I am Fr. Heinner Paucar, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). I was born in Chiclayo, a city in the north of Peru. I come from a large family: I am sixth of ten siblings. In 1990, I joined the Oblates in Peru because I was impressed with their passion for, and commitment to, the poor and for social justice issues in the world. Thankfully, my religious training was influenced by godly family values; my parents taught me to practice charity for others and to love God in our neighbor.
In 2000, I was ordained priest. All my training for the priesthood was in Lima, Peru and Cochabamba, Bolivia. As a young priest, I was sent to work in the jungle of Peru for two years; then, I worked four years in the administration of the Peruvian Oblate Delegation. Finally, I served as pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in the northern zone of Lima, a very poor district with more than 85,000 families, for about ten years.
Then, I came to Canada to embark on a new missionary experience in my life. To be a missionary is a passion of my life. I find that, through the experiences of a missionary, you can see the world, life and faith from a different perspective, and your religious values are stronger because you learn to see the world through the eyes of Jesus resurrected.
Before I came to Hamilton, I had two wonderful experiences while living with native communities in Saskatoon and in Vancouver. Since September 2015, I have been working in the Hamilton Diocese, at St Patrick Parish and St Lawrence.
Since being appointed Pastor of St Lawrence in September 2016, I have been working full-time in this historic parish with its strong sense of community in the North End of the city.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you parishioners in this parish, and the Filipino community, for giving me such a warm welcome into your community, and for your regularly presence here with us. I hope that, together, we can build a community which thinks, prays and works for the glory of God.
I look forward to meeting you.
Fr. Heinner Paucar, OMI
Patricia LeBlanc (secretary)
Patrick Sullevan (custodian)