Youth Leaders

melissaMelissa Monette

Youth Minister/Coordinator

Hi, I’m Melissa.  I’ve been involved in Blessed Sacrament’s Youth Ministry since 2005 (I think). I graduated from St. Peter Catholic High School, University of Ottawa and Saint melissa1Paul University.  I have an BA in English (surprising based on how I speak), a B.Th (Bachelor of Theology) and I am currently in the Counseling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality masters program at Saint Paul University.  I sound, like, super smart, but really it’s all hard work, great professors who care and God’s grace.  I have no siblings.  I like dogs, spicy food, and make-up. I like Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Drake, and Rend Collective music (I am still a Belieber).  I’ve see every single Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg movie ever made.  In prayer I love to chat with St. Pope John XXIII, St. Edith Stein, and St. Francis of Assisi (Assisi is almost my favourite place in the entire world) but most of all, my man, Jesus.  I like to read when I have time, watch Gilmore Girls, Chicago Fire and PD, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  I have a weird obsession with watching documentaries.  I love board games and escape rooms.  I am vegan and I hate mushrooms.  I also really love baseball.  Go Jays Go! #LetsRise #Tulo #OsunaMatata

 iona1Iona Lloren


Youth Leader

Hi, I’m Iona.  I’ve been involved in Blessed Sacrament’s Youth Ministry since I was in grade 6.  That’s a long time. I graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in 2015.  I’m studying Accounting in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and even though it stresses me out I actually really like it.  (Don’t tell my folks!)  I like to watch make-up tutorials on YouTube, eat spicy food, eat mushrooms and ox tail (which is awesome cause it freaks the heck out of Melissa).  My fav shows are One Tree Hill and Friends.  I like Justin Timberlake or anything R&B or HipHop (I’m still a Belieber though).  I love Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi and JP2.  I have 2 brothers and I hope to one day own a dog.  I also really love basketball. Go Raptors Go! #WeTheNorth


gracenGracen Hashem

Youth Leader

Hi, I’m Gracen.  I’ve been involved in Blessed Sacrament’s Youth Ministry since I was in grade 6.  I graduated from St. iona-and-gracenPatrick’s Catholic High School, where I was on student council basically my entire life, in 2016.  I am studying Biology at the University of Ottawa by day and I am a swimming instructor and life guard by night (and weekends and summer vacation from school).  I have 2 brothers and 1 sister.  I like middle eastern food (not just cause I’m Lebanese) and Pad Thai.  I’m really into Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift music. I like to watch Revenge, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder.  I never miss a movie with Dave Franco or Will Smith and I like to read and chill with my homies. St Paul and St. Anthony are where it’s at but most of all, I love Jesus.

untitled Matt Marín

Youth Leader

Hola! My name is Matt. I am a Carleton University student pursuing a degree in Global and International Studies, with a specialization in Global Law and Social Justice (yeah, that’s a mouth full!). I am originally from Barrie, Ontario (an hour north of Toronto) and have been a part of Youth Ministry since I was in grade six. I am always up to watch movies, play games and talk about politics.  I pic 2have always been proud of my Catholic identity and am a strong supporter of it. My favourite saint is St. Maximilian Kolbe. If you ever need to get my attention tell me: 1. You have free candy 2. We are going to watch Aladdin 3. It’s prayer time (woot woot!). I also have a challenge for you: introduce yourself to me, let’s become friends! Challenge accepted?