Father Rony Doritan Grayda was born on January 17, 1966 in San Isidro, Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines. He is the 5th of nine children. Father Rony felt a calling to the priesthood when he was six years old, after receiving his first Holy Communion.
From 1991 to 1998, he worked as nursing aide and served for seven years at the Pontifical of Sto. Thomas University Hospital in Manila. On May 26, 1998, he graduated from the University of Manila and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Community Health Services.
On December 28, 1998, Father Rony was accepted to the Religious Congregation of the Ardorini Missionaries in Woodbridge, Ontario. He spent the next eight years studying philosophical courses at the Oratory of St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto (1999-2001). In 2006, he graduated from St. Augustine’s Seminary (Toronto School of Theology) and received his Master’s degree in Theological Studies.
Consequently, on May 26, 2006, he took his first religious profession at the Ardorini Chapel in Woodbridge. He was ordained a deacon on July 3rd, 2005 by His Excellency Gianfranco Todisco, and then, on May 13, 2006, he was ordained a religious priest at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto by His Eminence Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church on that same day.
On August 24, 2008, Father Rony was appointed associate pastor to Rev. Father Jose Maria Naranjo (deceased July 31 ,2012). On March 30, 2012, he was appointed as Vice Novice Master of the Ardorini Missionaries in Woodbridge.
On August 1, 2012, he received his letter of appointment from the office of His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto as the 17th Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Church in Woodbridge.
From 1926 to present, Father Rony is the first Filipino who became member of the Congregation of the Pii Operai Catichisti Rurali (P.O.C.R) or the Ardorini Missionaries.
Father Rony is an energetic and fun loving person. The St. Margaret Mary Parish community is blessed by his enthusiastic personality and many creative talents.
The publication of this biography coincides with the October 28, 2012 installation of Father Rony as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish. We extend our warmest congratulations and full support to Father Rony as he assumes his new responsibilities in our parish.
Installation As Pastor - October 28th, 2012