Fr. Maurice Restivo, CSB | Pastor
Father Maurice was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He professed vows in the Basilian Fathers in 1983, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. Since ordination he has served in various capacities in parishes in Texas, in Cali, Colombia, at St. Anne’s in Detroit, and more recently as Pastor at Most Holy Trinity Church in Angleton, Texas. He has a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and has taught at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology in Houston, the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology in Toronto, and St. Joseph’s College in Edmonton. He is also a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams and has served on team in Hebron in the Palestinian Territories. He is passionate about justice issues, good food, and pottery.
Fr. Jim Stenberg, CSB | Associate Pastor
Fr. Jim grew up in Alberta, and met the Basilians at St. Joseph’s College in Edmonton, Alberta while he was a student. He is a convert from nothing in particular, and was baptized at the St. Joseph’s College chapel in 1986. Fr. Jim professed vows in 1996 and was ordained in 2001. Most of his priestly career has been in the University apostolate, particularly in Edmonton and Rochester, New York. His background is in philosophy, he likes fantasy and science fiction, and he has too many books. Fr. Jim comes to Windsor from Toronto, where he was Administrator of Holy Rosary Parish for the last year, following two years as Associate Pastor. Fr. Jim has a younger sister and a niece.
Dcn. Paul Bezaire | Deacon
Ordained in 2013 following five years of formation in the Permanent Diaconate Program at St. Peter’s Seminary, Dcn. Paul was born and raised in Windsor. He was assigned to Assumption Parish prior to his ordination in 2012. He is married to Marlene and has three adult children and two grandchildren. Dcn. Paul is Spiritual Advisor for the West Windsor Particular Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a Home Meeting Facilitator for the Diaconate Program Formation Team at St. Peter’s Seminary. He works with palliative care patients and the bereaved as part of the Spiritual Care Team at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. Dcn. Paul assists at mass, preaches, and presides at baptisms, weddings, funerals, and Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion at Chateau Park Nursing Home. He coordinates Ministers of Communion to the sick, meets with parents seeking baptism for their children, and organizes the FOCCUS pre-marriage program for engaged couples.
Jean Beneteau, B.S.W., M.R.E. | Pastoral Minister
I am happy to be part of the Assumption Parish team, and to tell you a bit about me. I have been married for 30 years to my beloved Paul, with whom I have raised our two wonderful sons Andre and Marcel. Now the family includes Andre’s lovely wife Kristen and their beautiful daughter Lia. (Grandparenting is awesome!) Family, faith and parish life have always been what makes me tick! I have been involved in ministry since my own confirmation. After many years of parish involvement, and receiving a BSW from U of Windsor, I started my career as the Program Coordinator for the House of Shalom Youth Center in Amherstburg, and went on to Big Sisters Association as the west end caseworker for about 6 years. This experience was good preparation for parish ministry. I served as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the community of St. John the Baptist in Amherstburg, Ontario from 1991 to 2012. Also, I was a member of the faculty for the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from 2002-2014, instructing courses in Pastoral Care, and Prayer and Worship with youth. Next I held the position of Youth Ministry Formation Specialist at the Institute for Catholic Formation at St. Peter’s Seminary in London from 2009-2014. While in this position I worked with parishes on the formation and ongoing work of Youth Commissions, and participated in implementing Strong Catholic families, Strong Catholic Youth, among other duties. Since 2014, I have been assisting parishes in various ways with the development of family and youth ministry, facilitation of retreats, and facilitation of the “Called and Gifted, Discernment of Spiritual Gifts and Charisms” program from the Catherine of Sienna Institute. I completed a Masters in Religious Education from Assumption University in 2000 and hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies. My personal passions include family life, church life, reading, music and solitude. I am happy to journey with the people of Assumption Parish as we strive to follow Jesus and respond to his personal call to his mission in the world.
Melissa Pacitti-Fallone | Coordinator of Youth Ministry
I was born and raised in Amherstburg and am the oldest of three children. I am married to Angelo and we have a dog. I attended the University of Windsor and St. Clair College where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree and my Early Childhood Education Diploma. I have worked in several Catholic schools and Early Childhood Education Centers within the Essex-County area. I was an active member of St. John the Baptist Church for many years. However, I have been a member of Our Lady of the Assumption for several years now. I love baking, scrapbooking, dancing and spending time with my family and friends.
I was born and raised on the West end of Windsor. In 1992 I became a Catholic through the RCIA program. In 1994 I attended St. Clair College and received a Health Care Aide Certificate and was employed at various nursing homes until 2009 when my career ended due to a workplace injury. In 2010 I went back to St. Clair College and received an Office Administration Certificate. Sally manages all office operations and is the first person you will hear on the phone or see at the door.
Zeljka Trepanier | Bookkeeper / Parking Lot Manager
Zeljka is the bookkeeper for Assumption Parish. She enjoys gardening and her cats.
Kevin McQuaid Jr. | Properties
Born and raised in Windsor, Kevin has been an active member of Assumption Parish since he was a child. Prior to his employment at the Parish, Kevin served as an altar server and usher. Kevin manages all aspects of property maintenance for all parish buildings and property as well as all multi media platforms including the website, social media and online homilies.
Ammilla Perera | Parking Lot Manager
Ammilla has been with Assumption Parish for over a decade and has held various positions within the Parish. Currently she manages the day to day operations of the parking lot. (Ammilla is currently on Maternity Leave)
Tim McKinley | Caretaker – McEwan Campus
Tim maintains the buildings of the McEwan Campus of Assumption Parish (Holy Name of Mary) Tim is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Meredith McKinley | Rectory Care
Meredith has worked for the Basilian Fathers in Windsor for over ten years. She worked at O’Conner house a retirement home for the Basilians on University Avenue, where she cooked, cleaned and was the main gardener . She is involved in many ministries including Cursillo, and Project Rachel. She currently lives outside of Essex on her little hobby farm with her husband Aaron and her three children .
I am the fifth of seven. Parents born in Windsor/Essex, as were many forebears. I grew up in suburban Toronto, then moved to Windsor for university. Got my Hon B. Comm. Entered the convent soon after. Got my B. Ed and taught 5 years at St. Anne’s, did chaplaincy at Assumption for 6 years, spent one year on native reserves, taught and did chaplaincy at Brennan 4 1/2 years. Worked in different capacities at Habitat for Humanity from 2000 to 2011. At the same time, I was Treasurer of my religious congregation in this area for many years. Was also Mission Centre Coordinator (like a local superior) for about 5 years. Got a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College in the summers. Can’t read the diploma because it’s all in Latin. I love to do repairs of all kinds, sing and play guitar.
Marilyn Morrison | Bereavement Ministry
Marilyn handles all aspects of funerals at Assumption Parish. She meets with families to chose the readings and music and handles all details of the prayer services and funeral mass.