Sunday, October 9, 2011

AMERICA: CANADA: RIP- FR. BOB BEDARD - COMPANIONS OF THE CROSS - FOUNDER

The founder of Companions of the Cross religious order has died. Fr. Robert Bedard died on Thursday, October 6, 2011. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was ordained a priest on June 6,1955 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Ottawa. He was a high-school teacher for many years.

In 1984 he began to meet with young men for a prayer group. This was the beginnings of the Companions. Archbishop Joseph Plourde provided an official blessing on February 11, 1988.

Archbishop Marcel Gervais issued the decree in May 2003 which confirmed the Companions of the Cross as a society of apostolic life. In that same year a companion order of Sisters was also established.

Today, the Companions of the Cross have establishments in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Houston and Detroit. They have 37 ordained priests as members.

FUNERAL INFORMATION (FROM COMPANIONS WEB SITE:

Funeral Mass - Wednesday, October 12

2:00 pm - Funeral Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, 385 Sussex Dr., presided by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ.
4:00 pm (approx) - Rite of Committal at Hope Cemetery, 4660 Bank St.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • We encourage you to consider carpooling or using public transit to go to the Cathedral. Although Ottawa police will be hooding the parking meters in the area of Sussex, Guigues, and St Patrick, it will still be difficult to find parking.
  • We expect large numbers to participate in the funeral Mass. Once the Cathedral is full, people will be directed downstairs to the hall, where chairs and a large screen will be set up. Michael Hanley of Food for Life television ministry will be providing a live broadcast of the liturgy on the screen. Priests will come down to distribute holy communion.
  • http://www.companionscross.org/

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