“Your Superior should not take pleasure in ruling you, but rather in serving you in all charity.”
fr. robert-charles bengry
Father Robert-Charles Bengry GSmp shepherds the Canons Regular of St. Gilbert of Sempringham (GSmp) and acts as the Magister of the wider Gilbertine spiritual family currently taking shape within the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. He also serves as the Parish Priest at St. John the Evangelist in Calgary.
Fr. Robert-Charles was born and raised on the Canadian prairie but has lived and served in British Columbia and Manitoba as well. Father earned a Bachelor of Design, Diploma of Christian Studies and Master of Divinity in Vancouver and served a three-point rural parish in the Anglican Diocese of Brandon for seven years. He became a Benedictine in 2006 and, since his Confirmation as a Roman Catholic, has been actively establishing a modest Gilbertine restoration.
Father Robert-Charles took the Religious and Confirmation name “Charles” after St. Charles Borromeo who was known for his reforming efforts; Robert, his given name, recalls his other personal patron St. Robert Bellarmine.
fr Robert-Charles Bengry’s Arms
Fr. Robert-Charles was granted a coat of arms by the Heraldic Authority of Canada in 2011, as can be seen above. The design includes a crown or ‘Loyalist Coronet’ (every crown ultimately symbolises the kingship of Christ) as well as a ‘voided cross’ which is a symbol of the resurrection. His motto is “Rejoice in Christ”. He was also granted a badge, composed of the same cross and crown, which is used by our wider Gilbertine family as a symbol of unity.
The gold and blue in the design recall the Canadian Prairie where Father Bengry was born and raised and where his ancestors toiled as pioneers. The colours also represent the wheat of the Holy Eucharist and the waters of Holy Baptism; the gold also represents Christ Himself while blue is the traditional colour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The coronet recognises his Loyalist ancestry and ultimately symbolises the kingship of Christ. The voided cross reminds us of the resurrection and alludes to his primary identity as a Christian. Motto: Meaning “Rejoice in Christ” in Old English.
Per fess Azure and Or, in chief a Loyalist civil coronet and in base a cross couped voided throughout counterchanged. Motto: GEFEOÞ CHRISTES.