St. Theresa's Parish welcomes Fr. Bienvenido Ebcas, Jr. (pictured above) as its new Pastor effective Wednesday, January 6th, 2021. He succeeds Fr. James Chitteth, CFIC as St. Theresa's Pastor and looks forward to returning to parish ministry in the midst of a global pandemic.
Fr. Ben's Personal Bio
Rev. Fr. Bienvenido Prieto Ebcas, Jr. hails from Ormoc City, Philippines.
He is a 63-year old priest from the Archdiocese of Toronto. He was ordained in July 3, 1983 by the late Archbishop Pedro Dean in the Philippines. He is now in his 38th year in priestly ministry.
"Father Ben", as he is fondly called by many, had worked with the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who is now Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in the early 90's. He is the Founder and Director of the Home of God's Mercy and Compassion Center for the Poor in the Philippines. He was a professor in the Seminary for many years. Some of his former students are now Bishops in different dioceses in the Philippines.
Father Ben loves carpentry, electronics, automative repairs and, of course, music. He loves to sing. He describes himself as a good listener, compassionate, and person-oriented.
He was Pastor in many different parishes both in the Philippines and here in Canada.
More Info About Fr. Ben
Father Ben's charitable work made headlines when his native Philippines was hit by tropical cyclone Haiyan in 2013. Then a Pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in west Toronto, he mobilized his parish community to collect supplies for humanitarian aid and financial assistance to aid the relief effort.
He was able to raise $116,000 worth of charitable donations and at least 1000+ boxes of care packages that were sent to those hardest hit by the deadly cyclone.
This earned him a visit from former Prime Minister Stephen Harper who announced Canada's commitment to match "dollar-for-dollar" donations made by Canadians, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his charitable work. He credits Canadians and his parish community for the success of this urgent effort.
Finally, he is known for being a great singer and preacher. He is part of the proverbial "singing priests" of the Archdiocese of Toronto (which included Fr. Joel Pabilona, Jr., another St. Theresa's former Pastor) who perform in parishes to raise charitable aid, and has given powerful conferences and retreats within the Archdiocese.
As he begins his ministry in our parish, we pray that God will keep him in His love and for St. Theresa to guide and pray for him to the Father.