Bishop Wayne Lobsinger, VG, EV
Bishop Wayne L. Lobsinger was born in 1966 the first child of Larry and Eileen Lobsinger. Raised in the Waterloo Region, he received his Secondary School Honours Diploma in 1985. After one year in the honours music program at Wilfred Laurier University, he entered seminary at Resurrection College, St. Jerome's College, University of Waterloo and there completed his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then entered St. Peter's Seminary, part of King's College, Western University, London, Ontario and completed his Masters of Divinity degree.
He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop A.F. Tonnos, Bishop of Hamilton on April 17, 1993 and to the Presbyterate on May 7, 1994. As Associate Pastor he served at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Hamilton, St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Kitchener, St. Eugene Parish, Hamilton and Holy Cross Parish, Georgetown. In 2003 he was named Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Kincardine with missions at Sacred Heart, Teeswater and St. Anne, Riversdale. In 2005, he was named Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kitchener and its mission St. Brigid in Ayr. In 2012, he was named Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Waterdown. In 2019, he was named Pastor of St. Ann Parish, Ancaster.
Bishop Wayne has also served in a number of Diocesan roles including: Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Ustrzycki (1994-2003), Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary, Hamilton Comitium (1992 - Present), Vice-chair and then Chair of the Clergy Seminar Committee (2001-2004) and Chaplain to the Kitchener Knights of Columbus, third and fourth degrees (2005-2012). In 2010 he was elected as a member of the Dicoesan Personnel Board and as Chair of the Presbyteral Council; he was re-elected to these two roles in 2013. In 2011, he was appointed to the Diocesan College of Consultors and as the Diocesan Representative to the Canadian Federation of Presbyteral Councils. In March of 2014 he was appointed coordinator of the "Good Leaders, Good Shepherds" program for the Diocese and in September of 2014 was appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life.
For seventeen of the past twenty years, Father Wayne has led an annual pilgrimage to various countries throughout the world. He is also a trained organist, and for two and a half seasons he was the organist for the Kitchener Rangers Junior A hockey team. Father has one brother and four nieces. His parents and his brother's family continue to live in the Waterloo Region.