Ordination of Deacon Marcus Schonnop, new formation house mark new chapter for Canadian-based society in Detroit
DETROIT — The Companions of the Cross, a Canadian-born society of priests and seminarians, continues to flourish in Detroit with the acquisition of a new residence to house its formation program in the city.
Founded in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1985 by Fr. Robert Bedard and established as a society of apostolic life in 2003, the Companions first arrived in Detroit in 2011, when the community enrolled three seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
Today, the community has 18 seminarians, plus a formation team and several priests in Detroit, who minister at St. Scholastica Parish and the Wayne State University Newman Center.
“It meets our needs very well,” says Fr. Pierre Ingram, director of formation for the Companions of the Cross, said of the new residence in northwest Detroit's university district, at 17330 Quincy St. “The guys are excited about having a home base.”