Vandenakker, Fr. John

Jun 15, 1985

What was your background before you joined the CC?
I was a seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Ottawa back in 1984. In January of that year I began to meet with Fr. Bob Bedard and two other young men in a ‘Share Group’ for mutual spiritual support. Out of this group sprang the Companions of the Cross in 1985.

What led you to join this community?

I feel very blessed to have been with the community from the very beginning. I have seen the amazing way the Lord brought everything together. The Companions of the Cross truly are a ‘work’ and ‘gift’ of the Holy Spirit. I feel privileged, thankful, and humbled by all that has happened since then.

What kind of ministry are you doing now?
I recently served as Pastor of Queen of Peace parish in Houston Texas. I have a doctoral degree in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and am currently teaching at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

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