

Sister Delia began her Religious missions in the Philippines as a teacher/catechist, which she defines as “the heart of her mission”.  She has served as missionary to Islamabad, Pakistan, where she was the Principal of a Missionary school. She taught in St. Mary’s Catholic College in Quezon City and is now in Canada. 

 

In 2016, Sister was assigned to The Catholic Parish of Corpus Christi, where she is the Sacramental Preparation Coordinator.

 

Sister loves Jesus, music and the children, and armed with her guitar, her welcoming smile and a song in her heart, she is becoming a Spiritual Leader for the very young, and not so young, parishioners in our Church Family.

 

Welcome Sister Delia!

Deacon Gem Mella

Migrating to Canada in 1993 from the Philippines, Deacon Gem and family have since lived in Southeast Edmonton and have been active volunteer-ministers of St Theresa’s parish. Among the ministries he is involved with are: sound ministry, adult server, extra-ordinary minister of Holy Communion, commentator and he is likewise involved in various committees – Society of St Vincent De Paul (SSVP), Spiritual Care at Grey Nuns, Stewardship, liturgy and fundraising for the building of Corpus Christi.


Deacon Gem truly believes that “we are all called with our unique God-given talents; and we must be true and faithful to our Christian vocation”. Deacon Gem

further explains that ‘we are all called to build a community of disciples of Jesus Christ in this modern era, living with one heart and mind intent upon God. We are all called to share the love of Christ and be a witness to others.


Deacon Gem was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in May 2014, for the Archdiocese of Edmonton and initially serving St Theresa’s Parish, believes that he has come to what he describes as ‘full circle’ in his professional years. He started as an IT consultant—setting up and fixing computer systems to fitness consultant-- promoting health and physical wellness. Now, as a permanent deacon and as a servant of the Church, Deacon Gem believes that he is called by God foremost to serve the community, the people of God to the ministry of charity.


Deacon Gem is married, with two adult children and four grand-children.