Pastoral Advisory Council

The Pastoral Advisory Council (PAC) meets with Fr. Peter 4 times during the period of September to June to provide advice, suggestions, support and to discuss matters related to our Catholic community at the Newman Centre.

You are more than welcome to speak with any of the members should you have a concern, suggestion, compliment or an idea that you would like to have placed on the agenda for a future meeting. Feel free to e-mail your comments, questions or suggestions to
Click the link at the bottom of the page to see the PAC Constitution (revised August, 2015).

PAC Members:



FR. PETER TURRONE, Pastor and Executive Director



Chair, Member (elected parishioner)

Hello my name is Johan Demeester and I was born and raised in Belgium.  I attended middle and high school at a Catholic boarding school in Ghent run by The Christian Brothers, which    prepared me to go the University of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Antwerp where I obtained an MBA in 1969. I married and came to Canada the same year. I worked for several   corporations in different positions on different continents. Now I am retired and sit on different corporate boards where I use and share my business experience. I have been a Newman Centre parishioner since 1980 and witnessed changes and growth in different areas. I look forward to be part of the Parish Advisory Council where I think I can be a constructive contributor.


Member (elected parishioner)

My name is Diane Lauziere. I hail from the Eastern Townships in Quebec and have lived in Toronto for 30 years.  I have been part of the Newman Community for 22 years. I have been part of the Choir for 15 years.  As well, I have been a Eucharistic Minister and served on the Coffee Ministry for 10 years. I have degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Pedagogy. I just completed 25 years of service for the Toronto District School Board and public education. I am also a member of the Third Dominican Order, the Dominican Laity. I find my joy to be at service to the church and I have found much fulfillment being at service to you in many ways.


Member, Newman Young Adult Ministry Representative

My name is Brianna Papia and have been part of the Newman Centre community since I was a student at the University of Toronto in 2010. I will be representing the Newman Young Adult Ministry on the 2015-2016 Pastoral Advisory Council. I am currently in my third year of teaching elementary school music in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. I have grown in many ways through my involvement at Newman and I look forward to serving this community on PAC.




Member, Newman Catholic Students' Club Representative

Greetings, fellow Newmanites! My name is Damian Chechlacz and I am a second year U of T student studying Kinesiology. I was a Student Campus Minister last year and this year i am your Sports & Social Executive for the Newman Centre Catholic Students Club. I look forward to continuing my mission at the Newman Centre through serving all of you on the Pastoral Advisory Council this year. Feel free to say hello if you see me around Newman.. or you can say "dzień dobry" if you really want to make my vibrant Polish heart leap with joy!




Hello, my name is Lisa Caballero and I am the Residence Coordinator representing the Student Campus Ministers on the 2014-2015 Pastoral Advisory Council. I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree, studying biology and chemistry. Since the Newman Centre has provided me with a place for spiritual growth and fellowship over the past few years, I am excited to give back to the community by serving on PAC. God bless.Member, Student Campus Minister Representative 

Hello, my name is Lisa Caballero and I am the Residence Coordinator representing the Student Campus Ministers on the 2015-2016 Pastoral Advisory Council. Recently, I completed my undergraduate degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. This fall, I am excited to begin the Master of Divinity program at Regis College. I am also excited to have the opportunity to serve a second year as a Student Campus Minister here at the Newman Centre. From the different ministry and mission experiences that I was blessed to be a part of, I have experienced first hand the joy that comes when the faith is intentionally shared with others.  I am excited to give back to the community by serving on PAC. God bless.




Member, (Elected Student)
Hello everyone! My name is Christian Ferraro. My formative years were spent in Collingwood, Ontario where I grew up as the second oldest in a family of eight children. Since high school I have undertaken a Basic Certificate of Christian Humanities at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, a BA (Philosophy) at the University of Guelph and in April (with the Lord’s blessing) I will be graduating from the JD/MBA program through Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. I have some professional experience in marketing as well as in the entertainment, non-profit, financial services and legal sectors. My wife (Athena) and I joined the Newman Centre Community two years ago when she began the Masters of Social Work program at U of T. We had our first child (Lucas) in May of 2015. I am honoured to join the Pastoral Advisory Council and to offer my perspective as both a student and parent.




Member, Liturgical Committee Representative

Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie Privitera Patterson and I have been a part of the Newman Centre community since 2008. I have also just completed my first full year as Lector Coordinator. I am currently in my 10th year of teaching elementary school in the Durham Catholic District School Board where I teach in a school in Ajax. I live in Scarborough and travel to Newman because I love the community we have here, and I have a soft spot for its relationship with U of T, being a graudate of the University both with my BSc, and my MA. (It also helps that I was married at Newman by Fr. Chris in 2012!) This will be my second year on the Pastoral Advisory Council and I look forward to all that it entails. 


Member, Volunteer Screening Committee/Outreach Ministries Representative 

Hi my name is Mary Vachon I have been a member of the Newman Community for 45 years. Professionally I am a nurse with a PhD in sociology. I am in Private Practice as a psychotherapist, specializing particularly in helping people facing cancer, bereavement and other life crises. I have academic appointments as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor at Dalla School of Public Health and I am a Clinical Consultant at Wellspring.  I am married and a mother of two children. Through a life-threatening cancer experience I had many years ago I came to a new sense of spirituality which is integrated into my professional and personal life.







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