Patricia Rooke
St. Andrew's Cathedral, Victoria

Patricia arrived from Australia and settled in Alberta in 1967, earning her Doctorate from the University of Alberta. She has published numerous articles and co-authored, with her late husband, Rudy Schnell, a biography on Charlotte Whitton and a history of Canadian Child Welfare.

On their 25th wedding anniversary, during a private audience with St. Pope John Paul II, he asked her what she did for a living and she replied, “I teach.” The Pope then responded with: “Teach about Christ.”

Upon retiring and moving to Victoria, she did just that, developing a two-year course entitled, Exploring the Catholic Faith, followed by other courses and seminars including: A Cloud of Witnesses: The Early Christians & The Middle Ages, Encountering Christ in the Sacraments, Judged on Love Alone, Formation of Conscience, and Pinocchio speaks with Jiminy Cricket. She has also conducted a number of seminars, including Salvation is from the Jews and The Sunflower: the Problem of Forgiveness. In addition, Dr. Rooke mentored many students and converts, contributing to a greater understanding of the role of the laity in society and the Church, including publishing a book entitled Judged by Love Alone, the proceeds of which were donated to the Church.

Last Updated

Feb 2, 2018


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