About Our Parish

Reverend Paul Kavanagh

Biography

Fr. Paul Kavanagh was born on October 14, 1973, on Bell Island, Newfoundland.  At three years old, he moved with his parents to Sherwood Park, Alberta.  He attended Elk Island Catholic Schools, graduating from Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in 1991.  He is the eldest of two sons.

When Fr. Paul was in Grade Five he first sensed a vocation to the priesthood.  This was a calling that would remain with him throughout his school years.   After a few years of prayer and work following graduation, and with the support of his parish priest, he began his seminary formation with the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton by entering the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, in 1993.  He completed his philosophical studies, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Seminary of Christ the King in 1997.  He then transferred to St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College in Edmonton where he completed his theological studies.   Fr. Kavanagh attended summer school at The Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Illinois, to complete a Master of Arts in Liturgy.

Fr. Kavanagh was ordained a priest on May 22, 2002.  Since then he has served as a Pastor in a number of parishes, both rural and urban.  In August 2013 he was appointed the Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Edmonton where he is currently based.

In 2008 Fr. Kavanagh became the Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese.  He works at the Pastoral and Administration Office part-time

As the Pontifical Master of Ceremonies for the Archdiocese, Fr. Kavanagh works closely with  Archbishop Richard Smith and Bishop Gregory Bittman when coordinating special liturgical celebrations.  He travels frequently in this role – giving him the opportunity to visit every Catholic Church in the Archdiocese over the past 15 years. 

Parish History

The first mass at St John the Evangelist Parish was celebrated on August 2, 1942 in the old Melton barn located at 144 street and Stony Plain Road. In 1943, a new church was transported from Boyle, Alberta, which was intended to be the permanent church. That is until a population boom in the area warranted a larger building to accommodate the growing congregation. A new site was chosen on 148 street and 98 avenue. The present church was built in 1956 and officially consecrated on October 20, 1957 by Archbishop MacDonald.

Once again changes came to our parish in 2003, when St. John the Evangelist and Holy Spirit parishes were officially united. This meant the parish priest was called to serve both churches. The closing Mass of Holy Spirit Parish was celebrated on October 10, 2010 and the congregations is now amalgamated as one family in Christian fellowship.