Fr. Pierre Champoux was born in Edmonton, AB, on May 13th, 1964, and is the son of Andre Champoux and Anna Cormier, with two older brothers, Robert and Jacques. Throughout Pierre’s early childhood and late teens, his father was in the Air Force, which resulted in various postings across Canada. After spending a few years in the military, he began to feel a call towards the priesthood.
After acquiring his Ba.Ph from the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology in 1995, B.Th from St. Paul University in 1999, and S.T.B. and M.Div from the University of Toronto and St. Augustine’s Seminary in 2001, Pierre was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Ottawa on June 9th, 2001. Since his ordination, he served as pastor at three Ottawa area parishes.
His current interests include reading the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, going out to movies and coffee with friends, and touring the Ottawa Valley on his Vulcan 1700 Voyager motorcycle. He is also the Canadian chaplain for the Knights on Bikes, which entails blessing motorcycles every year, sharing faith, and the love of the open road with bikers all over the country. As of July 1st, 2019, Pierre has been assigned as the Full-Time Director of Vocations for the ‘soon to be’ created Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. His new responsibilities include preaching about vocations in the English and French parishes of the Archdiocese, visits to the seminaries that the seminarians are studying, and chaplaincy at Carleton University.