Christina Ronzio

Director

Christina Ronzio

Margaret Carreiro

Administrative Assistant

Margaret Carreiro



 

Summer School Facilitators

The Summer School is staffed by a team of expert liturgists, professional musicians and parish initiation leaders. Participants will benefit from the liturgical, music and initiation ministry experiences of this year's facilitators.

To learn more about our individual facilitators select their photo below. 

Music Skills Sessions

Michelle Bergauer
Michelle Bergauer
Ensemble Playing

Joe Carere
Joe Carere
Organ Skills

Rob Corso Rob Corso
Advanced Organ Skills


Patrick Bowman
Cantors/Psalmists


Gloria Gassi
Cantors/Psalmists


Michael Gauthier
Guitar


David Holler
Choral Directing

Janet Loo
Janet Loo
Other Singers
Choral Singing

 

Initiation Sessions

Catherine Ecker
Catherine Ecker

RCIA & the Apprenticeship Model

Discernment in the Initiation Process

Exploring & Modelling the Dismissal: Breaking Open the Word

Retreats during the Initiation Process

Everything you ever wanted to ask about the Initiation Process

Fr. Larry LegerFr. Larry Léger

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and the Apprenticeship Model

Journeying with Children and Families

Preparing for & Celebrating the Rites of Initiation

Purification & Enlightenment: Journeying Through Lent with the Elect

Mariola Gozdek Mariola Gozdek

Discernment in the Initiation Process

Preparing for & Celebrating the Rites of Initiation

Purification & Enlightenment: Journeying Through Lent with the Elect

Debbie Walsh Debbie Walsh

Journeying with Children and Families

Exploring & Modelling the Dismissal: Breaking Open the Word

Retreats during the Initiation Process

 

Michelle Bergauer

Michelle Bergauer is a retired music teacher who taught for 27 years at St. Mary's High School in Kitchener, Ontario.

She started playing professionally in 1970 and continued to play throughout her teaching career. While trumpet has been her primary instrument, Michelle became adept at playing flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, French horn, trombone, cello, bass and drums in order to arrange music for those instruments.

During her teaching career Michelle created many of her own arrangements for classes, co-curricular groups and liturgy ensembles. She also assisted her students in learning how to transpose music so that they could compose and arrange music as well.

Joe Carere

Joe Carere began his musical studies at the age of 4 and was immediately drawn to the pipe organ. In 1988, he began his career as Church Organist beginning with St. John's Parish in Guelph. In 1990, he became Associate Organist at Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, took up the post of Organist In Residence at Chalmers United Church from 1994 until 2005, and, at the same time, became Organist and Choir Director at St. Mary Immaculate in Elora Ontario.  Joe held this position until 2008 when he became Organist and Director of Music exclusively at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph.

Joe also served as Civic Organist for a number of years for the City of Guelph and of Kitchener.  In the past he has also chaired the Huron and Niagara Chapter of the Royal School of Church Music and served as facilitator for a number of Masterclasses.

Rob Corso

Rob Corso received his Music Bachelor Honours degree from McMaster University studying organ with Dr. Melville Cook and conducting with Marty Hidy and Dr. Lee Hepner. Further studies led him to the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto graduating with a Bachelor of Education under Natalie Kuzmich and a Masters of Education at Brock University in Music Curriculum. Rob has also participated in master classes and attended workshops with Thomas Murray of the Yale School of Music and John Longhurst organist emeritus the Mormon Tabernacle. He is keenly interested in chant and improvisation using chant modes.

Rob has been the music director at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton for 40 very happy and fulfilling years serving under five rectors directing the two Basilica choirs and the cantor program.

In December 2013, the Cathedral Basilica Choir sang at an Advent Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.

Psalms and canticles contain some of the most passionate expressions of emotion in all of scripture. The cantor’s ministry and art make it possible for these expressions to come to life within our liturgical gatherings. Cantors often also lead the assembly in other types of musical expression. Through reflection, poetic sensitivity, vocal technique, and our shared experiences we will endeavour to articulate these graced moments. We will explore the many varieties of ways this can be achieved and the resources available for this ministry. We will also consider ideas about planning, collaboration and practice/rehearsal for the ministry. Individual participation will be encouraged.

 

Gloria Gassi

Gloria Gassi, M. Mus., L.Mus., A. Mus., A.R.C.T., O.C.T. is an accomplished performer in opera, oratorio and recital repertoire. Ms. Gassi has been described as “vocally outstanding, with empathy for the spirit of the song, beautiful tone and ringing high notes" (Handel’s Messiah, LFP). Ms. Gassi sang as soloist and in ensemble across Canada and internationally with the acclaimed Elmer Iseler Singers, and is recorded in Laudate Dominum and Handel's Messiah.

A dedicated teacher, her graduates are successful educators, performers, working professionally in opera, choral, theatre, television and radio. She is committed to developing the unique, natural gift of each voice with foundational technique and sensitive artistry. Ms. Gassi has given workshops in Liturgical music, voice pedagogy, choral techniques and adjudicated festivals throughout Canada.

She has taught both cantor and choral skills for previous OLC Summer Schools. Presently, Ms. Gassi teaches Voice and conducts the St. Cecilia Singers, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, and is a recipient of Western’s University Award for Excellence in Teaching. Since 2003, she is also Director of Liturgical Music at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, London, Ontario.

Mike Gauthier

Mike Gauthier has studied music at York University and classical guitar under William Beauvais of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. At present, Mike is the music director of the 5 PM mass at St. Anne’s church in Brampton. Mike writes many of the psalm settings, mass settings and some of the hymns used by the 5 PM mass. He and his wife also provide music for the Carmelite sisters who run Carmel Heights seniors residence in Mississauga.

Mike’s approach to guitar is primarily fingerstyle where both melody and harmony are employed to bring a richness to accompaniments that is often lacking in a straight strumming approach. While effective strumming is essential for any guitarist, the judicious use melody in one’s accompaniment adds immeasurably.

In Mike’s class you will learn how to mix both harmony and melody to more effectively lead the assembly in song and praise. Please come to the session ready to learn how the guitar can really work for you.

Janet Loo

Janet Loo is Director of Music Ministry in the Office Campus Ministry at King’s University College in London, Ontario. She also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the King’s University College Chamber Choir. In addition to her ministry at King’s, she is a Music Education lecturer at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, specializing in voice studies. She has led numerous music workshops at conferences, parishes, school boards, and faculties of theology. Janet holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from Western University.

A native of Toronto, Janet has been actively involved in music ministry leadership since 1995. She has directed choirs at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Holy Rosary Church in Toronto, and at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica in London. Janet has a close connection with the prayer and music of the Ecumenical Monastic Community of Taizé, having recorded on one of their CDs and directed choirs in their community in France. In recent years, she has directed music at their larger prayer gatherings in North America, including World Youth Days in Toronto, the North America Taizé Meeting in Montréal, and the Archdiocese of Detroit Jubilee Celebration.

David Holler

David Holler is active as an orchestral and choral conductor, tenor soloist and private music instructor. He has studied at the University of Western Ontario Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Toronto with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. In the Niagara region, Mr. Holler is the founding music director of the Mercredi Musique String Chamber Ensemble & Chorus as well as teaching private music lessons and serving as music director of St. Julia’s Church. As a tenor soloist, Mr. Holler has performed with York University’s Professional Opera Training Workshop, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and in several oratorio performances with Niagara’s Choralis Camerata. Mr. Holler has appeared in several solo and chamber music concerts with the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake and continues to perform solo recitals in the Niagara region. In Hamilton, he has directed the McMaster University Choir and is currently the music director of the Chorus Hamilton. Mr. Holler was the director of the Men’s Chorus at the University of Toronto for two years and is the artistic director of Fanshawe Chorus London.

Catherine Ecker

Catherine Ecker has served as a catechist for over 30 years. She journeys with adults, children and families as they prepare to celebrate the sacraments of initiation. Since 1988 Catherine has worked at the Archdiocesan level in the areas of Christian initiation, lay liturgical formation and adult faith formation. Catherine presents at various diocesan and provincial gatherings on topics related to initiation, liturgical catechesis and ongoing faith formation.

For 13 years she served as a team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate presenting throughout Canada. She is co-author of Alive in the Spirit and Come Spirit of God, confirmation program for parishes published by Novalis.

Catherine is a member of the Ontario Liturgical Conference and chairs the Christian Initiation Committee of the OLC.

Catherine and her husband Paul live in Barrie. They are parents to three adult children and five grandchildren.

Fr. Larry Leger

Fr. Larry Léger is a priest with the Archdiocese of Toronto and is the vice chair of the Ontario Liturgical Conference. He is pastor of a parish with 4,500 households and over 200 young people preparing for Confirmation and First Eucharist.

Fr. Larry was a team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He has made presentations throughout Canada and the United States on the topic of Initiation.

Mariola Gozdek

Mariola M. Gozdek was born and raised in Poland. In 1992 she immigrated to Canada and has since lived in Kingston, Ontario with her family. Mariola holds a Bachelor of Education and Masters in Theology degree from the Cardinal Stefan WyszyƄski University in Warsaw, Poland. She completed the Diploma in Ministry Program from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia., and holds Certificates in Pastoral Liturgy and in Religious Education from St. Paul University, Ottawa Ontario.

She has over 25 years of experience in Parish Ministry mainly in Liturgy, Catechesis and Christian Initiation. She is a member of the Ontario Liturgical Commission and the Ontario Christian Initiation Committee.

Presently, Mariola works as the Coordinator of Liturgy and Diocesan Screening for the Archdiocese of Kingston. She may be reached at liturgy@romancatholic.kingston.on.ca or at 613-548- 4461.

Debbie Walsh

Debbie Walsh lives in Bradford, Ontario and has been involved in Christian initiation of adults and children for 15-years with a focus on children’s initiation for more than half of that time. She received her Diploma in Ministry through St. Francis Xavier University and has deepened her baptismal spirituality through attending multiple conferences and institutes. Debbie served as an active team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate in the role of catechist.

 

After Forum ‘closed its doors’ in 2013 Debbie has continued to share the vision of our Church’s rite by administering the Friends of Forum Facebook page. She invites and engages other RCIA ministers into an online conversation.

 

Debbie has been inspired by her role as mother of three to, Matthew, Megan and Michael and in her newest role as grandmother to Isabel. She integrates her education with life experience as she coordinates the RCIA in her parish of St. Elizabeth Seton, Newmarket as well as designing and facilitating retreats for a variety of groups.

 

Debbie works full-time at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre supporting the Palliative Care team.