The Passing of Father Bob Bedard

 Message from the Archdiocese:

We regret to inform you that Father Robert Bedard, CC, Founder of the Society of the Companions of the Cross, died on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the age of 82.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Fr. Bedard was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1955 in Blessed Sacrament Parish by the Most Rev. Marie-Joseph Lemieux, O.P. Archbishop of Ottawa. He held many appointments in the Archdiocese of Ottawa, most notably as teacher and administrator of St. Pius X High School, and pastor of St. Mary’s Parish. He founded the Society of the Companions of the Cross in 1985.


Visitation will be at St. Mary’s Church in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The prayer vigil will be at 7:30 p.m.


The funeral Mass, presided by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. The prayers of the Rite of Committal will follow at Hope Cemetery.


Fr. Bedard will be sadly missed by his diocesan and religious families, as well as by family members and friends.


Please remember him and his religious family in your prayers.


Father Bob Bedard was a great and faithful priest.  I knew him well from my days at St. Mary’s parish. He was always supportive of me and I’ll miss him very much.

2 thoughts on “The Passing of Father Bob Bedard

  1. I was very Blessed to have met Father Bob when I came to St. Mary’s and a great deal of my beautiful memories and first healing of my father of origin happened when he presided
    a Mass on the Father’s Day of that year.

    I used to stay after morning Mass and clean up the Church from all the stuff left in the pews from the week-end Masses
    and he and I shared a lot
    Father Bob always spoke of humility as something we should
    strive for and it is the greatest virtue of all.

    Without humility we are unable to love as Christ Loves and without love we are nothing are nothing but loud gongs.
    How the Church needs genuine love and humility.

    Father Bob would have us pray for Father Frank Pavone,
    and be grateful for all he has done and strives to do, and we must not be quick to judge him. He would have us say
    loving and supportive things about him, and not act so cooly, towards him as some have. Why do we not look at all the good he does and has done for Life. Can we say we are so dedicated. It is pride that produces our unloving ways.

    Love does not look and turn away when there is a problem or a trial, but is there to love and support and accept people AS THEY ARE.

    If anything Christ wanted people to learn from Father Bob
    is that we are sinners, and are ALL in need of His Grace
    and to die to self and pride, that produces an arrogant,
    presumptuous, and judgmental attitude.

    Before we take the splinter out of someone else’s’ eye, let us remove the log from our own.

    I also learned from looking at the Cross when I first would go and listen to Father Bob morning after morning, that we do not wait for someone to apologize before we forgive them, for imagined or real things, we make the choice to forgive immediately. Real forgiveness is a choice and we forgive as Christ forgave us. That is what the |Cross is all about. It also knows knows that emotions
    catch up, and we know that as Christ has forgiven those who may have hurt us,we are called to forgive as well.

    If we all waited for people to say they are sorry and even be truly repentant before we- who have feet of clay-, forgave we would be loving conditionally and not as He does.

    Sometimes the coldness and fickle attitude of those professing to be Catholic and Christians reminds me of times,
    Father Bob would walk into Mass to preside in the morning
    and say “Ooh, it’s very chilly in here, or if everybody was dark and gloomy, He’d say” Is there a funeral”.

    They will know us by our love. So…let us love as Corinthians says and one of the parts of that is ,”Love is kind…and does not remember wrongdoing” Or better yet how about the “St. Francis prayer”. Father Bob loved that. He never minded being corrected.

    That is humility.

  2. I was a boy when Father Bedard came to Assumption parish in what is now Vanier about 1959. I also attended St. Pius X about 1965 to 1967.
    At Assumption, he was brilliant and very popular. He started a lot of activities for young people like alter boys, boy scouts and girl guides. He really got a lot of people involved in what was a very dead parish. It was never the same after he left in the early sixties. He was a very bright line shining in my life and a big influence for better or worse. Although I have not seen him for some fifty years, I will never forget him.
    I write this from Waterloo, Ontario just as his funeral is going on. I join in that celebration of a person who was a true imitator of Christ and a genuine priest. If it is the pure of heart who are blessed to see God as Christ said in the sermon on the mount then surely Father Bedard is now seeing right into the mystery of God.

    Mike McCormick

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