Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, Jan. 16, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street

Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

Rob was born and raised in Oakville.  After feeling a call to the priesthood he began his seminary training in 1986 at Resurrection College Seminary at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy in 1989 he began his theological training at St. Peter’s Seminary at the University of Western Ontario graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. Rob was ordained a Deacon on April 17, 1993 and a priest on May 7, 1994 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. While with the Diocese of Hamilton, he served in parishes in Brantford, Guelph and Hamilton.
In February of 2002 Rob’s orders were transferred to the Anglican Church of Canada and the Diocese of Niagara. From February 2002 until February 2004 Rob had the blessing of serving as the curate here at St. Jude’s in Oakville. In 2004 he was appointed Rector of St. George’s in St. Catharines where he served for nine years.  In 2006 he was appointed a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral by Bishop Ralph Spence. On April 8, 2013 Rob was appointed Rector of St. Jude’s in Oakville.
Rob also serves as a chaplain and officer with the Canadian Forces Army Reserve where he offers spiritual care to soldiers. During the Afghan conflict he has been offering support to the wounded and their families as well as to the families of the fallen. He is presently serving with the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. He has the rank of Major and serves as the Canon Reservist for the Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada.  
On November 23, 2001 he married his beautiful wife Veronica.