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Fr. Raymond de Souza
Friday, November 23rd
7:30pm - Truth & Evangelization: 25 years after Veritatis Splendor
Saturday, November 24th
9:00 am - Mass
10:00 am - Chastity and the Credibility of the Gospel: A discussion with Fr. Raymond on the state of the Church today
Admission is free.
Location: St. Thomas More Parish, 210 Haddow Close, Edmonton, AB T6R 2P3
Chaplain September 2018
Newman House at Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sacred Heart of Mary Parish
Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada
Father Raymond J. de Souza, 47, was ordained a Catholic priest on 20 July 2002 for the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario. He currently serves as Chaplain at Newman House (since 2004), the Roman Catholic chaplaincy at Queen’s University. Since 2014 he served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Christian Outreach, the leading campus evangelization movement in Canada.
He is the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish (since 2006) on Wolfe Island – the largest of the Thousand Islands – where he lives.
He is a Senior Fellow for Cardus, Canada’s leading Christian think tank and a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.
Father de Souza teaches at Queen’s in the Faculty of Education and the Queen’s Economics Department. He has served fifteen seasons as chaplain for the Queen’s Golden Gaels football team, including the 2009 Vanier Cup national championship season.
Described by papal biographer George Weigel as “Canada’s finest Catholic commentator,” Father de Souza has been a weekly columnist for the National Post for fifteen years, and contributes a monthly column to The Catholic Register, Canada’s largest Catholic newspaper. He writes additional columns weekly for the National Catholic Register (United States) and the Catholic Herald (United Kingdom). He is the editor-in-chief of Convivium, a new magazine he launched in October 2011, examining the role of faith in our common life. Now a digital publication, it includes another of Father de Souza’s weekly columns. The approximately 200 columns he writes annually can be found at www.fatherdesouza.com
For nearly ten years, 2004 – 2014, Father de Souza served as the Chaplain for the Saint Thomas More Society, an unofficial association of Catholic parliamentarians in Ottawa. From 2011 to 2014, he was appointed a consultant to the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty – the lead committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in defense of religious liberty at home and abroad. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the External Advisory Committee for the Office of Religious Freedom established in 2013 in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. In frequent contact with Canada’s Jewish community, he has served on the board of directors of the national Jewish advocacy agencies since 2005.
Father de Souza completed an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Studies (BA Hons. 1993) and a graduate degree in public policy (MPA 1994) at Queen’s University. He studied development economics (MPhil 1995) at the University of Cambridge, England. His seminary formation was completed at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto (BA Hons. in Thomistic Thought 1998) and the Pontifical North American College in Rome (Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University 2001; Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross 2003).
His parents, married 52 years, live in Calgary, where Father de Souza grew up. He has a brother in Kelowna and a sister in Calgary, both married with children, and another sister who is a religious sister with the Sisters of Life.