It is with great joy and gratitude to God that the Companions of the Cross announce that Fr. Scott McCaig, CC has been named Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada by his Holiness Pope Francis. Bishop-elect Scott McCaig, CC, is from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987, and after serving with NET Catholic Youth Ministries USA joined the Companions of the Cross in 1989 in Ottawa. He obtained an undergraduate degree in History from Carleton University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Paul, and a Masters of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto (Toronto School of Theology).
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995 by Archbishop Marcel Gervais. He has served as an Associate Pastor, Parish Administrator, Hospital Chaplain, and Director of Formation for the Companions of the Cross from 2000 to 2006. He served two terms as General Superior of the Society from 2006 to 2016. Bishop-elect Scott serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada and has participated in missionary outreach to over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Christian Outreach and is involved in the spiritual formation of the members of the movement. He regularly assists with training of missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada and is a co-Chaplain to the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa.
The details of Bishop-elect Scott’s ordination to the episcopate will be announced in the days and weeks ahead.
In the joy of the Risen Lord,
Fr. Mark Goring, CC
Assistant General Superior
About the Companions of the Cross
The Companions of the Cross was founded in 1985 by Rev. Robert Bedard, CC. In 2003 they were established as a Society of Apostolic Life. The Companions of the Cross have foundations in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Houston, and Detroit. In these five cites, we serve in 15 Parishes, at 5 University Chaplaincies, and in 1 Hospital Chaplaincy. Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC, was recently ordained to the Episcopate and serves as Auxilliary Bishop of Ottawa. Including Bishop Christian and Bishop-elect Scott McCaig, there are currently 40 ordained priests as members, and 20 seminarians.
The mission of the Companions of the Cross is to contribute to the ongoing renewal of the Church through a dynamic evangelization. “We proclaim Christ Crucified...the Power of God and the Wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:23-24). We invite all people into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Their spirituality flows from the Cross: Jesus’s death on the cross and resurrection saved the world. Therefore, we fully commit ourselves to him; seek his will in all we do; and trust in his power to do it. We are men of the Eucharist, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, truly devoted to Mary, and loyal to the Magesterium. Companions of the Cross embrace a life of brotherhood: We base ourselves on the model of Jesus and his disciples, who lived together, ministered together, and supported one another.
They minister through:
- The Renewal of the Parish Community
- Lay Formation
- Youth Movements
- University Chaplaincies
- Academic Teaching
- Missions of Evangelization
- New Media
- Healing and Renewal Ministries
- Ministry to the Poor