Fr. WALTER Tonelotto, c.s. (Pastor)
Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.
Fr. Walter spent his first 17 years of priesthood as a Teacher/Formation in the Scalabrinian seminaries of North America. As a missionary, he has worked in Mexico, Florida, Montreal, Canada and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was the pastor of St. James and St. Joseph Church in downtown New York City for 6 years and since 2013 the pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii. He was instrumental for bringing Radio Maria, 25 years ago, and worked for three years as the supervisor of the three corporations of Radio Maria, English, Spanish and Italian on a national level.
TELEMATER was the final and most important creation that Fr. Walter has begun at Our Lady of Pompeii, with the cooperation of a strong group of young Italian professionals. He is presently pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA.
Fr. JUAN MANUEL Lopez, c.s. (Associate Pastor)
Born on February 14, 1984 in San Julian, Jalisco, Mexico, Juan Manuel entered the Scalabrinian Seminary of Guadalajara en 2004 for the BA and the Preparatory year; he concluded his Philosophy degree in the seminary of Mexico City.
After four months of volunteer at la casa del migrante in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, he did his Novitiate in Purepero, Michoacan and concluded with his first profession on November 28, 2010.
He studied Theology in Bogota, Colombia and did his Diaconate in Valencia, Venezuela. He was ordained a priest on April 16, 2016. His first assignment was St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he is presently serving as Associate Pastor.