a vibrant catholic community

The staff and leadership here at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Parish is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at mary.miller@toledostpats.org.

Staff & Leadership

  • Fr. tony borgia

    Pastor

    Born in Norwalk, Ohio attended Norwalk St. Paul School.

    Attended college at St. Gregory’s in Cincinnati and Theology Studies at Mount St. Mary’s also in Cincinnati.

     

    Ordained a deacon in 1983, and served at Findlay, St. Michael’s

     

    Ordained a priest 1984, and assigned as associate pastor of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. From 1986-1993 assigned to the Diocesan Youth Office holding different positions: Spiritual Director of Youth, Chaplin of Scouting, Associate Director of CYO, Director of Youth Ministry.

     

    Pastoral Assignments: 1993-2000 Galion, St. Joseph; 2000-2005 Fort Jennings, St. Joseph and Ottoville, Immaculate Conception; 2005 to 2011 St. Peter’s, Mansfield; 2011 to 2015 St. John Point Place and St. Michael..

    Contact Fr. Tony Borgia: tony.borgia@toledostpats.org



  • Fr. Jim Sanford 0.S.F.S

    PAROCHIAL Vicar

    Fr. Jim was born on February 27, 1956, to the Phyllis and William Sanford(both deceased) and was ordained a priest on April 26,1986 by Bishop James R. Hoffman.
    He has three siblings; Mary Kay Hagerty of Pennsylvania, William Sanford of Sylvania, Ohio and John Sanford of California,

    Before coming here to St. Pat's, Father Jim was pastor of Most Pure Heart of Mary in Shelby, Ohio and St. Joseph in Plymouth, Ohio. Prior to the three years he served as pastor in Shelby and Plymouth, Father Jim spent 19 years as a chaplain and instructor in two high-schools; 15 years at St. Francis de Sales here in Toledo and 4 years at Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City.

    After his teaching career, Fr. Jim was pastor of St. Pius X parish until his stroke 3 years later. When Fr. Jim recovered from his stroke, he became pastor of St. Stephen and Sacred Heart Parishes in East Toledo until their merger with 2 additional parishes 3 years later, from there he went to Shelby and Plymouth.
    Fr. Jim is a former member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He requested to join the Diocese of Toledo one year after his retirement so that he could remain a full time, active Priest. Fr. Jim said: "As an a retired religious I had amble opportunity to pray, but I missed active ministry, When I realized that I knew every price on the Price is  Right TV show I felt the Holy Spirit was prompting me to go back to work!"
    Contact Fr. Jim at: jim.sanford@toledostpats.org


  • Sr. gail lambert M.S.B.T.

    Pastoral associate

    Sister Gail Lambert M.S.B.T. belongs to the Religious Congregation of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, a religious community founded in 1918 to be missionaries to the America(s). As the Pastoral Associate, her responsibility covers two tracks: Adult Faith Formation and Outreach Ministry.


    Sister Gail received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College and Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from Shalem  Institute for Spiritual Formation at the Washington Theological Union.


    In developing programs that foster spiritual growth and a missionary spirit, it is the hope to have Servant Leaders emerge and serve the Lord using their gifts for ministry. This Ministry as Pastoral Associate offers the opportunity to be a leaven of Christ's Compassion as well as provide the challenge to deepen our relationship with God by helping to connect living faith and loving action in our world today.

    Contact Sr. Gail gail.lambert@toledostpats.org

  • Mary miller

    Parish secretary

    Mary Miller has been a parishioner since March 2007 and Parish Secretary since February 2, 2010. She is a mother, a grandma and also a great grandma. Also Mary is an Associate member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and a member and Spiritual Advisor  of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.


    Formerly Mary was in the automotive field as a supervisor and as a production scheduler. Mary says this is the best job ever, having the  Blessed Sacrament around the corner and a chance to serve God's people.


    If you need to offer a Mass for someone, or information on how to volunteer in the parish, and other information, come into the parish office, Mary will be glad to help. Contact Mary at  mary.miller@toledostpats.org


  • REbecca reamer

    Director of faith formation for children

    Rebecca Reamer has been a parishioner since 1994. She has been involved in many aspects of parish life. She is married to Dave and together they have six children. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. She is the coordinator of the Family Faith Formation Program, Children's Liturgy of the Word, Sunday Pre-School, Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, and RCIA for children. She also is involved with the Confirmation preparation.

    Contact Rebecca: Rebecca.reamer@toledostpats.org


  • Ron prebe

    DIrector of liturgical ministries

    Ron directs the Adult and Children’s Choirs, the Hand Bell Choir and is responsible for liturgical planning. Passionate about Liturgy and Music, he has played in churches in Toledo for more than 40 years. Additionally, he has played with The Toledo Symphony, The Toledo Jazz Orchestra and remains actively engaged in music throughout the area. Ron is a graduate of The University of Toledo.

    Contact Ron: ron.prebe@toledostpats.org


  • Debora o'Shea

    school principal

    Debora O'Shea has served as principal at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns since 2011. She has a master's degree in Elementary Administration from the University of Toledo. Her bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education. She spent 6 years as a principal at St. Pius X (Toledo), 10 years as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher at St. Jerome (Walbridge) and 10 years as a Pre-K teacher and administrator in Genoa, OH. She grew up in Genoa and has lived in Maumee for 14 years. Her faith is what keeps her strong in her positive spirit.

    Contact Deb: debora.oshea@toledostpats.org



  • John trabbic

    director of youth MINISTRY

    Born in Toledo Ohio, John grew up twenty-five miles north of St Pat's in a small town in Erie, Michigan. Graduating from Franciscan University in May 2014, John has Bachelor degrees in both Theology and Catechetics and has been involved in youth ministry for over 5 years. Growing up, one of John's greatest desires was to serve the youth and families in the church and that journey now continues as the director of the High School youth ministry program "Life Teen" here at St Patrick's

    Contact John: john.trabbic@toledostpats.org

  • Ryan Adamson

    Director of Youth Evangelization

    Raised in Athens, Georgia. Grew up Catholic and home schooled. Received a degree in Marketing and just recently moved to Toledo, Ohio. Growing up, Ryan has always viewed the Church as his family. That view has inspired the passion for youth ministry and parish development That has helped lead him to being the Director of Youth and Evangelization here at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. Ryan can be reached at ryan.adamson@toledostpats.org


  • lydia ellinwood

    Controller, director of finance

    Lydia has been a Certified Public Accountant for 25 years.  A native New Yorker, Lydia graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She currently lives on a farm with her husband Darrel and children Darien, Dillon and Victoria.




    Lydia.ellinwood@toledostpats.org

  • deacon joseph kest

    deacon

    Joe obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from University of Toledo 1964; and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Lourdes University 2013. Deacon Joe spent his career as an Information Technology Specialist at Owens Corning for 33 years. He retired in 2001. Member of St Patrick’s parish since 1968. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for Diocese of Toledo in 1987. He is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa – National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Knights of Columbus, Maumee Elks, past president of Toledo Deacons Council. He served as past president of Toledo Deacons Council Continuing Education Committee.

    Contact Joe: joekest@bex.net

  • deacon joel junga

    deacon

    Happily married to Kristen since 1985, three adult children - Adam(Meghan), Elizabeth, Kylie(Ricky), three grandchildren. Ordained as a permanent deacon in 2005, employed as a medical technologist at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

    Contact Joel: deaconjfj@gmail.com

  • deacon dave karpanty

    deacon

    Deacon David Karpanty is a native of Toledo Ohio, and a 1966 graduate of Central Catholic High School, who was brought up the parish of St. Anthony.

    Dave graduated from the University of Toledo in 1968, with an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology.

    Ordained in 1989, he has served in the diocese for 26 years.  He is a past Vice President of the Deacon Council, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

    Although he has always resided in the parish, his former assignments have taken him to St. Francis De Sales, the Community of the Risen Christ and St. Charles Borromeo, before finally coming home to St Patrick.

    A 2005 graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Technical Education, he is married to Jeanne, has one daughter Haley (Brian), and is blessed with one grandchild.

    Contact Dave: dkarpanty@yahoo.com


  • deacon dennis rife

    deacon

    Deacon Dennis is married to his wife Jeannie and they have four children, Brandon, Lindsey, Jeremy, and Noah. They joined the parish after graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1995. Dennis is self employed and works with Savage and Associates as a financial planner helping both individuals and businesses with their long term planning. Jeannie is a CPA for a local accounting firm in Perrysburg. Dennis was ordained in 2013 and is very happy to be here at St. Patrick's. Three of their kids have graduated from St. Pat's and Noah is currently here in middle school. Please say "hi" if you haven't met them, they would love to meet you.

    Contact Dennis  dennis.rife@savageandassociates.com