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After a 25 year career as a medical doctor and flight surgeon with the Canadian Armed Forces (Air Force), Fr. Stephen Liang heeded a call he had first felt as a teenager and entered the priesthood. His early training with the De La Salle Brothers, his life-and-death experiences as a physician, and his love for God and the Church eventually led him to give himself completely to God.  His life experiences made him think about the meaning of life and realize how fragile life really is.  It also served to strengthen his faith and trust in God.
Fr. Stephen obtained his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1973. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1976. He was posted to several bases and locations during his time in the military: CFB Trenton, Golan Heights (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force – UNDOF), University of Toronto, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine (San Antonio, Texas), Directorate of Flight safety (Ottawa), Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), Mobile Command Headquarters (St. Hubert, Quebec), Ottawa (Obs. & Gyn.), CFB Cold lake, and Air Command Headquarters (Winnipeg).
Fr. Stephen was accepted into priestly formation by Archbishop Marcel Gervais (Archdiocese of Ottawa) and he commenced his training as a seminarian at St. Augustine’s Seminary (Toronto) in August 2001.​​

On June 3, 2006, Fr. Stephen was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Marcel Gervais. Since then, Fr. Stephen has served as Associate Pastor at St. Patrick’s Church (Fallowfield), Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Sept 2007) and most recently (Aug 2015) Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.
Fr. Stephen was also appointed as the Priest-Moderator of Sheng Shen Chinese Catholic Church by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast in August 2013. 

Rev. Dr. Stephen Liang

Before he entered the Maronite Order in Lebanon, he was named “Nassif Farah”, but on acceptance into the Lebanese Maronite Order in 2006, a Monastic Order, he was given a new religious name which he chose and was approved by the Order, namely “Estephan”. He will therefore be known as “Fr. Estephan”.

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 2015. He is a Catholic Maronite monk from Byblos, Lebanon. His Order sent him to Canada in 2016 to continue his “Master’s Degree” in Theology at St. Paul’s University. His aim is to complete a “Doctorate” in Theology. He speaks three languages : Arabic, English, and French. He is also well versed in reading and writing the Syriac language.


Fr. Estephan 


Monique has supported the parish as Office Manager since July of 2000.  She comes from a small village in the east of Ottawa, is married and is an associate to the Sisters of Charity. 
She has sat on parish, regional and diocesan Pastoral Councils. 
The first of lay formation in the francophone sector was attended for three years with great interest.  It brought her greater knowledge, deeper understanding and reinforced her faith. 
She takes great pleasure in being of service to this community.