Robert Ogle

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The Reverend
Bob Ogle
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Donald Ravis
Constituency Saskatoon East
Personal details
Born Robert Joseph Ogle
(1928-12-24)24 December 1928
Rosetown, Saskatchewan
Died 1 April 1998(1998-04-01) (aged 69)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political party New Democratic Party
Alma mater

Robert Joseph Ogle OC SOM (1928–1998), known as Bob Ogle, was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest, broadcaster, and member of the House of Commons.

Early life and career[edit]

Ogle was born on 24 December 1928 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, to the native Quebecers Henry Ogle and Annie Brennan.[1] Devout Irish Catholics, his parents had him baptized the next day, on Christmas Day.[2] He grew up in poverty on farms in Saskatchewan and was an altar boy, an air cadet, and a boy scout in his youth.[3]

Ogle studied at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario, from 1946 to 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1953.[4] After ordination, he became a parish priest in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he founded the Catholic Centre, and went on to be appointed rector of St. Pius X Seminary.[5] He later received a Doctor of Canon Law degree from the University of Ottawa.[5]

Political career and later life[edit]

He was elected to the House of Commons as a New Democratic Party candidate for the Saskatchewan riding of Saskatoon East in the 1979 federal election and was re-elected in the 1980 election.[citation needed] He served as his party's critic for external affairs from 1981 to 1984.[6] He did not run in 1984, when he was instructed by the Vatican not to.[7]

He was the author of four books:

  • Faculties of Military Chaplains (1957),
  • When the Snake Bites the Sun (1977),
  • North- South Calling (1986), and
  • A Man of Letters (1990).

In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for "his tireless efforts to foster Canada's understanding of her role in global progress".[8] In 1995, he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.[9]

He died on 1 April 1998 in Saskatoon.[9] The St. Pius X Seminary at the University of Saskatchewan was renamed Ogle Hall after his death.



  1. ^ Gruending 2004, p. 183; Ogle 1987, p. 1.
  2. ^ Ogle 1987, p. 1.
  3. ^ Gruending 2004, p. 183; Lewis 2010, p. 19; Ogle 1987, pp. 1, 10–12.
  4. ^ Gruending 2004, p. 183; Rigelhof 1995, p. 44.
  5. ^ a b Gruending 2004, p. 183.
  6. ^ "Robert Joseph Ogle, O.C., S.O.M." Parlinfo. Ottawa: Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Blaikie 2016, pp. 32–35.
  8. ^ Order of Canada citation
  9. ^ a b Gruending 2004, p. 184.


Blaikie, Bill (2016). "Prophetic Obedience: Reflections on the Life and Work of Bob Ogle, by the Junior Half of the NDP's 1979 God Squad". In Hrynkow, Christopher. A Prairie Priest and Politician: The Legacy and Continuing Influence of Father Bob Ogle. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: St. Thomas More College. pp. 22–36. 
Gruending, Dennis (2004). "Ogle, Robert Joseph 'Bob' (1928–1998)". In Quiring, Brett. Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present. Saskatchewan Lives Past and Present. 14. Regina, Saskatchewan: Canadian Plains Research Center. pp. 183–184. ISBN 978-0-88977-165-9. ISSN 1482-9886. 
Lewis, Norah L., ed. (2010) [2002]. Freedom to Play: We Made Our Own Fun (rev. ed.). Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press. ISBN 978-1-55458-731-5. 
Ogle, Bob (1987). North/South CallingFree access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Fifth House. ISBN 978-0-920079-29-4. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
"OGLE, Fr. Robert (Bob) Joseph". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2006. 
Rigelhof, T. F. (1995). A Blue Boy in a Black Dress. Ottawa: Oberon Press. ISBN 978-0-7780-1014-2. 

Further reading[edit]

Ogle, Robert J. (1956). The Faculties of Canadian Military Chaplains: A Commentary on the Faculty Sheet of December, 1955 and the Directives for Holy Week Promulgated March 14, 1956 (doctoral diss.). Ottawa: University of Ottawa. 
 ———  (1977). When the Snake Bites the SunFree access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Texchuck Enterprises. ISBN 978-0-920478-00-4. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
 ———  (1990). A Man of Letters. Ottawa: Broadcasting for International Understanding. 

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