I was born in 1973 in Sonnino, a charming medieval town situated 80 km south of Rome, Italy. After serving in the army as a paratrooper, I followed my calling and entered the Seminary at the age of 23.
I pursued my degrees in Philosophy and Theology at the prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Later, I obtained a Master's degree in Communication from the Pontifical Lateran University, also in Rome. On December 3, 2005, I was ordained as a priest.
My journey as a priest began at the Parish of the Body and Blood of Christ in Rome. There, I learned valuable lessons about parish ministry. In 2009, I was sent to Albano Laziale, Italy, to serve as the Director of Formation for candidates seeking to become priests. I remained in that role until 2011.
Throughout my ministry, I've had the privilege of experiencing different cultures and serving in various parts of the world. I had the opportunity to undertake missionary work in Tanzania, Brazil, and Kosovo during the war. These experiences enriched my perspective and deepened my commitment to serving God.
In April 2011, I moved to Canada and became the Associate Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo's Parish in Toronto. Afterward, in 2014, I was assigned to St. Roch's Parish in Toronto. During my time there, I had the honour of being appointed as the Editorial Director of Radio Maria Canada, where I served for three years in English and Italian broadcasts.
In 2019, I was elected to the General Council of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and named General Procurator. As part of this role, I spent some time in Rome before returning to Canada in July 2020. Upon my return, I was appointed as the Associate Pastor of St. Roch's Parish in Toronto until December 2021.
Starting in January 2022, I expressed my desire to join the Archdioceses of Toronto and was assigned as the Administrator of St. Patrick's Parish in Brampton in February. Finally, on June 29, 2022, I began my new ministry as the Pastor of St. Norbert's Parish in North York. I feel incredibly honoured to serve this community and will continue to do so until God calls me to the next chapter of my journey.
In my daily prayers, I seek God's will to be done in my life and in the lives of all the people I encounter along my faith journey. I am deeply grateful for the support and collaboration of all my parishioners.
Fr. Augusto Menichelli