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Fr. Francis Donnelly

Fr. Francis Donnelly Portrait

What was your background before you joined the CC?
I was born in Galway, Ireland, and my family migrated to Montreal, Quebec. I was ordained for the Archdiocese of Montreal. I was in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and worked on the marriage tribunal. I became the Diocesan Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and was a leader in a covenant community in Montreal.

What led you to join this community?
I was convicted that the Companions represented a chance for renewal of priestly ministry and life, and of my own need for priestly community. I saw the possibility of being involved in the formation of priests. I shared the Companions’ vision of Christian renewal, charismatic ministry, evangelization, ecumenism, Marian movement, and renewal of parishes.

What kind of ministry are you doing now?
Since joining the Companions, I have taught History and Canon Law, preached missions and retreats, directed outreach to the poor, served on the Formation Team and Executive Council, and did parish ministry—in Canada, the USA, and the Philippines. I am currently Associate Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa, Ontario.