Dooling, Mary 'Donna' Grace - Obituary
Donna led a full life, following her passions. She rose to the ranks as a bank manager and later worked as a Personal Support Worker at a long term care facility. Her direction and calling was always her faith and she served the Roman Catholic Church in a variety of ways. She worked for St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church in Erin alongside her best friend, Reverend Edward Grace (deceased) for several years, worked for the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, and volunteered at St. Patrick's in Cambridge. She became a Secular Franciscan and served as the Formation Director for the Franciscan Order for the Trillium Region.
Donna was a vibrant woman, always quick with a joke and a laugh. A mischievous prankster, a loving mother and grandmother, a compassionate caregiver to those in need, and a loyal Montreal Canadiens fan who waited until the Habs knocked out the Leafs before she passed (sorry, Leafs fans), she was loved by the many souls she touched. Many thanks to the doctors and nurses at Grand River Hospital and Hamilton General Hospital, as well as the caring and supportive members of the EMS team who took Donna into their care. A private funeral mass was held at the Basilica of Our Lady Church, 28 Norfolk Street, Guelph on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Cremation followed. Interment at Marymount Ceme-tery, Guelph. Memorial donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an organization that she supported and shared in their belief of "...seeing Christ in anyone who suffers, coming together as family, having personal contact with the poor, and helping in all possible ways."
We miss you dearly, but we know that you are at peace in company with Christ. We know that you were fiercely independent and passed in the way you would have pre-ferred, humbly and swiftly. We know that your love for your family will continue for eternity. We know that you were called to the Lord all of your life, and you are now with Him. We know that you will be with us, always.
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Doris will be deeply missed by her brothers and sisters at Saint Bonaventure Fraternity in
Halifax - she was the oldest living member of the fraternity!
Obit. posted March 27, 2021
Age 94 of Halifax, pass-ed away Monday, March 22, 2021 in Parkstone Enhanced Care. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late William and Alma Cave. She is survived by her sons, David (Julie), Mahone Bay; John (Chiyoko), Lower Sackville; daughter, Debra (Larry), Mount Uniacke; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great, great-granddaughters. She is also survived by siblings, Leo Cave, Greely, Ont.; Betty Theriault, Nerja, Spain; Pauline McMenamin, Cornwall, Ont.; Janet Mac-Lean, Halifax; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; son, Bruce; daughter, Adelle Coffin; great-grandson, Cody Glode; brothers, Donald, Ralph and Raymond; sisters, Helen Pichette and Valerie Duchesne. Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized.
Published on: March 20, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Yvonne Thomas, on March 17, 2021. Beloved wife of Geoffrey Thomas (deceased), cherished mother of Andrea and Jennifer, loved sister of Cynthia, Francis (deceased), Berna, Monica, Donald, Dennis. She will also be deeply missed by her sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many relatives and friends. She was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, OLPH Fraternity in Montreal.
After emigrating from Jamaica, she was a member of St. Mary’s Hospital staff in Montreal for 30 years. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Anna-Laberge Hospital for their thoughtful care. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Memorial Fund of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Chateauguay would be appreciated. - (Death notice for the town of Anjou in the Province of Quebec.)
Website Administrator – Job Description
The primary task is to maintain the website and regularly post material to keep the website active. Regular activity on a website keeps people returning seeking and finding new material. As well the website is the major news source for RFEC members.
- Maintain the subscription and domain name registrations for the website. The Region pays the cost for both items.
- Insure regular postings on the site to keep people informed and engaged in fraternity life throughout the Region.
- Post newsletters received from the various fraternities. Only 2 or 3 fraternities distribute newsletters on a regular basis. Encourage fraternities to submit their newsletters. Sharing information about each other helps build community.
- Post Fraternity news such as new councils, new professions, calls to pray for the sick, etc.
- Post news from National and International Councils.
- Post newsletters from other members of the Franciscan Family, i.e. OFM and FI.
- Post deceased member information when received.
- Post upcoming events and when possible post reports on the results with photos of an event.
- Post news from the Pope including his monthly prayer intention, special occasion prayers and new writings from the Pope.
- Maintain the “resource” pages including the statutes, the rule, general constitutions, guidelines and forms used by local fraternities, elective chapter guidelines, formation material and so on.
- Formation is a most important aspect of our Franciscan journey, so formation materials received for the Director of Formation should be uploaded to the site for easy access by all.
- Post prayers and liturgies when provided.
Communications is such a critical need especially in these times of COVID. The website is an excellent tool to help keep us together.
For more specific information contact Byron Samson, ofs, Queenship of Mary Fraternity, Dartmouth. Your local minister will have the contact information.
Their meetings are held in Polish with the support and guidance of Fr. Jan, their Spiritual Assistant, but 4 of the 5 members on Council also speak English. They are in need of our prayers and support.
It is with great sadness to advise that Bob Hunger, ofs passed peacefully at the Fredericton hospital on September 24. His wife Sharon was by his side. He was professed on Nov 28, 1998, and was a founding member of John XXIII fraternity in Fredericton.
Whenever he could, Bob continued to attend OFS meetings transferring to Blessed Fr. Frederic Fraternity, Moncton. He continued to do volunteer work in Fredericton, helping newcomers with language tutoring, working in the soup kitchen, among other activities.
We are confident that Bob now rests happily with the Lord and St. Francis. We also pray for Sharon and their two daughters who are forced to grieve separately due to COVID.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.
Many messages of condolences and witnessing of his life have been circulated. Here are a couple:
I was very sad to learn of Bob Hunger's passing after such a short period of illness.
Bob and I served together on the Regional Council when he worked very hard with us in developing a positive and united approach within our Region, which was a relatively new structure at that time. He then served as our Regional Conference/Elective Chapter Registrar. He worked hard in trying to negotiate arrangements with Le Cenacle in Cacouna and doing his very best in ensuring that our accommodation and meeting spaces were ready and as satisfactory as possible. Through all of this, Sharon was always present sharing her good humour, and her interest and concern for everyone.
Bob shared his unique talents, his good humour, his artistry and his faithfulness as a leader in our Region.
Bob and Sharon shared a great deal in life as well as a very special love and unique faith life.
We will miss Bob but are confident that he now rests happily with the Lord incompant with St. Francis and all our deceased sisters and brothers.
Our deepest sympathy and love to Sharon and his two daughters.
Rest in Peace, Good and Faithful Servant! - Tom Wilkinson, ofs
I was very sad to learn of Bob's passing. He was very engaged in our Region for quite a few years... it seemed I was always writing to him when I was registering for a spiritual conference or elective chapter at Cacouna... I remember once when he made a fraternal visit on behalf of Region to our fraternity (St. Francis of Assisi) , and he did a lovely job interacting with our members. More recently, I have seen him at the monthly meetings of Blessed Father Frederic fraternity in Moncton ~ his thoughtful contributions to those fraternity discussions will be missed ~
Requiescat in pace, Bob. Shalom, Martha
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- Artwork by Bob