The funeral was held in Rome on Saturday, December 4th at 2pm in the Basilica of Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti. Celebrant: Padre Agnello Stoia, OFMConv.; con-celebrants: Fr. Francesco Pirisi, FoH; Fr. Darek Misiolek; and Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFMConv. You can view this video with either Italian or English subtitles by clicking 'CC' and using the 'Settings' button to select the language.
Fr. Roberto Donato, ofs - Obituary
Father Roberto's funeral will be held in Rome on Saturday, December 4th, at 2:00pm (Rome time), which Providentially corresponds with our 9am Saturday morning Mass at St Catherine's. Although this is not an official memorial Mass, you are welcome to join us in prayer that morning. As more official arrangements are made here in Halifax, we will let you know the details.
We ask you to pray for the repose of his soul, for his family and for all who are mourning the loss of our founder and friend.
Fr. Roberto was born in 1960 in Italy. He was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral on December 7, 2002, by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, after which he served in various parishes as well as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese. In October 2005, Fr. Roberto and Archbishop Prendergast began the Franciscans of Halifax, and Fr. Roberto served as their moderator until July 2014.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone mourning this death.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Light From Light - A delightful book of poems by Dennis McCormack with images and graphics.
This work features poems which fall into 4 categories: Seascapes, Angels & Saints, Poets' Philosophy, and Special Occasions, written by Dennis McCormack (with selected images, layout and formatting by me, as per Dennis’ approval).
It would make a great Christmas gift, Birthday gift, etc. and it is a joy to see and read while relaxing before the fireplace. Please let me know if you purchase a copy so that Dennis and I may send you a ‘Thank You’ e-mail.
Here is the direct link to Amazon.ca for the book. Amazon Books - Canada.
Blessings and all good to you and your family from us both,
Byron Samson & Dennis McCormack
Montreal Gazette; Published: October 28, 2021
LÉVESQUE, Brother Robert-Joseph (Joseph Henry), O.F.M. In Montreal, on October 26, 2021, at the age of ninety-four years, after sixty-nine years of religious life, Brother Robert-Joseph Lévesque, Franciscan, passed away. He will be deeply missed by the members of his Franciscan Fraternity, by his nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence, 5655 de Salaberry Street in Montreal, Friday, November 5 at 2 p.m. Burial at Le Repos St-François d'Assise Cemetery, 6893 Sherbrooke East, Montreal.
It is with sadness that the family of Dorothy Olivet Hughes announces her passing on October 20, 2021 at Neill Hall. Born in Coles Island, NB, on April 11, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Millidge and Olive (Clark) Ryder.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Gordon Edward Hughes; sons Brian Ryder, Terry and Roger Leet; daughter Joyce Leet (Larry Holleran); step-daughters Karen Hughes and Christine Gallant (Collin); grandchildren Michael Leet, Brandon Leet-MacFarlane; great grandchildren Aiden Leet, Karley Leet and Mason MacFarlane, as well as several cousins.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband Harry Leet; step-son Greg Hughes, and grandchild Devon DeAnglis.
A special thank you to the amazing staff of Frederick Hall and Neill Hall for the care they have given Dorothy.
A private graveside service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery. The live stream of the graveside service will be available to watch at 2pm on Saturday, October 23, at the following link: https://vimeo.com/event/1403007. For those who wish memorial donation may be made to the SPCA, CARMA or the Alzheimer’s Society. www.mcadamsfh.com
A Warm welcome to Friar Maurice Richard OFM Conventual who hprayas been appointed Spiritual Assistant to St. Francis of Immaculate Heart of Mary Fraternity in Ottawa.
May you find many great blessings in the fulfillment of your office as Spiritual Assistant. Our prayers go out to you daily!
Br. Gerry Clyne, ofm
Dear brothers and sisters,
Fraternities, we would like to share any news you have, just email it to Byron Samson or complete the Contact Form on the Franciscan Focus site, under Contact Us, and attach the file(s).