O’Driscoll Forum fundraiser launched

Herb and Paula O'Driscoll, in whose honour the O'Driscoll Forum is being established. Photo courtesy of Ian Alexander.
 on May 31, 2022

Readers of Faith Tides will be familiar with the name Herbert O’Driscoll. Herb, as he’s known, has been writing a regular column for Faith Tides for some time now and his words are always thought-provoking and insightful — as are his many published books.  

Herb was born in Ireland and was ordained in 1954. During his long career, he worked as a parish priest, naval chaplain and cathedral dean across Canada, before retiring to the diocese of Islands and Inlets. Herb’s wife, Paula O’Driscoll, is a lifelong soloist and chorister, and a visual artist who continues to create works on canvas and with fabric.  

Now, Herb and Paula are putting their name to a new initiative at the Vancouver School of Theology. The O’Driscoll Forum will be an annual three-day event held as part of the Vancouver School of Theology’s Summer School. The Forum will include a series of lectures with a focus on preaching, teaching and liturgical arts. But it promises to be more than “just another lecture series.” The program will also include a master class component, and each day participants will have the opportunity to practice preaching and creativity with guidance from experts.  


In order to ensure the O’Driscoll Forum is a lasting legacy, the VST aims to create a permanent endowment, which requires around $300,000 to establish. With “quiet” fundraising among donors, around two-thirds of this amount has already been secured.  

On May 31, the public portion of the fundraising campaign was launched with an online event featuring a reading by Herb, reminiscences from old friends of the couple, and a talk from Richard Topping, president of VST, about the school’s plans for the O’Driscoll Forum.  

For more information about the O’Driscoll Forum and to make a donation, visit the VST website 

  • Naomi Racz

    Naomi is the editor of Faith Tides and writes creative non-fiction with a focus on nature, the environment, sense of place and parenting.

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