Vernon Robertson is a convert to the Catholic faith. He was born in Scotland and immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1966. He and his wife Maureen have been married 46 years and have three children and eleven grandchildren. They reside in Pitt Meadows, BC and are members of St. Patrick's Parish in Maple Ridge, BC.
Vernon developed the "Seminar of Hope - How to Pray for your Sons & Daughters & Loved Ones” over 20 years ago, based on his personal experience praying for his teenager children through some challenging years. He continues to develop and teach this seminar on a regular basis throughout Canada and the US.
In 1994, Vernon founded Catholic Evangelization Training Ministries (CETM) in Vancouver. The ministry conducted training programs and evangelization conferences for many years, including bringing the Alpha course to parishes across Vancouver. Vernon has spoken at events in Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the USA and throughout Canada.
"Vernon Robertson is one of the most inspiring Catholic lay men I have ever met …most highly recommended."
Ralph Martin, President - Renewal Ministries
Vernon is currently a board member of Renewal Ministries of Canada. He also serves on the Vancouver Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. Previously, Vernon was National Catholic Advisor to the Alpha Board of Directors of Canada.
In October 2010, Vernon was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) Cross by Pope Benedict the XVI. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope. It was presented to him for his work and leadership in the New Evangelization at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB (see photo).