Riesbeck, Bp. Christian

What was your background before you joined the CC?
Before I joined the CCs I was a student in Political Science at the University of Ottawa and was preparing to enter a career in International Law.

What led you to join this community? 
While studying for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) I was not at peace with the direction my life was taking. I had for a few years felt a persistent tapping at the door of my heart from the Lord prompting me to consider the priesthood. Through my experiences with a number of retreats and youth movements that just happened to be shepherded by Companions of the Cross priests, I was inspired to draw closer to the Lord and developed a deep desire to serve the Lord and his Church. One night while praying for direction, I remember asking the Lord where he wanted me to serve in his vineyard and that whatever it was I would do it. I opened up my bible to Luke 10:2 – “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few…” and I finally said “Yes” to the call to be a priest. When I made that decision, I was filled with joy and peace. I was led to a spiritual director who was also associated with the Companions of the Cross and was invited shortly thereafter to a meeting of the “brothers.” I was deeply impressed by the zeal for the Lord and his Church demonstrated by Fr. Bob Bedard and the young brothers in the community. I became an applicant nine months later.

What kind of ministry are you doing now? 
I am currently serving as the Bishop of the Diocese of Saint John.
I was ordained to the episcopate on March 19, 2014.
I was ordained to the priesthood on October 12, 1996.