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FR. EDMUND F. VARGAS – Featured Filipino Calgarian

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Fr Edmund Vargas has been the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in downtown Calgary since August 2001. He has been designated as the diocesan spiritual advisor of the Catholic Women’s League in the Diocese of Calgary since September 2001. He is also a designated member of St. Mary’s College University Community Advisory Council since January 2003. He is also involved in the Fire in the Rose, an ecumenical program on family violence and healing. He currently writes a column “Metaphors from a Priest” for a local Filipino paper.

He is an active member of the newly formed Phil-Can Tennis Association in Calgary. For several years now, he has been part of the Pilipino Masters Basketball Association of Calgary

Born on December 2, 1955,  Edmund F. Vargas was ordained priest on April 28, 1979 in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines.  He finished his priestly studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila where he earned the degrees of Master of Arts in Higher Religious Studies and Licentiate in Sacred Theology.  He was part of the editorial staff of the Varsitarian, the official student publication of the university for three academic years. For seventeen years, he served in various pastoral responsibilities in the Diocese of Virac, including as principal of the Immaculate Conception Seminary-Academy, chancellor-secretary and director of the Social Action office.  He served as executive secretary of the Luzon Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, based in Manila. While serving in the diocese, he was also a regular columnist of the Catanduanes Tribune, a local weekly newspaper.

When he arrived in Calgary in August 1996, he temporarily stayed at St. Mark’s Church in NE Calgary until he was assigned as associate pastor of Holy Spirit Church from November 1996 to July 1999. From August 1999 to July 2001, he was pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Strathmore, Alberta.  In 2007, he attended the three-month sabbatical program at Institute for Continuing Theological Education in Rome.



One Comment on "FR. EDMUND F. VARGAS – Featured Filipino Calgarian"

  1. merlina mamuric on Sun, 20th Jun 2010 10:08 am 

    Dear Father Edmund,
    My name is merlina mamuric. I have written you this e-mail for the reason that my husband and me are post celebrating our silver wedding anniversary this year on final date august 29, 2010. Our wedding date is June 16, 1985 in the philippines. We would like to request that you will officiate our renewal of vows at Sacred Heart on August 29, 2010. Will you be able to accommodate for us? We are doing the wedding ceremony just like in the philippines for the ceremony. 10 a.m., 11 am or 2pm will be the time, will it be possible for you? Father Edmund, I hope and pray you will. Please let us know if it will fit your schedule. Our 25th year anniversary is worth celebrating to give give glory to God for how God restored and transformed us with our consistent faith and walk with him. The trials we went through are unimaginable and with God’s grace God has restored and transformed ud into better persons. Our celebrations is geared to give thanks with our grateful hearts and to celebrate for HIS unconditional love and amazing grace HE showered to us. Kindly let me know if it is possible for you to officiate our renewal of vows on August 29, 2010. Thank you andI look forward to hearing from you.
    Very truly yours,
    merlina







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