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Father Joseph Palubeski enters New Life

It is with great sadness that the Congregation of the Resurrection announces the death of Father Joseph Palubeski, CR on December 3, 2011 due a brain tumour. He was in his 73rd year and his 54th year of religious life.


Fr. Palubeski, son of the late Dominic and Stella Palubeski, (nee Coulas) was born in Woodstock, Ontario on June 1, 1939. Fr Palubeski is survived by his sisters Beverly (Joseph) Sieber of Kitchener and Marylin (Ronald) Strauss of Waterloo and many nieces and nephews. Fr. Joe is predeceased by his brother Donald.

From the time Fr. Joe was a small child, he grew up attending Sacred Heart Church, Kitchener under the care of the C.R`s and on September 8, 1958 Fr. Joe professed his first vows in the Congregation of the Resurrection. Fr. Joe attended St. Peter`s Seminary in London and obtained his BA in Honors Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 1962. He continued his theological studies at St. John Cantius Seminary in St. Louis Missouri, from 1962 to 1966, and on March 26, 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Louis, Missouri.


From 1966 to 1983, Fr. Joe taught Business and Commerce, Mathematics and Religion at three different High Schools: St. Jerome`s High School, Kitchener, St. John`s College, Brantford, and Scollard Hall North Bay College, North Bay. Fr. Joe served on OECTA in Brantford and North Bay. In 1978, he obtained a Masters in Education from the University of Toronto. He served as secretary to the CR General Councils in 1981 and 1993. He was appointed Associate Pastor of Holy Name Church in North 

In what seemed to be a gloomy and cloudy weekend which started with scattered showers all over the Island on Saturday, Sunday was greeted with a bright morning sunrise in the delight of the registered participants. The event was attended by a mix of youth and those advanced in years. Even toddlers and infants were straddled carefully on their strollers, ready to take part in making a difference. After a solemn opening prayer, an experienced dance instructor dazzled the crowd with an intense Zumba warm up exercise. Evelou Mosley, President of ANCOP International (Bermuda), welcomed the participants and challenged them to fight poverty and share what we can to the poor. The Bermuda ANCOP Walk commenced thereafter, following a route towards Lovers Lane in Paget and circling back in Tea Street, Devonshire, before heading back to the rendezvous point at the Botanical Gardens via Berry Hill Road.

Fr. Joe was well known for his generosity and zeal in his ministry. He demonstrated a consistent quality of commitment and fidelity to the values of religious life, which enabled him to touch the lives of many people during his life of faithful service.


Visitation for Fr. Palubeski will take place at Sacred Heart Parish, on Wednesday, December 7th from 2-4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Parish, 66 Shanley Street, Kitchener, ON, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 8th. Internment at Resurrectionist Community Plot at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Reception to follow at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Parish. Donations in Fr. Palubeski`s memory may be made payable to the Congregation of the Resurrection, (Retirement Fund), 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G7, or arranged through the Erb and Good Funeral Home.


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