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Press Release - The Companions to Ordain Dcn. Marcus Schonnop

Ottawa, ON – It is with great joy that the Companions of the Cross announce the upcoming ordination to the priesthood of Dcn. Marcus Schonnop, CC. The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be conferred through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by the Most Reverend Terence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall on Saturday August 15, 2020 at 10:00 am at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. 

Due to restrictions on gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID 19, the ordination will be livestreamed. Everyone is invited to join us at: 

“COVID-19 has changed so many things throughout the world, including my plans for ordination,” said Dcn. Marcus who was originally scheduled to be ordained in June. “What hasn't changed though, is God's love for me and His call, inviting me to follow after Him and to be a priest after His own heart.”

Marcus Schonnop, from Surrey, BC, fully entered the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil of 2010. He is a convert from agnosticism. His life was radically changed as a university student attending a RiseUp conference put on by Catholic Christian Outreach. During a night of adoration, he felt, and he knew that God was real, that Jesus died for our sins, and that God had a definite plan for his life. Marcus became a missionary with NET Ministries of Canada for a year, leading to eventually discerning priesthood. He joined the Companions of the Cross in 2012, leaving behind a career in forestry. 

“This is a hopeful and happy event for all of us,” said Fr. Roger Vandenakker, General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. “We are blessed to have a new member in our community who will be dedicated to serve God and his people.”  

Marcus Schonnop’s first assignment as priest will be Associate Pastor at St. Maurice Parish, a vibrant community in the west end of Ottawa. “I am excited for all that the Lord has in store, and I give Him thanks in advance for what He will do with me, in me, and through me,” said Dcn.Marcus. 

The Companions of the Cross were founded by Fr. Bob Bedard in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1985. It is a Community of 37 priests, two Bishops, and 16 seminarians serving in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Detroit, and Houston.  

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