Cornelius (Con) O’Mahony grew up in Ireland and in 1982 he immigrated to Canada as a newly ordained priest for service in the Diocese of Hamilton. He has served in Parishes in Georgetown, Hamilton, Kitchener and Waterloo before his appointment to St. Andrew’s Parish, Oakville in June 2015. In November 2010, he was appointed Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Hamilton by Bishop Douglas Crosby.
Con has taught courses in Religious Education and Faith and Culture at St. Michael’s College, Brock University and St. Paul’s University and for twenty five years, with the OECTA religious education formation program for teachers in many parts of Ontario. He served on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Religious Education and was a resource person for the Born in the Spirit Series of Catechetical Resources. For five years he participated in a research and study project on faith formation for teachers with participants from New Zealand, England, Australia and Canada that concluded with a month long residency at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia in September 2007. Con has written extensively on faith and culture and was an editorial advisor and regular book reviewer for Celebrate, a Canadian magazine for persons involved in liturgy and pastoral ministry.
An essay by him on the Parish in a Culture of Change won awards in Canada and the United States in the spring of 2010. He is the co-author of "Life is Changed Not Ended” which was initially published in Canada in 2005 and republished in 2015. He is a member of the Board of Governors for St. Jerome’s University and has had a long association with interfaith initiatives that bring people together in dialogue and to respond to community needs.
His interest in travel has taken him to many parts of the world including a journey from Lhasa in Tibet and over the Himalayas to Kathmandu, Nepal and down the Mekong River through Laos and Cambodia. In his spare time, Con likes to cook, world literature and is a supporter of new music and theatre.
Rev. Richard Tan, Deacon
Richard Tan was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the eldest of six children. Richard and his wife Marie moved to Canada in 1988. Here, in Oakville, he and his wife raised their daughter, Melissa, and the family became active in St. Andrew Church. Aside from working full-time, he taught in the Religious Education Program, the Prayer group and became involved with the various ministries at St. Andrew Church.
Richard and family enjoy distributing Tim Horton’s gift certificates to the homeless in the downtown core of Toronto. While walking the streets of Toronto one day, it struck him that how much more they, the homeless, must ache in body and soul, cold and hungry, looking for a home, food and health. They all feel so unwanted, unloved,
uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone. He knew then his call: to embrace Jesus' Love, to be that love for his people, the sick, and the homeless.
After many prayers and reflection, and with the blessing of his wife Marie, his formation journey began in September 2004. It takes a big commitment to become a deacon, involving four years of formation. There were the classes, studying, reading and papers. Richard said it took him some work to get into the groove as it had been a few years since he had been in school.
Fortunately he has had a lot of support. His wife was there for him along the way and even set up an office in their spare room so that he could study, read, and pray. His daughter would listen to Richard brainstorm his ideas and help proof-read his papers. His pastor, the resident priests and many friends have supported his calling from the very beginning, and have been there for him along the way and gently guiding him.
Despite all of this he feels that his four years of formation have been a "most wonderful experience". He found the courses he has had taken to be outstanding and wishes more people could take them. And the new friendships he has made with his fellow deacon candidates have been particularly rewarding.
Richard was ordained as a Permanent Deacon on June 14th, 2008 by Bishop G. Bergie at Christ our King Cathedral, Diocese of Hamilton, and subsequently appointed to serve at St. Andrew Parish in Oakville. In addition to his Diaconal Ministry in St. Andrew, he performs Hospital Ministry at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and the Trillium Health Centre in
Rev. Samuel Landman, Deacon
Deacon Samuel, his wife, Margie, and their children, Simon and Erin, joined St. Andrew parish in late-1989, soon after emigrating from South Africa. Deacon Samuel has been a Minister of the Word at St. Andrew for 15 years, and an extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for the past decade. Margie has been an extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist since 2009.
Deacon Samuel was a member of the Diaconate Formation Program at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario from 2008 to 2012, and was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Bishop Crosby in Hamilton on 2 June 2012. He was assigned to his home parish of St. Andrew.
Deacon Samuel has ministered to residents at retirement residences in Oakville including Churchill Place, Kensington Place, Trafalgar Lodge and Sunrise, and to residents at long-term care facilities including Wyndham Manor in Oakville and Sheridan Villa in Mississauga. He has also ministered to the sick at the Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital, the terminally ill at Ian Anderson House in Oakville, and to "shut-in” parishioners who are unable to share in the Mass at the Church.
Deacon Samuel and Margie will be developing a ministry working with married couples in the Hamilton Diocese to help those couples to maintain a Christo-centric marriage within their lives.
Deacon Samuel is a Chartered Accountant (Canada and South Africa) and holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees. He was previously an Investment Banker with a major Canadian bank and has worked as the CFO of a US-controlled, Canadian industrial group. He established his own corporate finance consulting company in 2001.
Deacon Samuel and Margie reside in Oakville currently. Their children are undertaking post-graduate studies in Canada and abroad.