Parish Staff


Father Vernon Boyd, S.J.


Father Vernon BoydOur new Pastor, Fr. Vernon P. Boyd, S.J., was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at St. Paul’s College, a Jesuit College affiliated with the University of Manitoba, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Guelph, Ontario in 1976. He was ordained in 1986. He was then missioned to teach in Jesuit high schools administered by the Jesuit Canadian Province. He has taught at Loyola High School in Montreal, Gonzaga High School and St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Fr. Boyd has served in a number of capacities and roles as a Jesuit priest. He was appointed Superior to the Jesuit Community in St. John’s and appointed President and Principal of St. Bonaventure’s College. He served as a Consultor for many years to the Jesuit Provincial of the Jesuits in English Canada. Prior to his appointment to Holy Rosary, Fr. Boyd was the Administrator of Good Shepherd Parish in Ottawa since 2008. Further apostolic works over the years have included, prison ministry, hospital ministry, and youth ministry. He has also worked in the Canadian Jesuit mission in Jamaica.

Father Roger Yaworski, S.J.
In Residence

Father RogerFather Roger grew up in small towns in Saskatchewan. He attended Campion College in Regina, Saskatchewan for his high schooling, boarding there from 1956 to 1960. His vocation brought him to Guelph to do his noviciate and juniorate immediately after completing high school. In 1964, he studied philosophy in Spokane, Washington, USA and then moved back to Campion College to teach along with Fr. Bernie Carroll. Two years later he attended Regis College at the University of Toronto for theology studies. He was ordained in 1971.

Another stint at Campion College was followed by four years of graduate studies in Berkeley, California, USA, in religion and personality sciences. He was Novice Director in Guelph from 1978 to 1983. He continued to work for the Order as Fundraiser, Formation Director, Local Superior and Assistant to the Provincial. He has just finished three years working as a chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

He comes to Guelph now for the third time, saying each time it gets better. He will divide his time between Holy Rosary Parish and Loyola House.

Wendy Obbema
Lay Pastoral Associate

Wendy ObbemaWendy’s call and desire is to serve Christ working in youth ministry. She has nine years experience working as a teacher, training & recruitment administrator, and educational consultant, for Residential Child and Youth Care Services. Wendy has volunteered in the Young offenders unit, Christian youth drop-in centre and various youth advisory committees.

Wendy has an Honours Graduate Insurance Administration Diploma from Mohawk, College, Hamilton. She developed her leadership and risk management skills as a senior commercial underwriter for eleven years.
Committed to youth, Wendy is currently completing her Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies with St. Peter’s Institute for Catholic Formation.

Wendy’s is excited to bring her passion and experience to the parish in her role as elementary and youth ministry coordinator.

Stephen Roloson
Choir Master

Stephen comes to Holy Rosary with 15 years of choral experience. He has a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Performance and a Bachelor of Education from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario where he grew up. He became part of the family of Holy Rosary through his joining the RCIA program. From the moment he set foot in the church, he knew he wanted to be a part of the music ministry; at the time he didn’t know he would soon be Choir Master! He is also the proud husband and father of a beautiful growing family.

Stephen is looking forward to continuing the growth of the ministry, looking to the future, always welcoming new members for both the main choir and The Praise Team. Stephen is truly blessed to be a part of sharing the message of God through the music ministry and looks forward to many more years of creating wonderful music, increasing the worship of the parish through music with our members, our instrumentalists and the pastoral staff of Holy Rosary.

Bartosz Hadala

Marina Baker
Administrative Assistant

Marina grew up in Guelph and has family who are members of our Parish. Marina came to us with excellent experience in administration, most recently as casual for the Wellington Catholic District School Board. Marina has brought her own brand of efficiency to bear in the office and is a tremendous help to all staff and parishioners.




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