(Adapted from the Silver Anniversary Souvenir Program)
On June 16, 1973, St. Anne’s Parish was canonically erected as a new parish in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Fr. James K. Stephenson was assigned as the first Pastor. Inaugural Masses were celebrated on Saturday at St. Anne’s School and Sunday at Central Peel Secondary School. There were 800 families in the parish and during the first year, there were 29 Baptisms, 2 Weddings, and 3 Funerals.
Fr. C.W. Sullivan and St. Stephen's Schools were both opened in 1976. In the same year 1.7 acres of land, formerly Adams Family Farm, was purchased at the cost of 101,763.09 for the new church.
The first Mass was celebrated in the new church on June 1, 1978. The church building was designed by architect John Farrugia at the cost of 550,000.00 to complete. The seating capacity of the church was estimated at 780 persons. St. Joachim School opened in the same year. On October 1st, the new church was blessed by Cardinal Carter.
Fr. L. Dugo was assigned as Pastor in 1980 but was replaced by Fr. Michael Grace from 1980-1984.
Pastoral Coordinators were commissioned in 1982 – JoAnne Wyman (First Holy Communion), Sr. Audrey Doetzel (RCIA), Sandy Faux (Confirmation), Gillian Federico (Baptism).
Our Lady of Fatima School opened in 1983
The beautiful Stained Glass Cross in the sanctuary, donated by the Ladies Auxiliary was installed in 1984. Joyce Campbell joined the Pastoral Team in the same year.
John Daigle was the first parishioner of St. Anne's to be ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1985.
Fr. Gerald Dunn was assigned as Pastor from 1985 -1989.
Rejeanne Stuart replaced Joyce Campbell on the Pastoral Team in 1987
Fr. Paul Zimmer was assigned as Pastor from 1989-1995.
The Oak Wall Consoles for the new Stations of the Cross were built and donated in 1991 by Gaetan Abela, a parishioner. Five stained glass windows were installed: St. Mark was donated by the Di Mondo Family, St. Matthew by the Pereira Family, St. Michael by the families of Alice Irving and Cathy Clark, St. John by the Sandford Family and St. Luke by the Campbell Family
In 1991, our wooden pulpit and altar were designed, constructed, and donated by parishioner, Bill, May, and Emily Corcoran. Three additional stained glass windows were installed. St. Joachim was donated by K of C Heart Lake Council, St. Anne by K of C Brampton Council, Blessed Virgin with Child by St. Anne’s Ladies Auxiliary
Dominic Luciano, a parishioner, volunteered his time and crew to paint the church interior and a stand of votive candles was installed in 1992.
Fathers John Lescard, Mark Van Patten, and Giorgio Di Cicco, all former Seminarians at St. Anne's were ordained to the Priesthood in 1993.
In 1994, Louise Saulnier, active in the music ministry at St. Anne's, moved to New Brunswick. The Procia family was one of two families chosen by the Archdiocese of Toronto to visit Rome in this the “International Year of the Family”.
Fr. Gerry Legge was assigned as Pastor from 1995-2002.
Fr. Paul Johnston, son of parishioners James & Nora Johnston, was ordained in St. Anne's Church by Bishop Robert Clune to the Priesthood for the Missionaries of Africa, in 1995.
In 1996 - Lou Bell, Principal of Our Lady of Fatima School retired. Mr. Bell served at various times as principal in all four schools in St. Anne's Parish. Fr. Darrin Corkum, a former Seminarian, was ordained to the Priesthood.
St. Maria Goretti School opened Fall of 1996 and was dedicated in 1997
In 1998, the Silver Anniversary milestone celebrated twenty-five years of caring and sharing.
SIGNIFICANT PARISH EVENTS & DEVELOPMENTS AFTER THE SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF ST. ANNE
Fr. Damian Ali was assigned as Pastor from 2002-2012.:
Fr. Ed Murphy was assigned as interim Pastor for 6 months in 2012.
Fr. James Cherickal was assigned as Pastor from 2012-2018
Fr. Joel B. Pabilona, Jr. was assigned as Pastor in 2018 to the present
The Golden Anniversary of the parish was celebrated on the Feast Day of St. Anne on July 23, 2023.
1973 – 1980 Father James K. Stephenson (Founding Pastor)
1976 – 1972 Sr. Janet Fraser (Pastoral Worker)
1978 – 1979 Sr. Lorraine Malo (Pastoral Worker)
1978 – 1988 Rev. Vince Daigle (Permanent Deacon)
1978 – 1979 Fr. Louis-Philippe Halle (Associate Pastor)
1979 – 1980 Fr. Philip Wiley (Associate Pastor)
1980 – 1982 Fr. Vid Vlasic (Associate Pastor)
1980 Fr. L. Dugo (Pastor)
1980 – 1984 Fr. Michael Grace (Pastor)
1981 Rev. J. Lawrence (Permanent Deacon)
1981 - 1988 Rev. Tony Sandford (Permanent Deacon)
1981 – 1982 Fr. Patrick O'Dea (Associate Pastor)
1982 – 1983 Fr. Paul Sebor (Associate Pastor)
1983 – 1988 Fr. Philip Kennedy (Associate Pastor)
1984 - 1986 Sr. Audrey Doetzel (Pastoral Worker)
1984 – 1985 Fr. R. Skumavc (Associate Pastor)
1985 – 1991 Rev. John Daigle (Permanent Deacon
1985 – 1989 Fr. Gerald F. Dunn (Pastor)
1985 – 1988 Fr. Blas Briones (Associate Pastor)
1989 – 1991 Dr. Peter Gittens (Permanent Deacon)
1989 – 1995 Fr. Paul Zimmer (Pastor)
1992 -1993 Fr. Paul Gaudet (Associate Pastor)
1993 – 1994 Fr. Brian Shea (Associate Pastor)
1994 – 1995 Fr. Pier-Giorgio DiCicco (Associate Pastor)
1995 – 2002 Fr. Gerry Legge (Pastor)
1995 – 1997 Fr. Octavio Beltran (Associate Pastor)
1997 – 1999 Fr. Arnel Barrameda (Associate Pastor)
2002 – 2012 Fr. Damian Ali (Pastor)
2002 - 2019 Rev. Carlos Nogueira (Deacon)
2004 – 2007 Fr. Peter Yoo Sang Choi (Associate Pastor)
2004 - 2012 Rev. Re. Frank Siriani (Deacon)
2007 – 2010 Fr. Leo Lllames (Associate Pastor)
2012 January - June Fr. Ed Murphy (Interim Pastor)
2012 – 2018 Fr. James Cherickal (Pastor)
2012 – 2014 Fr. Magyar Paul (Associate Pastor)
2014 – 2016 Fr. Francesco Marrone (Associate Pastor)
2016 – 2019 Fr. Jibin Joy (Associate Pastor)
2018 -------- Fr. Joel B. Pabilona, Jr. (Pastor)
2019 – 2022 Fr. Anish Thiruthalil (Associate Pastor)
2022 -------- Fr. Jobby Muppathiyil (Associate Pastor)