Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. serves as our Delegate to the Militia of the Immaculata (M.I.). In addition, Friar Jobe is a well respected published Canon Lawyer and professor of Canon Law. This year, he released a 3rd Edition publication of KANONIKA 07 | ” Two Codes in Comparison.” (ebook version).
Born in 1952 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Friar Jobe received his B.A. from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) in 1972 and his LL.B. from Dalbousie University (Halifax, N.S.) in 1975. He was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1975 and practiced civil law until 1979.
A few years later, he entered Religious Life as a Franciscan Friars Conventual, first professing vows in 1981. Friar Jobe continued his studies and received a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary (Rensselaer
Although he did spend a few years in pastoral ministry, Friar Jobe later went to Rome to earn a Licentiate in Canon Law in 1989 and his Doctorate in Canon Law in 1992 (Pontifical Oriental Institute). He remained there to teach until 2004, when he returned to North America and took a position as a professor on the Faculty of Canon Law of Saint Paul University (Ottawa, ON). In addition to his work with M.I., Friar Jobe currently serves the province as the Guardian of our “international” Saint André Bessette Friary (Ottawa, ON), home to three friars of our Order who hail from the Philippines, India and Romania.