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Obituary for Fr. Ralph Paonessa, O.F.M.


Fr. Ralph Paonessa, O.F.M.


Fr. Ralph was born on March 26, 1936, in Winchester, Massachusetts. He was received into the Franciscan order on August 15, 1954, and professed his first vows on August 16, 1955. He made his solemn profession on August 16, 1958, and after completing the formation program and seminary studies, was ordained a priest on June 15, 1963. Fr. Ralph ministered for many years in our parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto, serving as Pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Parish and St. Lawrence, Martyr. He also served the province as President of the Canadian Foundation and Provincial Definitor. In other assignments, Fr. Ralph served at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston, Vice Master of Novices at St. Anthony Friary in Catskill, and as chaplain of Villa Colombo in Toronto.


Visitation will be held at Bernardo Funeral Home (2960 Dufferin St., south of Lawrence Ave. W.) on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 2-5 p.m. and at St. Jane Frances Church (2747 Jane St., north of Sheppard Ave. W.) on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 2-8 p.m.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Jane Frances Church on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (8361 Yonge St., south of Highway 7). Fr. Ralph's Mass will be live streamed via St. Jane Frances.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fr. Ralph, donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church (Toronto).