About Us


Our Pastor – Fr. David Reitzel

Fr. David grew up in Waterloo, Ontario. While studying Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Fr. David felt the call to become a priest. He studied Philosophy at St. Philip’s Seminary, Toronto and Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Scarborough. Fr. David was ordained for the Diocese of Hamilton in 2016.

Since his ordination, Fr. David has served as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew’s Parish, Oakville and St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Hamilton.

Fr. David is currently the Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish and has held that position since June 2018.

Associate Priest – Fr. Scott Whitfield

Father Whitfield served as a minister of the Anglican Church of Canada, and was able to receive Holy Orders within the Catholic Church, through the initiative of St. John Paul II, to welcome Anglican and Episcopal priests and allow them to continue their ministries through ordination as a Catholic priest. Father Whitfield is married to Biserka and they have a daughter, Helena.

Prior to entering Christian ministry in the Anglican Church, Fr. Whitfield worked briefly in journalism and corporate communications, and for a time, worked in the political sphere in Ottawa. Fr. Whitfield has served as a Catholic priest in St. Thomas Parish in Waterdown, ON and is a welcome addition to our parish staff.

Fr. Whitfield and his family live in Hamilton.

Pastoral Assistant – Susan Klunder

Susan Klunder has been a member of the parish since 1970, and has worked and enjoyed her role on the staff as a Pastoral Assistant in  our parish community since 2002.  Susan enjoys sharing her faith with others through various activities in the parish.

Office Assistant – Donna Coruzzi

Donna Coruzzi has  been with the parish since 2016 as Office Assistant. She is usually the first contact in our parish office and is always conscientious about assisting parishioners and others who call with inquiries. She handles the day to day duties in our busy parish office.

Financial Assistant and Human Resources – Barb Kasmierski

Barb assists with the day to day financial components of our parish community and assists with managing human resources. Barb comes from a financial background and is contracted on a part time basis.

Director of Music – Vincent DiGregorio

Vincent has served as the Director of Music in our parish for many years. He assists our musicians and schedules them for service, directs the Catholic Women’s League choir and provides leadership for our music ministries. He serves at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish and St. Patrick Parish in Burlington, ON.

Maintenance – Nick Staresina

Nick is new to our parish team. He helps with repairs and basic maintenance around our parish facilities on a contracted part time basis.