Bishop's Distinguished Lecture

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Rev. Fr. Dean Henderson has returned to the University of Victoria as the Catholic Chaplain after graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Since then, he has earned graduate degrees in Theology from Regent College Vancouver, the Seminary of Emmanuel and St. Chad at the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Oxford.

Since 2002, Fr. Dean served as a part time assistant at St. Andrew's Cathedral and was ordained a priest there by His Excellency Bishop Richard Gagnon in April 2007. 

Ordained a married priest as a former Anglican minister, with exceptional permission from Pope John Paul II, Fr. Dean and his wife Linda enjoy an exhausting domestic life with their five children. 

The Mission of the Catholic Church inspires Fr. Dean to assist the spiritual life of students, faculty and staff at UVic and he welcomes visits at the Multifaith Offices or meeting new people at the daily Mass at UVic’s Chapel and the Sunday Mass at Holy Cross Church.

Fr. Dean is the Diocesan coordinator of the Diocesan Marriage Preparation and Permanent Deacon programs. He is frequently in demand as a mission preacher. Fr. Dean regularly leads student service missions to Vancouver Island parishes, including missions to the Ahousaht First Nation.


Chaplain: Fr. D. Henderson

Chair: Mr. W. Clanton | Secretary: L. Wilcock

Description: adapted from the Constitution of the CCAB.

2. Purpose and Mandate (Sections 2.1 - 2.4)

The purpose of the Board is to be a consultative body to the Catholic Chaplain at the University of Victoria and Camosun College; to offer him advice, counsel and assistance in his leadership of the faith community. At the University of Victoria, the Board will support the interaction of the Catholic Chaplain with the Multifaith Chaplaincy to which he belongs. In giving such advice, counsel and assistance, the Board will act, first and foremost, to promote the fullness of the Catholic faith and the mission of evangelization at the University of Victoria and Camosun College and will uphold the centrality of the Catholic Church in all its activities and outreach. The Board will contribute to the teaching mission of the Catholic Church in the diocese under the auspices of the Bishop within the university and college communities through the ministry of the Catholic Chaplain. Its activities will place emphasis on the integration of faith and reason and the Catholic intellectual tradition in the university and college context, but may also serve as a resource for educators in other institutions in the diocese.