Our Lady Of Faith Community

A group of people who wished to attend Mass in English was lead by a Holy Ghost priest, Fr Frank Culhane, in the 1960s and 1970s. Eventually, in order to exist officially, the Association of Our Lady of Faith was founded. Responsibility for the Association rests with the Council. However, it is a Mission Council, rather than a parish Council as Our Lady of Faith is a mission, not a parish. The Association is a legal entity according to the civil law and is governed by that law.

When the Federation of Catholic Parishes was formed, the Association joined in with this manner of organising the Roman Catholic Church in a Protestant state, the Canton of Vaud. The chapel at Béthusy became the seat of the Association and the Community numbers waxed and waned as years passed.

In 2001, access to the chapel at Champittet was graciously permitted by the proprietors and the Directors of the college.

Today, few of the founding members remain in Switzerland and most of the people who worship with us are not aware of the great work that those individuals have bequeathed to us.

Thus, it is not only important that our Community and visitors are aware of the history of the Association but that they are also sensitive to its needs so that they may contribute their talents and time in serving the Mission.

WHO’S WHO

The Association of Our Lady of Faith is a legal body in terms of civil law.  It has an administrative council and an Annual General Meeting.  The Council of the Association is elected each year at the AGM, which is held on a Sunday morning (in order to attract as many participants as possible) usually in the first quarter of the year.  If you would like to put yourself forward as a future Council member please send an email ahead of the next AGM to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr Stephen Gilhooley – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fr Steve joined Our Lady of Faith in 2010 as Director of the Mission.

 

 

 

 

Giorgio Margaritondo – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Giorgio has lived in Switzerland since 1990, currently in Renens.  He is a Swiss citizen and President of the Council. 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Gaughan – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Margaret came to Switzerland, from Ireland, in 1999, and has been a member of the Mission since her arrival.  She is married, with two sons in university and is currently living in Vevey.  She is the Vice President of the Council. 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Bruce – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Andrea has lived in Switzerland for 9 years. She is a British citizen, is married with two teenage children.  A UK qualified accountant, Andrea has been our Treasurer since December 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Molaschi – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pam joined Our Lady of Faith in 1999 when she moved to Switzerland from the UK, having spent ten years in HK and one in Australia.  She is married, has a teenage daughter and lives in Grandvaux.  Secretary of the Council, Pam co-ordinates our Catechism Programme and takes care of administrative matters for the Mission.

 

 

 

 

Liz Coates – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

In 2005, Liz followed husband, Terry, to Switzerland with teenage children (who have now flown the nest).  She has been a member of Our Lady of Faith since then. 

 

 

 

 

Terry Coates – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Terry has been a member of the Mission since 2004.  He lives in Pully and is married to Liz, with two grown children. 

 

 

Colette McEvoy – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Colette has been a member of our Mission since 1987.  She lives in Epalinges, has dual citizenship: Swiss/Irish, and is married with three grown-up daughters.  Recently elected to Council, Colette previously served from 1996-98.

 

 

Gwen Gannon – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Gwen is French, married to an Irish man and they have three children.  She has lived in Switzerland since 2008, currently in Vers chez les Blanc, and has served on the Council since 2013.

 

 

Subin George – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Subin has been a Council member since 2010.  He set up our website and is our go-to person for all our technical needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aoife Hoitink This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Originally from Ireland, Aoife has lived internationally for 20 years and returned to Switzerland for the second time two years agoShe is married to a Dutchman, Rob, and has a daughter, Saoirse, age 9.  Aoife has been involved with the Catechism Programme at Our Lady of Faith since her return to Switzerland and is teaching one of our First Holy Communion classes.

 

 

 

 

John Mwika – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

John came to Switzerland from Kenya in June 2013 to be with his family after his wife was transferred to work here.  He is married with two children and lives in Pully.  John joined the church Council in 2014, helps in the sacristy and with the collection money.

 

 

 

 

Dairin Pernet – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dairin has been a member of Our Lady of Faith since moving to Lausanne in 2008. Originally from Navan, Ireland, she is living in Lausanne with her Swiss husband, Jerome, and two sons (aged 5 and 1).  Dairin organises our Children’s Liturgy and social events for the mission.