Monday, August 31, 2009

Companions of the Cross Leadership Team

From the Mission Statement of the Companions of the Cross:

We are a Roman Catholic community of priests, committed to living and ministering together as brothers in the Lord. We are called to the ongoing renewal of the Church through a dynamic evangelization in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.

We proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all we are called to serve, with special attention to parish communities, the poor, youth, and those alienated from the Church.

Next year, the Companions of the Cross will celebrate 25 years of their existence, first as a group of priests and seminarians of the Ottawa Archdiocese who came together to foster fraternity on the way towards, and within, the life of the diocesan priesthood. Later they became an entity separate from the Archdiocese and more recently have been recognized as a Society of Apostolic Life of diocesan right.

This week, the CC members are in the Ottawa region for meetings and a retreat. It seemed like a good time to meet with the leadership, so they came to my residence for dinner, prayer and conversation. It was a delightful evening.

Please keep them in prayer during these days of prayer and reflection and remember particularly their founder, Father Bob Bedard, who in mid-July celebrated his 80th birthday as he continues to recover from serious health issues.

Left to right: Fathers Rick Jaworski, Francis Donnelly, Scott McCaig (Moderator), Pierre Ingram (Director of Formation), Christian Riesbeck

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