Categories: General
      Date: Dec  7, 2018
     Title: Father Don Leonard

It is with great sadness that the Diocese mourns the death of Father Don Leonard.  Father Leonard died Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s at the age of 70.

In 2004, following the death of his wife, Mary, in 2003, Father Leonard began his theological studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and was ordained to the priesthood by Most Reverend Bishop Douglas Crosby at Sacred Heart Parish, Curling, on June 28, 2006.

Father Don served as Chaplain for the Corner Brook area hospitals and nursing homes from 2006-2012.  In 2014, he became Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Curling and in May of 2016 he also became Administrator of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Benoit’s Cove. Due to failing health Father Leonard retired from full time ministry August 1, 2017.

Funeral Arrangements for Father Leonard are as follows:

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Visitation at Fillatre’s Funeral Home, Curling Street
2-4pm and 7-9pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Visitation at Sacred Heart Church, Curling Street
2-4pm with prayers at 4pm
There will NO visitation Sunday evening.
Monday, December 10, 2018:
Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Curling Street
10:00am
Burial to follow at Mount Patricia Cemetery.

Our sympathy is extended to his children, Donna, Jim, Bernard, Karen, Don Jr., Alice, and their families, his sisters, Patricia and Rosemarie, his brother Reginald  and their families.  May his soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.



After his ordination he was appointed Chaplain for the Corner Brook area hospitals and nursing homes during which time Father Don gave generously of himself in service to the sick, and their families. He was also chaplain to the university in Corner Brook and was very much involved in the Bay of Island Ministerial Association. Due to health issues, Father Don Leonard retired from his ministry as Chaplain of Institutions as of July 2, 2012.

In December, 2014 his health had improved and he was appointed Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Curling.  In May of 2016 he also became Administrator of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Benoit’s Cove. Due to failing health Father Leonard retired from full time ministry August 1, 2017.

Father Don’s call to priestly ministry came at the end of a teaching career, and upon the death of his wife. He says that his own illness and personal suffering formed him for ministry to the sick and that his story can be found in Psalm 139.

He adds,“ I loved every minute of it and was blessed to be able to do it. It afforded me great grace and blessings and, humbly, I believe it graced and blessed those to whom I ministered.”

Our sympathy is extended to his children, Donna, Jim, Bernard, don, Jr. and Alice  and their families, his sisters, Patricia and Rosemarie , his brother Reginald  and their families.  May his soul and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.