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Dale Aalbers

Where are you from?

I am from Lloydminster on the Alberta/ Saskatchewan border. But, I grew up moving all over the prairies because of my Dad’s work. 

When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?

As a child I was really interested in becoming a politician or a professional football player.

What was your background before you joined the Companions of the Cross?

Prior to joining the Companions of the Cross, I studied at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College, St. Therese School of Faith and Mission and finished my degree at St. Stephen’s University. A highlight of university was being able to spend semesters studying abroad in Southeast Asia and Europe.

What are your special interests?

Some of my many passions include sports, reading, history, the outdoors, travel, movies, food, talking with people and listening to interesting podcasts. 

Who, or what, inspires you?

There are several different motivators in my life, including my friends, family, the saints and my fellow Companions of the Cross. All these people challenge me to become more holy, to love more, and to be closer to Jesus. 

What led you to join the Companions of the Cross? Could you briefly explain your vocations story?

While growing up, I always looked up to priests as role models. While attending different conferences I met some of the Companions of the Cross priests and I was very impressed by their zeal, humility and normalcy. I had been interested in the priesthood off and on for many years, but I wasn’t ready to take the next step of discernment.

“While praying on an All Saints day, I couldn’t escape the desire and longing to become a priest and serve God’s people.”

At this point, I began in earnest to actively discern and follow through with this calling. I looked into other types of priests, but my formation and life experience, along with the Companions’ brotherhood, ministry and zeal for evangelization, all helped draw me to this community.

Dale Aalbers Portrait