We are pleased to announce the ordination of Robert Assaly, who will be welcomed into the transitional diaconate in view of the priesthood later this evening, Friday, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, 7 p.m. at St. Monica Parish (6405 de Terrebonne St., Montreal, H4B 1A8). Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd, VG, will preside.
Robert, who is currently serving at St. Thomas à Becket Parish as a pastoral intern, was ordained an Anglican priest of the Diocese of Ottawa in 1991. He was sent to serve as Director of the Middle East Council of Churches office in Jerusalem until 1995, serving under the Latin (Roman Catholic) Patriarch. He continued on to other ministries, including serving two Ottawa Anglican parishes successively over nine years. He then moved to Montreal in 2008 to pursue Graduate studies at McGill. He holds degrees in Middle East and Islamic history, and early Church and Patristic history.
Robert, along with his wife Nancy, were received and confirmed as Catholics four years ago at St. Monica Parish, after which he completed an internship and she served as a youth leader at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish. Father of six grown children, he has been approved by the Vatican to be ordained a married Catholic priest.
Please pray for Robert and for his wife, Nancy. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may they continue to serve the Lord in his Church with joy and spontaneity of heart.
“God’s flock is in your midst; give it a shepherd’s care.”
— 1 Peter 5:2
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.
Director, Office for English Pastoral Services
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal