Categories: General
      Date: Jul 28, 2017
     Title: Father Johnbosco Vellaphadass

It is with great sadness that the Diocese announces the sudden death of Father Johnbosco Vellaphadass, HGN.  Father Johnbosco died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the age of 39.  At the time of his tragic death, Father Vellaphadass was serving as Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Bird Cove.  Father arrived in our diocese in December 2014 and began his ministry to the people of the Northern Peninsula on March 8, 2015.

Funeral arrangements are as follows at Our Lady of Grace Church in Bird Cove:
Visitation: Sunday, July 30, 3-5pm and 7-9pm
Parish Prayer: Sunday, July 30, at 8pm
Mass of Christian Burial with Bishop Peter Hundt of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador will be the main celebrant at Mass will be on Monday, July 31 at 11am.
Our sympathy is extended to his parents, his brothers and sister.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Father Vellaphadass was ordained to the priesthood as a member of the Heralds of the Good News, Mary Queen of Apostles Province on January 2, 2005. Mary Queen of Apostles provincialate is located in Tamil Nadu, India.  Following his ordination, Father Johnbosco served 6 months as an associate pastor and in June of 2005 was appointed Parish Priest of Allagadda Parish.  After that time he served for 6 months in Italy and a further 6 years as Parish Priest in 3 different parishes in India before coming to Canada in 2014.