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44. Vancouver College Alumni in Religious Life

When Vancouver College was first founded, the Christian Brothers had the intention of nurturing and developing each student as a whole person, something that continues to this day. As a Catholic school, one important aspect of the whole person is that of faith, something that is reflected in the number of Vancouver College alumni who have gone on to live in religious life.

From Rev. Francis J. Nash (VC 1926), the first alumnus ordained to the priesthood in 1934, to Paul Vo (VC 2012), a seminarian attending Christ the King in Mission, more than 80 VC alumni have been ordained to the priesthood, deaconship, or as Christian Brothers. 

According to Rev. Mark Dumont (VC 1962), “in the first 40 years of its existence, 42 VC alumni were ordained or made profession: 33 priests and 9 religious brothers. In the last 60 years, in a time of falling numbers of vocations, another 29 priests and 7 religious brothers have made life commitments.” He notes that two VC alumni went on to become Bishops: James F. Carney (VC 1933), Archbishop of Vancouver from 1969 to 1990, and Mark Hagemoen (VC 1979). In 2013, Pope Francis named Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith and in 2017, he was installed as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon. 

Each student’s faith journey at VC will look different. Each student will choose his own path. Even in the case of alumni who have chosen religious life, this calling may or may not always be apparent to them during their time at the school.

Rev. Richard Conlin (VC 2006), ordained in December 2020, recounts, “Although I never once thought about becoming a priest during my time at VC but was rather fully convinced I’d play professional golf for the rest of my life, I am confident that God was planting seeds all along the way that eventually sprouted forth in my true vocation and life-calling to the priesthood.” 

Bishop Hagemoen once stated that “Vancouver College encourages young men to discover and apply their abilities and talents, and put them at the service of others. It is a distinctively ‘Catholic-Christian’ community: one’s talents and gifts are given to them by God to be shared, to serve others, and make the world a better place.” For those who choose to make the world a better place by choosing religious life, they are a living testament to the importance of faith in our faith and learning community. 

By: Karen Teufel

 


A list of Vancouver College Alumni in Religious Life: 

VC Grad Year Names Year of Ordination/Vows

1925

Rev. James S. McGivern, S.J. +

1937

1926

Rev. Francis J. Nash +

1934

1926

Br. Herman Sprechen O.F.M. +

1942

1927

Rev. Peter W. Nash, S.J. +

1944

1928

Rev. Clifford E. Tedlock C.SS.R. +

1937

1928

Rev. Leonard Wale, C.SS.R. +

1937

1928

Br. Garland P. Lyons F.S.C.H. +

1938

1929

Rev. John J. Evoy S.J. +

1943

1930

Rev. James M. Barry +

1939

1930

Rev. Peter Smeets +

1938

1930

Br. Paul. B. Whalen F.S.C.H. +

1937

1931

Rev. Peter E. McGuire +

1940

1933

Most Rev. James F. Carney +

1942

1934

Rev. Patrick O'Sullivan +

1943

1935

Rev. J. Brooks Costello S.J. +

1954

1935

Rev. Francis J. Rayner O.M.I. +

1945

1936

Rev. Barry W. Connolly S.J. +

1952

1937

Rev. Dominic Langi C.SS.R. +

1945

1937

Br. Henry Curran, C.S.C. +

1952

1939

Rev. James E. Fagan +

1950

1939

Rev. Richard H. Trame, S.J. +

1952

1940

Rev. H.I. Bader +

1947

1940

Rev. John E. MacKinnon C.SS.R. +

1949

1941

Rev. John M. Burns OM.I. +

1950

1941

Rev. Roland Joncas +

1957

1942

Rev. J. Alexander Macrae, O.M.I.

1955*

1942

Br. Wayne G. McIntyre CFC +

1950

1944

Rev. William M. O'Malley, S.J. +

1962

1944

Rt. Rev. Maurus Macrae, O.S.B. +

1963

1945

Rev. H.T. Swift, C.SS.R.

1955*

1945

Rev. William M. Sweeney, O.M.I. +

1959*

1945

Br. Joseph G. Fairleigh, F.S.C.H.

1956*

1945

Rev. J.A. Mulronery, S.J. +

1963*

1946

Rev. Wallace R. Chisholm, S.F.M. +

1954

1947

Rev. Neil Kelly, C.S.B. +

1962

1947

Rev. Paul Foran +

1955

1948

Rev. Lawrence Bileski, O.S.B. +

1957

1948

Rev. Leroy Neil Kelly, C.B.S. +

1962

1948

Rev. Joseph P. Carney +

1957*

1948

Rev. Charles B. Paris

1957*

1948

Rev. D. Anthony Varrall +

1959

1948

Rev. Henri Boyer de la Giroday, S.J.

TBC*

1949

Rev. Basil Foote, O.S.B. +

1957

1950

Br. Ronald H. Mackenzie, CFC +

1958

1950

Rev. Leo Sweeney, O.M.I. +

1965*

1950

Deacon Harold J. Graham

1976

1953

Br. J. P. Rowland, CFC +

1961

1955

Rev. Neil Macaulay, O.M.I.

1963

1956

Rev. William Somerville +

1969

1957

Br. Philip McClenaghan, O.S.A.

1961

1959

Rev. Bill Fletcher

1967*

1959

Rev. James Dukowski, O.M.I. +

1968

1959

Rev. George LaGrange, O.M.I.

1968

1960

Br. James T. McInnis, CFC +

1967*

1961

Rev. Maynard A. Boomars, OMI +

1979

1961

Br. James Wright, CFC

1968*

1962

Rev. Mark Richard Dumont, O.S.B

1971

1962

Br. William Carrothers, CFC

1972

1962

Br. Jean-Louis Brusset, OFM

1985

1964

Rev. H. Lawrence Holland

1991

1964

Rev. Francis (Frank) Salmon, OMI

1973

1965

Br. Francis Duff, CFC

1975

1965

Rev. Michael Storey

1973

1966

Rev. John (Jack) Walmesley

1974

1966

Rev. David Norman, OFM

1980

1967

Rev. Phillip Steigerwald +

1978

1967

Br. Charles Hancock CFC

1977

1968

Rev. Fabian MacDonald

1977

1970

Rev. Christopher Bernard, OSB

1989*

1970

Deacon Mike Boreham

2105

1970

Rev. Ian Stuart

1987

1973

Deacon Henk Luyten

2015

1975

Rev. Mark Bachmann, OSB

1991

1975

Rev. Michael Favero

1992

1979

Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen

1990

1979

Br. Gregory Hansler

2002

1983

Rev. Keith Roscoe

*

1988

Rev. James Hughes

1998

2001

Richard Aldaba

*

2003

Rev. Pablo Santa Maria

2012

2004

Rev. Joachim (Anthony) Aldaba

2017

2009

Rev. Juan Lucca

2017

2006

Rev. Richard Conlin

2020

2012

Paul Vo

 

 

Note: a * denotes alumni who have since left the vocation. 

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