Fr. Adam Lech, Pastor
I, Fr. Adam Jozef Lech, was born in Poland. I was ordained a priest on May 21, 1977 and invited by Archbishop Joseph MacNeil to Edmonton. I arrived in Edmonton on June 21, 1995 and have served in various parishes in our Archdiocese. I was appointed the Chancellor of the Archdiocese by Archbishop Richard Smith in the year 2012. I was appointed pastor of Holy Family on January 4, 2021 and will continue to serve part-time as Chancellor.
Fr. Mathewkutty Kunnel CMI, Associate Pastor
I, Fr. Mathewkutty Kunnel CMI, belong to the Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur Chattisgargh of the religious congregation Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). I was born on February 11, 1963 at Poonjar, Kerala, India. I joined the religious congregation in 1979 and was ordained a priest on December 27, 1992. After my ordination, I worked in the capacity of a principal in four different schools for 25 years. Along with the duty of the principal I was also working as a parish priest in some of the surrounding parishes. I served the Catholic Diocese of Jagdalpur as the seretary for education for seven years. I was also the seretary for education of Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur for six years. I reached Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on March 17, 2020. I served as Catholic chaplain at the Univsersity of Alberta Hospital for the last six months of 2020.
Joanne Willette, Business Manager
Our family moved to St. Albert in 1999. We felt so welcomed from the first time we attended Mass at Holy Family. I have two daughters, Sarah and Emily, and was widowed in 2009 when my husband, Peter, passed away from Leukemia.
Since joining the parish, I have taught marriage preparation, was a guitarist for the Alleluia Children’s choir and I am currently a lector, Eucharistic Minister and CWL member.
I earned a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the U of A in Biological Sciences and Mathematics in 1988. After teaching in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, I ‘retired’ to be at home to raise our girls.
I joined the Pastoral Team in October 2011 and feel blessed to work for such a holy and vibrant parish!
Marieta Paul, Pastoral Assistant
I grew up on a farm near Riviere Qui Barre, Alberta. I obtained a CREDO Diploma from Gonzaga Jesuit University in Spokane, Washington in 1976, a Bachelor of Theology With Distinction (B.Th.) from Newman Theological College in 1979, and a Masters of Theological Studies With Distinction (M.T.S.), again from NTC, in 2014.
Douglas Paul and I were married in 1979 and we have four children, all grown and married now, and we have seven grandchildren (so far!).
Douglas and I have belonged to Holy Family Parish since 1983. I very much enjoyed being at home with our children when they were young, and Douglas and I volunteered with many different ministries in the Archdiocese of Edmonton and in Holy Family Parish during those years.
I have been on staff at Holy Family Parish as the Pastoral Associate since 1991, and the opportunity to use here the talents and experience with which I’ve been blessed is a privilege and a joy. I am currently responsible to Fr. Jozef for the ministries of RCIA, Sacrament Preparation (Baptism, First Reconciliation & First Eucharist, and Confirmation), and Music Ministry. I also work in Spiritual Care for Covenant Health at Youville Home in St. Albert.
Heather McKinnon, Volunteer Coordinator
I was born and raised in Edmonton. I moved to St. Albert in 1981.
I am married with 4 lovely children and 10 grandchildren whom I love and adore immensely and are very near and dear to my heart.
I joined the Pastoral Team at Holy Family Parish as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2017. I have volunteered in the Parish as a Lector and Usher in the past and I am currently the Point of Entry Ministry Leader.
Samantha Beier, Administrative Assistant - Bulletin
I moved to St. Albert in 2000, and as the years progressed I became very involved in the youth ministry program through attending and eventually volunteering. In 2008 I became youth minister at HFP. After getting married in fall 2008 my husband and I have brought 6 children into our family. With the family I enjoy the smaller role in the parish working with the bulletin. Although my family has moved away from St. Albert, Holy Family always has a special place in our hearts.