Faculty of Divinity Members Respond to COVID-19: Hernan Astudillo

Posted: May 11, 2020

Members of Trinity’s Faculty of Divinity community are working on the frontlines of COVID-19. Read a few of their stories in response to the pandemic.

Hernan Astudillo in his church

Hernan Astudillo

Current Faculty of Divinity Doctor of Ministry student Fr. Hernan Astudillo is the parish priest of San Lorenzo Anglican Church in the Diocese of Toronto.

Since arriving in Canada from Ecuador as a political refugee, he has engaged with the Latin American immigrant community in the region. During the COVID-19 pandemic, his church has continued to work to support its community through daily, weekly biblical reflections and Sunday liturgies – broadcast on the radio and internet. Hernan has also been busy providing pastoral assistance at funerals for Latino families who are victims of COVID-19, particularly from the construction industry. His online and radio programs reach an audience as far away as New York and New Jersey, since the Latino communities in those states has been particularly devastated.

Submitted by Fr. Hernan Astudillo 


Andrea Budgey in the Trinity QuadMDiv alum and Trinity’s Humphrys Chaplain The Rev. Andrea Budgey volunteers in the community to help those hardest hit by the pandemic.




Jenni King Feheley at her church food bank

MDiv alum Jenni King Feheley brings awareness of the local food bank plight; her Fabulous Fridays and The Green Door series supports families & children during the pandemic.




Maggie Helwig in the church kitchen preparing food

MDiv alum The Rev. Maggie Helwig expands her church’s already-active street outreach programming to support the most vulnerable members of the community.




Chris Brittain DivBunker video

Dean Christopher Brittain’s video messages from the DivBunker to the Faculty of Divinity community.