Deacon Randy Matters

Ordained June 2006

Appointed to St. Gabriel Church in June 2014
Heather, Chris (son), Joanne, Deacon Randy, Theresa (daughter) with Trinity, David with Joseph, Kerry and Jordan (Son).
Married to Joanne for 32 years. They have 3 grown children Chris, Theresa  and Jordan.

Born in Prince Edward Island and in his youth moved a lot throughout the Maritimes till his family settled in Oakville Ontario.

Business executive for a Global Company holding several roles over 25 years.

Ordained Deacon by Bishop Tonnos in June 2006. He was part of the first class of Permanent Deacons for the Diocese of Hamiltion.

Deacon at St Paul the Apostle Parish in Burlington, Ontario – for 8 years

President and Founder of Shifra Homes – the first and only maternity home for young women in Halton Region.

Deaconate ministry at the St Pauls:
  •  Started Sunday visits to the 2 Nursing Homes, one Retirement Home and visiting people in their homes.
  • Presided at Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Liturgies at the Homes.

​- 4th Degree Knight belonging to the Bishop Reding Assembly
-Former participant in the Annual Walking Pilgrimage to Martyrs Shrine for seven years.
-Former member of the Bread of Life Magazines Editorial Board.
-Former Chair of Annual Charismatic Renewal Conference/Crusade.

-Interests and Hobbies:
  •  His grandchildren Trinity & Joseph, and another expected in January 2015!
  •  Enjoys the sport of triathlon (completed an Ironman in 2011)
  •  Fan of hockey – especially the Montreal Canadiens
  •  Golfs, but poorly


The Family
Deacon Randy with wife Joanne
on 30th anniversary