296 Cedar Street South
Phone: 705-268-3053
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Our Pastor


Father John Lemire was born and raised in Timmins. He is the son of Maurice and Norma Lemire and brother to Natalie and Kevin. He was baptized at Sacred Heart Parish on July 13, 1969. While growing up his home parish was Church of the Nativity.

He attended St. Paul's School St. Theresa's School and graduated in June 1988 from O'Gorman High School.

In September 1988, he entered St. Peter's Seminary (London, ON) to begin his formation and studies. In June 1991, he graduated from King's College (University of Western Ontario) with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy). Continuing his studies, he received his Masters of Divinity from St. Peter's Seminary (University of Western Ontario) in October 1995.

Fr. John completed his internship at Holy Name of Jesus Parish (Kirkland Lake) and was ordained to the transitional diaconate on March 31, 1995.

He was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Timmins on May 4, 1996 at St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral by Bishop Gilles Cazabon, omi.

After his ordination, he served as Associate Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus (Kirkland Lake) from May 1996 to May 1999. He was appointed Administrator of Nativity of Our Lord Parish (Timmins) for the month of June 1999.

From July 1999 to June 2014 he served as Pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (New Liskeard). From September 2002 to June 2014, he also served as Pastor of St. Patrick's Parish (Cobalt) and ministered to both communities simultaneously.

In addition to his Parish responsibilities, Fr. John is Coordinator of Vocations for the Diocese of Timmins (English Pastoral Region) as well as Director of Liturgy (English Pastoral Region). He was appointed to the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese as well as to the College of Consultors in January 2008 and continues to serve in this capacity.

Since 1994 he has served as the primary instructor for the OECTA / OCSTA AQ Courses in Religious Education for the Northeastern Catholic District School Board. In April 2008, he was appointed as the diocesan representative on the Catholic Faith Advisory Committee of the Northeastern District Catholic School Board. He also serves as a members of Tragic Events Teams for the Northeastern District Catholic School Board. 

Outside of his diocesan ministry, Fr. John is the President of the Ontario Diocesan Vocation Directors Association (ODVDA), a member of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission for Priests and the President of the Diocesan Vocation Directors of Canada (DVDC). Since May 2008 he has served as Chair of the Board for Priests for Life Canada, a national pro-life organization that works with Catholic clergy to build a culture of life.

He is also the proud uncle of 1 niece (Sarah) and 4 nephews (Cameron, Andrew, Alex and Nathan). Cameron and Nathan live in Timmins and Sarah, Andrew and Alex reside in Newmarket.

On June 30, 2014 he was appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and looks forward to his time and ministry with the Parish. Parishioners can contact Fr. John by phone (705-268-3053), email (frjohnlemire2@gmail.com) or by arranging an appointment with him.