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Our Foundations

The Companions of the Cross minister within Canada and the United States. Please see below to discover more about the ministries in each area: Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Houston and Detroit.

You are also welcome to read more about our ministries — how we are called to participate in the ongoing renewal of the Church.
 

Discerning a new Foundation

We are often asked whether we have plans to expand to a particular diocese or city. From the very early days of our community, our Founder invited us to be open to the possibility that the Lord may lead us anywhere. So we do not place any preconceived restrictions on the location of future foundations. We will go wherever the Lord sends us, and we know he is the God of the unexpected. Our leadership will give sincere consideration to any legitimate proposal. But we do have some specific criteria to help us discern whether the Lord is indeed calling us to open a new foundation:

  1. We are invited by a welcoming and supportive bishop.
  2. We will be able to assign a minimum of four priests to full-time ministry.
  3. The foundation can provide living accommodations for a minimum of five or six persons.
  4. Our priests will be able to engage in team/shared ministry assignments, if feasible.
  5. Ministry assignments are in reasonably close proximity to living accommodations.
  6. There will be real openness and acceptance of our charism (evangelization and community life) and spirituality (charismatic, Eucharistic, magisterial, and Marian).
  7. We are given a concrete offer leading to a clear contract.
  8. Ordinarily, ministries in the new foundation will be financially viable and sustainable (exceptions are possible in exceptional cases).
  9. Cultural differences are not too great (unless a true “mission” ministry is envisioned).
  10. The new foundation will be in sufficient proximity to Ottawa or to other foundations to enable ongoing contact and support.
  11. There may be secondary benefits in a given location (e.g. possible collaboration with like-minded movements or institutions).
  12. Our community at large is at peace with the eventual choice, and we have men willing to go.
  13. The proposed ministries are in accord with the mission of our society (see C42–C49).

Not all of the above criteria are of equal weight, and exceptions are possible, but in general we will want all of them to be met before agreeing to undertake an expansion to a new geographic location.

Current Foundations

Ottawa

St. Mary’s Parish

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St. Mary’s Parish is a warm and welcoming community of Catholic believers called to personally encounter the living Jesus Christ and to fully live the graced and abundant lives of His Kingdom.

Community of Brothers: Fr. Yves Marchildon, Fr. Sean Wenger

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish

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Queen of the Most Holy Rosary is a small parish in the heart of the City of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

Community of Brothers: Fr. Rick Jaworski

St. Maurice Parish

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Our Ottawa parish is a vibrant Catholic community which serves over 900 families through many parish ministries and activities.

Seminarian on internship: Miguel Perez

Community of Brothers: Fr. Tim Devine, Fr. Lawrence Hyginus

Annunciation of the Lord Parish

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Journeying in the New Evangelization and a Stewardship Heart.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Rob Arsenault, Fr. John Likozar

    Toronto

    Catholic Chaplaincy at York University

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    The Catholic Chaplaincy at York is dedicated to the mission of the Catholic Church on campus. Through evangelization and the sacraments, we strive to bring students into a deeper relationship with the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, leading them into an experience of His transforming love so that they would generously follow and serve Him in their lives.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Marc Syrenne, Fr. Ben St. Croix

    St. Timothy's Parish

    St. Timothy's Parish Photo

    Gathered from many nations we are a spirit-filled, welcoming Roman Catholic Community. Centered on the Eucharist we encounter the Living God in Work, Worship and Love of one another. In the image of Christ, we are empowered to serve and evangelize all people.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Roger Vandenakker, Fr. Daren Bryk

    Halifax

    Holy Trinity Pastoral Unit (Office)

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    The parishioners of St John Vianney, St Elizabeth Seton and St Francis of Assisi comprise the three Roman Catholic Churches within the Lower Sackville/Mount Uniacke area. We are an active and vibrant parish, both rooted in our pastoral history, and looking to future potential of proclaiming our faith in Christ Jesus.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Bryan Sabourin, Fr. Kenneth Lao

    Saint Benedict Parish

    Saint Benedict Parish

    Our Purpose: To form disciples who joyfully live out the mission of Jesus Christ

    We believe that all are called to be on a spiritual journey and what matters is not where a person is on that journey, but actually being on the journey itself. Therefore, we seek to welcome all people regardless of the stage of their spiritual life, their struggles and failures.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Simon Lobo, Fr. Alex Colautti

    Houston

    Catholic Charismatic Center

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    We are dedicated to bringing all people to the full life of Jesus Christ and His Church through the empowering of the Holy Spirit. We are Roman Catholic and adhere strictly to all doctrines and regulations of the Catholic Church.

    A large number of Catholics attend Mass and participate in the numerous pastoral ministries. It also serves as a meeting place for conferences and a spritual Center for all Catholic groups in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston with a special outreach to the prayer groups/assemblies of this Diocese.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Mark Goring, Fr. Jorge Alvarado

    Queen of Peace Parish

    Queen of Peace Parish Photo

    We are dedicated to bringing people of all different backgrounds into a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, under the patronage of Mary, Queen of Peace.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. David Bergeron, Fr. Rubén Campbell

    Detroit

    St. Scholastica Parish

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    The mission of St. Scholastica Parish is to ensure that in this community there is a viable place for Catholic worship and a channel through which to serve. To provide continuing Christian formation for adults and an excellent education for youth: To bring into the church those who seek Christ or the renewal of their faith and to provide for the material needs of our community as a model of gospel values.

    Community of Brothers: Fr. John Paul Bolger

    Sacred Heart Major Seminary

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    Sacred Heart Major Seminary primarily forms priests according to the Heart of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, and further, prepares priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, equipping them for the work of ministry in the New Evangelization. 

    Seminarians currently studying at SHMS:

    • Kelly Aalbers
    • Dale Aalbers
    • Eran Amarasingha
    • Brenton Cordeiro
    • Kevin Darwent
    • Karl Hartman
    • Mark Hartman
    • Michael Horianopoulos
    • David Gomar
    • Joshua Grandmaison
    • Daniel Hudec
    • Isaac Longworth
    • Sebastian Muggeridge
    • Juan Pablo Orozco
    • Daniel Ramos
    • Marcus Schonnop
    • Timothy Silver
    • Chris Zettel
    Community of Brothers: Fr. Pierre Ingram, Fr. John Vandenakker

    Wayne State University Newman Catholic Center

    The Upper Room with Archbishop Vigneron

    We invite you to come, study, relax, hang out, pray, eat. There's a chapel, study rooms, lounge, kitchen, a piano–let it be your home away from home!

    Community of Brothers: Fr. Terry Donahue, Fr. John Fletcher