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Our Founder

Fr. Bob Bedard, CC

Fr. Bobb PortraitFr. Bob Bedard, CC was a truly remarkable man of God.

Convinced of the infinite love of God, the active Presence of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, he yearned wholeheartedly to extend the Kingdom of God.  As a much loved high school principal, teacher, and basketball coach, he brought many young people into fervent commitment to the faith. As a fiery preacher and pioneer of the New Evangelization and the Marian movement he influenced the lives of untold numbers of people. Known for his call to radical surrender to the Lord, he sought to help renew the Church and make it always fully Catholic, imbued with an Evangelical heart, and filled with Pentecostal fire.

In 1985 he founded the Companions of the Cross to provide a supportive fraternal life for priests and to extend the mission of evangelization. He is fondly remembered for his unparalleled passion for the Lord, his gentle fatherly care, and incredible sense of humour. Many embrace him as their ‘spiritual Father in Christ’, including the Companions of the Cross, the Servants of the Cross (our associated sisterhood), and our many Lay Associates.  

Many people who did not have the opportunity to know Fr. Bob personally have come to know him and his spirituality through his books, articles, talks, and the testimony of others. We invite you to get to know and love our founder – as his life was completely devoted to knowing and loving Christ.

You can get to know Fr. Bob more through his key teachings and autobiographical materials, testimonies and sharing of how his has affected people's lives, and memorial media.