Throughout the New Testament, the disciples of Jesus are frequently seen journeying with companions who support them. The role of solid models who are there to serve students is vital in the process of faith formation.
An essential element of our community life is the presence of our own Companions. They live in community with our students and, collaborating with the students, organize the logistical needs of household life (grocery shopping, cooking, chores, general maintenance, et c.). They also oversee the social aspect of young adults living together (being an emotional and spiritual support, helping with conflict resolution, et c.).
Meet our Companions for the 2022-2023 year below.
Louis & Mary Richard
Louis & Mary are a retired couple with decades of involvement in Manitoba's Catholic circles. They've been instructors in the Nathanael faith formation program with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, CCRS leaders, musicians, and mentors and intercessors for many through sessions for small groups, couples, and individuals. They have five adult children scattered around the world. Their gentle holiness brings a spirit of silent joy everywhere they go.
Emma is an alumnus of St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission's 2-year faith formation program, earning a diploma in Advanced Catholic Studies for the Lay Apostolate. She is also a longtime veteran of our Camps ministry, as a camper and then as a counselor for five years. She has a heart for service and a beautiful smile.
Gaudius has been a tireless worker for many years in our Camps program, as well as a youth leader for Couples For Christ and a catechism teacher in his parish. His studies at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba produced a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Catholic Studies. He has spent time with the communities of Madonna House, the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, and the Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Now he is turning his immense heart and caring spirit to the students of the Discipleship Formation Program.