The Reverend Patrick John O’Maoil Mheana
Ordained as Father Luke, PJ, as he prefers to be called, was born in the Glens of Antrim, Ireland. He was a Registered Nurse in the British Army and Royal Navy for 25 years, specializing in and eventually becoming service head of peri-operative care. Duty allocated him to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan the Falkland Islands and a few other interesting places. Prior to this he was a member of a Roman Catholic missionary order. Between the missionary life and the Armed Forces, he worked in hospice care in London at a rather challenging time.
Towards the end of his duties as a medical man for the Armed Forces, PJ attended the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire and attained his FD(Th). In 2014, when he was ordained, he took the name Luke, a reminder of his previous calling. He is currently the Rector of Monklands in Airdrie Scotland since 2017, having previously served as Assistant Curate, St Michael and All Angels, Portsmouth, England. PJ also serves his diocese through Diocesan Synod, General Synod, Councilor of local authority country council families and education committee, Bishop’s advisory panel on mission, and Clergy conference planning committee, as its convener since 2019. PJ has family in Ontario, has travelled in Canada, has met Executive Archdeacon Douglas Fenton and has a friend in Edinburgh who is a priest from our diocese. PJ enjoys his motorbike, swimming and cooking. He also likes gardening, especially growing vegetables and looks forward to using our Rectory garden. In discussing the church of the future, PJ believes it is a church that takes the Good News of Jesus out into the world. “A church proves its relevance not just by the words it says but also by the way it lives out and embodies those words in the world.”
The Reverend Paul Richards
The Reverend Paul Richards grew up in Vancouver and completed his undergraduate degree in history at Simon Fraser University before embarking on a twenty six year career in the RCMP. He worked throughout Canada (including the Arctic) and abroad. He is a veteran of both Kosovo and Afghanistan, and completed his Master of Arts degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. After retiring from the police he worked as a Director of Operations in BC Emergency Health Services. As a member of the Anglican Church of Canada, he has worshiped in Ontario, the Yukon, NWT, and White Rock and abroad, holding positions of lay leadership in his home parish of Holy Trinity White Rock prior to his ordination in 2015 as a deacon in the Diocese of New Westminster.
As the deacon for Holy Trinity, he is engaged in different ministries and pastoral care while he continues his graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. He remains very active in community organizations, including St. John Ambulance, Scouts Canada and the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. He and his wife Lenore live in Surrey and have two Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Francine is the Office Administrator for Holy Trinity. Though she holds a degree in Elementary Education, she has been working in the administrative field for about five years. She has a love for administration, but also a heart for people. It is her hope that every one that comes in contact with her will feel joy, warmth, and safety, and will experience the loving heart of God.
Outside of work hours, Francine is passionate about experiencing God’s stunning creation while hiking the local mountains, running, and connecting with friends over a warm mug of tea.
Organist and Choir Director
Mr. Valdma was born in Sweden, grew up in Toronto, studied at the Conservatory, and University of Toronto, resulting in an A.R.C.T., B.Ed., M.Mus., MA (University of Toronto) and M.L.S. (Kent State). He has taught at Douglas College and at present teaches music theory at the Jean Lyons School of Music in Vancouver (www.jeanlyonsmusic.com) and at the Langley Community Music School (www.langleymusic.com).
In addition to music, Mr. Valdma’s interests include various sports, collecting minerals and photography. Photocards by Mr. Valdma are available at some local retail outlets.