On behalf of Christ the King University Parish and The Office of Campus Ministry, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our website. Mandated by the Bishop of the Diocese of London, our office is responsible for facilitating the parish life of the Roman Catholic community at King’s University College at Western University. Whether you are a first year student or whether you are a returning student, for many people coming to university and stepping away from family and home provides a number of challenges, questions and new possibilities - all of which are to be acknowledged, celebrated and honoured.
It is our sincere hope that as you begin this academic year, that you will also allow yourself to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God and that you will allow us to be part of that on-going exploration.
My name is Michael Bechard. I am a priest of the Diocese of London and Director of the Office of Campus Ministry. In addition to this, I "wear a few other hats" at King's and in the diocese. I love my work at King's and am grateful for my ability to serve at Christ the King University Parish.
In addition to myself, our team is comprised of Annette Donovan Panchaud who is responsible for social outreach and liturgical planning, Janet Loo who oversees music ministry and directs the College’s Chamber Choir, Melissa Page Nichols who is responsible for pastoral counseling, Maija Wilson who ministers to children and youth and Lisa Caeiro who is responsible for administrative and financial matters. We are also grateful for the contributions of Jim Panchaud and Bob Hartman, deacons of our diocese. As I write this letter, both Maija and Lisa are preparing for maternity leave.
We are proud of our Catholic identity and mission and we seek to create an inclusive environment where all people of faith and good will can grow in holiness and in their commitment to peace and justice. We recognize that we are not able to meet everyone's spiritual needs and that everyone's spiritual journey is unique. If we cannot be with you in a way that you need us to, we will strive to put you in contact with someone who can.
In the end, it is our hope that you will grow in relationship with God and that God will be glorified in your life.
Until such time as we meet, know that our prayers are with you.
Yours in His Service,
Director / Office of Campus Ministry