Fr. Mark A. Tarrant
Father Mark was raised in a military family and moved to Winnipeg on 1980, with his parents and three brothers. As a military ‘brat’ he was born in Edmonton, AB, moved to Moose Jaw, SK, then to Holberg, BC (very northern tip of Vancouver Island), then to Ottawa, ON, and finally to Winnipeg, which he insists is his home. He completed grade 12 at Sturgeon Creek Region Secondary School (as it was rightfully called then), as well as a year at the Collegiate at the University of Winnipeg.
Father Mark entered the seminary for his Bachelor of Arts degree at Saint Pius X Seminary at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Completing his degree in 1987 and then entered Saint Peters Seminary at the University of Western Ontario in London and received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1991. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Leonard Wall, Archbishop of Winnipeg on June 4th 1992.
Father Mark was appointed Pastor of Saint Vital Parish on July 1st, 2017. He has been a priest for twenty five years and has served in many parishes through the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.
Following ordination he was appointed:
Parochial Vicar of Saint Edward the Confessor Parish, Winnipeg (1992 -1994)
Administrator of Saint Erik’s Parish, Eriksdale, and Saint Olaf’s in Lundar, Holy Cross in Ashern, Saint Theresa’s in Lake Manitoba Reserve (Dog Creek) 1994 -1995
Pastor of Saint Felix Valois Parish, Dunrea, Saint Mary’s Parish in Souris, Saint James Parish in Baldur 1995- 1998
Pastor of Saint Viator’s Parish, Dauphin and Corpus Christi Parish in Winnipegosois 1998 - 2004
Pastor of Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Winnipeg 2004 – 2010
Pastor of Saint John Brebeuf Parish 2010 – 2017
Father Mark has loved serving in every parish that he has been sent to serve. His serving in parishes over the years had him in three parochial schools and he has enjoyed the challenge of Parish and School life meshing together for the good of the students, the parishioners and the Church.
Financial Manager/Assistant Director
I have been in the parish since I arrived from the Philippines in June 2009. I generally take care of the finances of the parish as well as our school and daycare. I value my Catholic faith and believe that God calls us to be where he wants us to be for His greater glory. I believe that God has placed me in this parish for a reason and I am truly grateful that I work here.
My name is Candace Anthony and I have been a member of our parish since I was very young, and now continue to attend and serve in the parish with my own family. My role here in the parish is the Religious Education Coordinator, but I also spend some time working at the front desk of the parish office. My favorite things to do are spending time outdoors with my family, whether its bike riding, hiking, or camping.
I was born and raised in the small community of Dunrea where I received my Catholic education from my parents and the Oblate Missionary nuns. I became a member of St. Vital Parish in 1995 and have witnessed many wonderful changes over the past few years. The opportunity to work in the Parish Office has allowed me to grow both spiritually and intellectually. I am truly blessed to work with such great people who I consider to be like family.
I have been assisting in the Administration department since September 2002. My duties include publishing our Parish bulletin, preparing the church for daily mass, preparing certificates for the sacraments and updating files for the Parish and St. Maurice School. As well, I am a proud parent of two beautiful children, I love spending time with my family and I enjoy art (drawing/painting) and travelling.
I have been working in the custodial department of the parish, school and daycare for the past 15 years, and for the past 9 years have been in charge of the maintenance of the parish cemetery, which I really enjoy. My wife Isabel and I are both originally from the island of Sâo Miguel in the Azores, Portugal. One of the highlights of my life was in 2008 when Isabel and I were able to take our two sons and daughter-in-law to Portugal to see where we are from. The best thing that I like to do is travelling, especially road trips. Isabel and I have been very lucky that we have seen so much of this great country of ours. I take pride in being both a parishioner and an employee of the parish.