About

Parkhill is a student residence for men near the University of Ottawa campus. Here, we seek to offer an academic, cultural and social environment where students can mature in all aspects of their capacities. Parkhill seeks to attract students who wish to pursue their studies to the best of their ability and at the same time participate in the family life of the house, making their stay here as much a home for others as for themselves.

Through its programs of formation and activities, Parkhill has helped countless individuals to see their studies, work, and family responsibilities as opportunities for personal growth and channels for contributing to society.

Since 1992, through its programs of formation and activities, Parkhill has helped a large number of young men to see their studies, work, and family responsibilities as opportunities for personal growth and channels for contributing to society.

Activities of Christian formation at Parkhill are entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution in the Catholic Church that helps people find God in their everyday life. 

Organisation

Parkhill is owned and operated by the Association for Cultural and Educational Development (ACED), a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1992 and recognized as a charitable organization (registration no. 899613871 RR 0001).

Director

Jean-Denis Paz

Jean-Denis was born in 1987. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Laval University, and a B.A. in Education at the University of Ottawa. He also completed a M.A. in Education at Laval University. He taught for the French Catholic School Board in Toronto and worked with children from junior kindergarten to grade 6 before moving to Ottawa in 2019 as the new director of Parkhill.

Chaplain

Fr. Salva Rego

Fr. Salvador Rego (Fr. Salva) was born in Spain in 1976. In his late teens he moved to Canada to study Chemical Engineering at McGill University. For eleven years he worked in the private sector and as a university researcher in Ottawa and Toronto. Part of this experience allowed him to complete a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has helped in the Christian formation of young people and married men including those who participate in the activities of Parkhill Residence. In 2014 he moved to Rome to finish his studies in theology and prepare for ordination at the seminary of Opus Dei. He was one of 31 priests ordained in 2017 by Cardinal Bertello in the Roman basilica of Saint Eugene. He completed a doctoral thesis in the Institute of Liturgy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His first appointment upon his return to Canada was as chaplain of Riverview Centre in Montreal. In 2020 he began serving as chaplain of Parkhill Residence.

Opus Dei

The parents and educators who make Parkhill a reality are inspired by the message of St. Josemaria. He founded Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church to which the activities of spiritual formation organized by Parkhill are entrusted.

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain in 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in Saragossa on 28 March 1925. On October 2, 1928 he founded Opus Dei. After suffering persecution during the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) he set up some of the first student residences in Madrid and other cities in Spain. From 1946 onwards he lived and worked in Rome, overseeing the growth and expansion of Opus Dei throughout the world. The first members of Opus Dei arrived in Canada in 1957. Parkhill opened its doors in 1992. 

St. Josemaria died in 1975. Pope John Paul II canonized him in Saint Peter’s square on October 6, 2002.

You can read his written works and learn more about his life here.