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, where he teaches a senior seminar in philosophy and economics. He has served fifteen seasons as chaplain for the Queen’s Golden Gaels football team.
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