About Us

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The Name Brébeuf

Our parish is named for Jesuit Father Jean  de Brébeuf, who came to Canada from France as a missionary in 1625. He  worked with the Native Montaignais and Huron peoples, spreading the  gospel and learning their languages. He helped establish the mission  near Midland, Ontario, now the site of the Sainte-Marie among the Hurons  shrine, which commemorates the Canadian Martyrs. Father ​Brébeuf​ was  killed by the Iroquois in 1649 and canonized in 1930.

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Our Roots

A Catholic parish was established in 1873  for the townships of Erin and Eromosa. In 1959, Bishop Ryan asked the  Jesuits to establish a mission in Erin. Masses were said at the Legion  Hall until the church was opened in 1965, with Jesuit Father Frederick  Elliott as the pastor.

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Our Pastors

After Fr. Elliott, Father Edward Grace OSA became pastor in 1981, and with construction of the house next to the church, became Erin's first resident priest. The  original school opened in 1979, as a new building opened in 1991. The  parish was served by Father Charles Lagan SFM from 1986 to 1990; and by  Father Gus Arthurs CSSp from 1990 until his death in 2001. Father Joe Kelly CSSp served from 2001 until his retirement in 2015. Fr. Ralph  Diodati was with us from 2015 until 2017 when our current pastor joined us, Fr. Don Sanvido.