Fr. Mike Dechant OMI – Pastor
Fr. Mike Dechant was born in northern Alberta, but then “transplanted” to Saskatchewan for most of his life. He is an Oblate of Mary Immaculate who believes that Youth are the Future (of the Church) …NOW!
At present, he is working in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division as the Priest Chaplain at Holy Cross High School, and is the pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish in Saskatoon. As his father was a farmer. planting seeds to feed the people of the world, so too his son has spent most of his life “planting seeds” – seeds of hope and encouragement, the seeds of the Good News of Jesus Christ. His constant encouragement to everyone is: “Wherever you go, go with God. Whenever you go, go make a difference.”
Fr. Ken Forster OMI – Associate Pastor
Fr. Ken joined our staff as Associate Pastor a year ago, just a few months before Covid-19, which caused a completely new mode of pastoral presence in the parish. He has ancestral roots here in Saskatchewan as his parents were born in Anaheim and Lake Lenore. They moved to British Columbia in 1942 and settled in Fort St. John in the Peace River District.
Fr. Ken has been ordained 48 years and has served in various parishes in B.C. and Alberta. He has also ministered among First Nations people on reserves as well as in an urban setting in downtown Eastside Vancouver. He was assigned as the first superior of the new mission in Kenya for a period of nine years. The last six years before he joined St. Philip’s Staff, he served in leadership of Lacombe Oblate Province in Canada as the Provincial.
His assignment is half-time Associate Pastor at St. Philip Neri and half-time as Promotional Speaker for the Oblate Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate (MAMI). This association of lay persons partner with us and the poor in our missions to improve the quality of life, both spiritually and materially.
Shirley Hyshka – Pastoral Associate
Shirley joined our team early in 2012 after serving as Pastoral Associate at Holy Spirit for about 3 years. She was also an elementary school educator with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School system for 30 years prior to her parish ministry.
With three University of Saskatchewan education degrees, as well as a Certificate in Theological Studies and a Diploma in Lay Ministry, she hopes to continue learning more about Jesus as she serves in the parish. Shirley ministers in a variety of areas in the parish which include RCIA, Baptisms, Funerals, and Scripture Study.
Shirley has two children, Chris and Courtney, and she loves spending time with her four grandchildren, lunch with friends, learning new things, reading and doing all things religious!
Joanne Lysyshyn – Music Minister and Financial Administrator
Joanne was hired as the music coordinator for the parish in 2005. This position involves scheduling choirs for all of the liturgies throughout the year, training cantors, arranging workshops, maintaining the keyboards and sound equipment, playing at funerals and helping couples with the wedding music if required. In 2008, Joanne took on the accounting for the parish. This entails working very closely with the parish priest, the finance committee and the office administrators. It is essential to have accurate financial records and reporting.
Joanne and her husband, Ted have five children and eight grandsons. Together they enjoy entertaining family and friends, working in their yard and attending musical events. Joanne is also an avid reader and loves sports and playing games.
Cathy Martell – Administrative Assistant
Cathy joined the St. Philip Neri parish staff in 2017 and works part-time as one of the Administrative Assistants. Her role focuses predominantly on maintaining the parish listing as well as parishioner donations. She also handles website maintenance along with all the many reception duties.
Cathy, and her husband Keith, have five children and have been active parishioners at St. Philip Neri for almost 30 years. They have been involved with many of the ministries at St. Philip Neri over the years and currently volunteer as Sacristans and EMCs.
They enjoy travelling, entertaining friends, and maintaining their acreage.
Marlene Flaman Dunn – Administrative Assistant
Marlene has recently retired after a wonderful 35-year career with Saskatoon Public Schools, spending 24 years as a high school teacher and 11 years in administration at the Board Office. Marlene and her family have been parishioners at St. Philip for nearly 30 years; she is a past-Chair of our Parish Pastoral Council and she and her husband, Ken, have been involved in our Communion to the Sick Ministry for many years. Marlene and Ken have three sons, one lovely daughter-in-law, one adorable grandson and one more grand-baby on the way! In their semi-retirement spare time, Marlene and Ken love to bike, hike, kayak and ski, travel the world whenever they can, and spend most summer weekends up at Candle Lake. They especially love to spend time with their rather large extended families, hang out with their dogs and loudly cheer on their beloved SK Roughriders!
Ethna Martin R.N. – Parish Nurse
Ethna joined our staff, along with Deb Bauche, in 2004. Together they pioneered something rather unique to St. Philip Neri; Parish Nursing Ministry. Ethna makes herself available to visit those in our parish (and outside!) who are in crisis, in need of comfort or seeking counsel regarding health care. As a parish nurse she can incorporate our Catholic faith into her work with those she meets. Ethna and her husband Ken emigrated from Ireland in 1991 with their two sons, James and Matthew. James and his wife Sloane live in Saskatoon. Matthew and his wife Megan live in Warman and have one son, Cormac, and one daughter Caoilinn. Ethna is a member of the Miscarriage Awareness Committee, set up by the R.C. Diocese of Saskatoon, to encourage dialogue about miscarriage and work for awareness and education. She is a past Chair of CAPNM (The Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry) and currently sits on the Board for CHAS (Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan). Ethna loves to travel, sing and entertain.
Deb Bauche R.N. – Parish Nurse
Deb joined our staff along with Ethna Martin in 2004. Together they pioneered something rather unique to St. Philip Neri: Parish Nursing Ministry. Deb makes herself available to visit those in our parish (and outside!) who are in crisis, in need of comfort or seeking counsel regarding health care. As a parish nurse she can incorporate our Catholic faith into her work with those she meets. Deb is married to Brian and they have two children: Mike (daughter Ellie) and Nicole (husband Marc and sons Julian and Paul). Deb likes to read and knit and visit her three grandchildren who live out of province. Deb is a 5 year breast cancer survivor and is on the Busting with Energy Dragonboat team.
Sandi Lamborn – Custodian/Maintenance (on leave)
Sandi has been our Custodian since 1998. As you look around our beautifully maintained building, you will see Sandi’s handiwork. Sandi oversees everything from ensuring that each bathroom is spotless to making sure that each of our air handling units is working properly. Sandi does a great job of making our physical space comfortable and appealing. Sandi has four children and one grandson: Mike (wife, Samantha and son Seth), Justin, Andrew and Kaylie. Sandi loves to travel, read and ride her horse, Nestle.
Mohsin Masih – Custodian/Maintenance
Mohsin has joined our staff to take on the custodial duties while Sandi is away on leave.
Waqas Masih – Custodian/Maintenance
Waqas has joined our staff to assist Mohsin with the custodial duties while Sandi is away on leave.