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Fr. Roger Vandenakker, CC Elected General Superior of the Companions of the Cross

Fr. Roger Vandenakker, CCDetroit, MI – At their General Assembly, the Companions of the Cross elected Fr. Roger Vandenakker, CC as General Superior to lead the community for the next six years.  

This election represents the next chapter for the Companions of the Cross as they build on the legacy of their late founder, Fr. Bob Bedard, CC.   

“Fr. Roger, who was the pastor at St. Timothy’s Parish in Toronto, ON, is one of the founding members of the Companions of the Cross.  He is originally from Ottawa and was ordained priest in 1989. His intense devotion to Mary and his charismatic personality are great assets that will lend themselves well to his leadership.”

Fr. Roger takes over the position from Fr. Michael Scherrey, CC who served in an interim capacity for the past six months. The Community is grateful for Fr. Michael’s commitment to the brotherhood.  

The Companions of the Cross were founded in 1985 by Fr. Bob Bedard in Ottawa, Canada. It is a thriving community of Catholic priests serving as pastors, professors, university chaplains, travelling missionaries and bishops. They minister in Canada (Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax) and in the United States (Detroit and Houston). The community is currently comprised of 2 bishops, 38 priests and 18 seminarians. 

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