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Father Dion came into this world May 3rd, 1947; the third of eleven children and first boy. "My parents were devout, prayerful, Sunday Mass Catholics", says Father Dion. "There was a strong committment to the Church and they were supportive of my young declaration of wanting to go to a highschool seminary".
Father Dion's father was a professional craftsman who created sophisticated wooden molds used in the manufacture of precise metal parts; such as those used in the aerospace industry. His skills were in such demand that he was persuaded to move the family to California in 1953, comprising at that time of six children. In their new home the youngest five children in the family were born and young Glenn gained his dual-citizenship status. “We were strongly encouraged by the sisters who taught us to offer in prayer, ‘What do you want me to be O Lord?” he says. In those days there was a high school seminary run by the Franciscan Fathers in Santa Barbara and with the support of his parents Fr. Dion enrolled. In 1963 the family returned to Vancouver and Fr. Dion entered St. Pat's High School. Upon graduation, he attended UBC and then went to work as a child care worker employed by the federal government. "After a few years of working I attended a retreat in Penticton given by Jean Vanier. There was a priest there, who prompted me to make a decision within three months as to whether I still wanted to become a priest. I believe he played a kind of pivotal role." he says.
In 1973, Father Dion enrolled at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton, graduating with a Bachelor of Theology degree, and on June 25 of 1977 was ordained a priest by Archbishop Carney at Holy Name Parish in Vancouver, his home parish. Over the next four decades Fr. Dion was appointed to various parishes and duties throughout the Archdiocese; at the Cathedral in Vancouver (1year) , Powell River Parish (5 years) St. Mathews Parish in Surrey (20years), Abbotsford (1 year) and back to Vancouver as Rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral (10 years).
Father Dion says he is enthusiastic about his appointment as Pastor of Star of the Sea Parish and is committed to be fully involved, "especially in the sacramental preparation of the youth in the parish" He believes it's important to have a vision of the future. "I had a vision at St. Mathews and we worked with architects and many others in the parish to make that vision a reality." he says. "It think we need a new Parish Centre here at Star of the Sea...a facility that will rival or surpass anything else in South Surrey." Father Dion says he is very thankful to all those involved in the various parish committees and lay ministries who have made him feel so welcome.