Fr John Vandenakker2024
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology / Spiritual Director
Fr. John Vandenakker, CC
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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.




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