On the Passing of Fr. Kelly

It is with great sadness that the Diocese mourns the death of Father Joseph Kelly. He passed away Sunday, February 26th, 2012. Always a man of the people, Fr. Kelly has been referred to as “a priest’s priest.” Kind, caring, and always deeply concerned for the good of his parishioners, he leaves to us a model of holiness in ministry and unfailing dedication.

He served faithfully in St. George’s Diocese – now Corner Brook and Labrador Diocese – for many years and in many capacities. In his retirement, he remained active and helpful in many Parishes. He always had a love of skiing, and continued to do so well into his eighties. Following spiritual care by the Archbishop of St. John’s, Fr. Kelly passed away in St. Patrick’s Mercy Home. An extract of Archbishop Currie’s letter is a fitting testimony:

“Father Joe’s example of faith, his joyful spirit of service, his good humour in good times and bad, and his prayerfulness are worthy of emulation by all. Those who have known him have seen an image of God in our midst. Father Joe’s example of priestly ministry, of fidelity and commitment, has certainly been a  powerful influence on me and many of our brother priests. I will miss him; many will miss him. But we were blessed by God to walk so much of our journey of life with one such as him. I give thanks to God for having shared Father Joe with us.”