Rev. John Vandenakker, CC

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology / Spiritual Director
Office Hours: 
By appointment only.
B.A. (Philosophy) Carleton University,Ottawa - 1981;
B.Th. Saint Paul University, Ottawa - 1983;
M.Th. Saint Paul University, Ottawa - 1985 & S.T.L. Saint Paul University, Ottawa - 1991;
S.T.D., Gregorian University, Rome - 1993.
Bio / Information: 

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:

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology / Spiritual Director, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI (2012 - present)


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 Visitation House, Detroit (in the former P.I.M.E. Residence & Office). On Sundays he assists with Masses at various AoD parishes.