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Fr. John Vandenakker, CC

B.A., B.Th., M.Th., S.T.L., D.Th., Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology & Director of Graduate Pastoral Formation, B.A. (Philosophy) Carleton University, 1981; B.Th. St. Paul University, 1983; M.Th., 1985;S.T.L. St. Paul University, 1991; S.T.D., Gregorian University (Rome), 1993. At SHMS 2012-present.


Fr. John Vandenakker was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. Since then he has belonged to a new community of priests known as the Companions of the Cross ( Some of his previous assignments include:

Pastor of Queen of Peace parish, Houston, TX (2008-12)

Assistant Professor of Theology Dominican College, Ottawa, ON (2000-2008)

Moderator of the Companions of the Cross (1997-2000)

Pastor of St. Maurice parish, Ottawa, ON (1993-1997)

Other parish & community assignments & teaching (St. Paul University, Ottawa, ON + St. Augustine Seminary, Toronto, ON)

Fr. John lives in residence with his fellow Companions of the Cross priests and seminarians at St. Scholastica parish, Detroit (in the former Benedictine Monastery there). On Sundays he assists with Masses at the Sacred Heart / St. Athanasius cluster of parishes in Roseville.