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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Nuala grew up in Ireland, moved to Switzerland in 1984 to work at CHUV, and became a member of Our Lady of Faith that year.  She married Xavier in 1989 and they live in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne with their son, Jonathan, and daughter, Stephanie, who are both at University.  

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Xavier grew up in Switzerland and first joined the Mission in 1985 after meeting his future wife, Nuala.  They were married in 1989 by the then Mission priest, Fr Lamy.  After a working break away in 1990/1991 in California, they rejoined in 1991.  They live in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, with two grown children, Jonathan and Stephanie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Andrea has lived in Switzerland for 10 years. She is a British citizen, is married with two teenage children.  A UK qualified accountant, Andrea has been our Treasurer since December 2013.  She is not a member of the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

                                         

 

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.  A little known fact about Terry is that he is a warrior of the Berawan Tribe, Borneo!

 

 

 

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

 

Oliver moved to Switzerland from Cameroon in autumn 2001 and joined OLOF in summer 2002.  He moved from Lausanne to Lugano for studies in 2006 after which he lived in Bern and Murten.  During these years, he never really lost touch with OLOF as he showed up at Champittet for Sunday mass from time to time.  Oliver came back to Lausanne (Cugy) in 2013 and made an obvious dive for OLOF.  He is married to Rita and they have two young kids (Keluwi & Neria). Oliver joined the Council in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

George has been a member of the Mission since 2002, when he moved from India on a "short" mission.  He is currently residing in Chavannes-pres-Renens with his wife, Shiny, and their three children - Marianne, Michael and Mathieu.

 

 

 

 

 

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, and has three grown-up daughters.  Elected to Council in 2016, voted Vice President of the Council for 2017-18 and President for 2018-19, Colette previously served from 1996-98.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Mappet Walker - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mappet grew up in the Philippines and travelled frequently to Nigeria and the UK to visit her father.  She is an IT professional specialising in Programme/Project Management and LEAN deployment.  In 2015, she moved to Lausanne after a four year assignment in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.  She joined Our Lady of Faith in April 2016.  She and her husband, Richard, live in Chavornay, Vaud, and share a common passion for music and singing.  They have four grown children.