Our Clergy and Staff

We are in the process of looking for a new Rector/Incumbent

Maria Nightingale

The Reverend Maria Nightingale

Associate/Chaplain to Seniors
(905) 828-2095, Ext. #52

Maria first came to St. Peter’s as a student when she was working on her Master of Divinity at Trinity College (University of Toronto). Ordained in 1999 in the Diocese of Niagara, Maria first worked as an assistant curate at St. Luke’s in Burlington. She returned to St. Peter’s after serving 15 years as school chaplain at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School in Oakville. She also served as the Honorary Assistant at St. Elizabeth’s, Burlington for over ten years. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the older adults connected to St. Peter’s as we deepen our faith together.

Maria is widowed and has two adult daughters, Angelique and Gwendolyn.

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The Reverend Clement Carelse, B.A, ARCT, ARCCO, CHM

Clement Carelse was born in Cape Town, South Africa, into a long line of organists. He studied at Trinity College, London, the Royal Conservatory, Toronto, the Royal Canadian College of Organists and McMaster University. Having played in a number of parishes, he assumed the role of Director of Music at St. Peter’s Erindale in 2008. He has performed in many of Britain’s Cathedrals, and has conducted Choral tours no fewer than six times. He and Christine are owned by five cats!

Jean Laduke,
Administrative Assistant

(905) 828-2095, Ext. #50

Jean has worked in St. Peter’s church office for 4 years and has over 25 years of experience as a secretary/administrative assistant in various industries. She supports the clergy and church committees, answers the phones, welcomes visitors and parishioners, produces the weekly Sunday bulletins, does the accounts payable and monthly financial reconciliations, sends out mailings, looks after space bookings and other duties as required. Jean is married to Kim Tucker and they have two grown children, Amy and Philip.

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Lydia Cordie, Youth Minister

(905) 828-2095, Ext. #67

Lydia feels honoured to have the opportunity to walk alongside the youth of the parish as they deepen their faith and grow into the person God intended them to be.

Prior to becoming St. Peter’s Youth Minister, Lydia was a Law student at the University of Havana, and a Sunday School teacher at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Havana, Cuba. Lydia has completed the Diocese of Toronto Youth Ministry Apprenticeship Program and has a BA in Sociology from Ryerson University. Currently, she is pursuing  a Master’s of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Lydia loves reading and going for long walks with her husband, Eusebio Pons. She also enjoys listening to music, visiting museums or galleries, and watching plays.

Ms Wendy Passmore, Spiritual Director

Wendy is available 4-5 days a month serving as spiritual director at St Peters. This ministry provides safe sacred space for individuals who are seeking a deeper spiritual life and/or are discerning God’s activity and presence in their life.

To contact Wendy: wendy.passmore@sympatico.ca

We are also blessed to have the assistance of our Honorary Assistants

The Reverend James Ferry
Honorary Assistant

A graduate of UofT and Wycliffe College, Jim was ordained in 1980 and served as assistant curate at St. Michael’s and All Angels’, and then as priest at St. Saviour’s (Toronto East) and St. Philip’s on-the-Hill (Unionville). After leaving active ministry in 1992, he worshipped at Holy Trinity (Toronto) for 20 years, becoming an honorary assistant there in 2011 for 5 years before coming to St. Peter’s.

After some time in teaching, he worked for the Ontario Advocacy Commission, and then for 20 years at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office  from which he retired in 2019.

In 1993 Key Porter Books published his best-selling autobiography In the Courts of the Lord – a gay minister’s story

Jim was married to his husband, Jun, in 2017 at St. Peter’s Erindale after moving to Mississauga.

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The Reverend Canon David Long
Honorary Assistant

David retired in 2008 after serving in the Dioceses of Toronto and Niagara. His Toronto parishes include: St. Michael and All Angels Toronto, Parish of Elmvale, St. Paul’s Rexdale and St. Hilary’s Mississauga.  In Niagara he was rector of Holy Trinity Welland and then Director of Ministry Support and Human Resources. A graduate of Western University (Huron) and Huron University College, David  and his wife Arlene have two sons and two granddaughters who live nearby.