Fr. Patrick Tepoorten, 1985 – 1986

Fr. Tepoorten replaced Fr. Nash as Pastor in 1985. He was young and energetic, and he almost immediately had the onerous task of planning the 60th anniversary celebration of the Parish. During his short stint at St. Anthony’s, Fr. Tepoorten transformed the liturgy, and being young himself, he was able to attract the youth. The number of altar servers and young people willing to help in the church increased. He is credited for removing the wood paneling and exposing the marble high altar that was underneath. He left in 1986 when he decided to move to Eastern Canada (the Oratory of St. Philip Neri). Fr. Tepoorten attended St. Peter’s Seminary in Ontario and was ordained in Vancouver 1981 by Archbishop James Carney.