Notice of Passing

We would like to recognize and remember the following Vincentians who have passed on during the past twelve months.
They blessed so many with their lives.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

Our brother Msg Peter Schonenbach, National Council of Canada
Past National Chaplain of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Msgr Schonenbach was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1971. He went on to greatly impact the Ottawa Catholic community, serving as pastor of several parishes. He was also Rector of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa. He also served with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as General Secretary.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Our sister Catherine Mindorf, St Michaels Conference, Fort Erie
Surrounded by her loving husband and family Catherine passed away on Monday May 1st at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. Community and service to others were Catherine`s passion. She dedicated endless hours to St. Michael`s Church, St. Vincent DePaul and Strong Fort Erie Neighbourhoods to provide opportunities and to make the lives of those less fortunate better.
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Our sister Ruth Heffernan, St. Peter`s Conference Peterborough Particular Council
Ruth passed away Thursday March 9 in her 85th year at PRHC with family by her side. She was a long time member of the YMCA, an Avid Skier which enabled her to travel the world. She was a volunteer at the soup kitchen, hospice and the hospital, and was retired from Marycrest.
Monday, March 6, 2023

Our sister Anar Adatia, Office Admin Toronto Central Council

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Our brother Terry Cassidy, St. James Minor, Stirling / Belleville Thrift Store
Passed away peacefully, in his 74th year, on January 15, 2023, at Hospice Quinte with family at his side. Terry will be deeply missed Terry was a champion of his community and the environment, devoting his life to working for others through his career in community development and local politics. He cared deeply about others, always fighting for those most in need, and making service to others a cornerstone of his life. As a politician, Terry served as City Councillor for Sidney Ward in Quinte West for more than two decades and was both a member of the executive and federal candidate (2015) for the Bay of Quinte NDP. Terry was an active volunteer, contributing many hours to various charities and non-profit organizations, most recently as the president of the local St. Vincent de Paul.
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Our brother Michael R. Burns, Past President, Toronto Central Council

Friday, November 11, 2022

Our brother William (Bill) Hanlon, St. Patrick’s Conference, Schomberg - York Simcoe Particular Council
Bill was a dedicated Veterinarian (retired) who served communities in both the Chicago and Southern Ontario regions. Countless animals big and small have benefited from his compassionate care. He devoted his time to serve his community in Schomberg Lion`s Club, St. Vincent de Paul, and Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong devoted parishioner of St. Patrick`s parish in Schomberg, Ontario. Bill`s family was the pride and joy of his life.
Monday, October 3, 2022

Our brother Kenneth J. Trudel, Saint Bernard Conference, Ottawa
He was a dedicated Vincentian from St. Bernard Church. Ken was the face of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Bernard for many years and he will be missed.
He worked tirelessly to help the needy. He was happy to haggle with others for donations to church causes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Our sister Mary McGurk, St. Catherine of Siena Conference, Mississauga
In 1957 Mary travelled to Kent in England to commence her nursing career, when she qualified, she returned to Ireland to work for a few years before embarking on her journey to her beloved Canada in 1965. Mary first worked in Kingston, Ontario where she made lifelong friends before travelling throughout Canada. Beginning in British Columbia, Mary worked in Vancouver before journeying to Quebec and from there she returned to Ontario, settling in Mississauga. Mary worked for many years specialising in palliative care. There she met many wonderful people who stood by her through all the years and who were with her to the very end.
She also joined the choir at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, and did volunteer work with St Vincent de Paul.