Passing of Fr. Joseph Dephoff, SAC


DEPHOFF, The Rev. Father Joseph August, SAC April 15, 1939 – January 19, 2011 Rev. Joseph August Dephoff, SAC passed way during surgery at the University Clinic of Giessen, Germany, where he sought healing from a problem of a heart operation he had nearly two years ago. He was born in Borghorst, Germany as the third child of Bernhard and Elisabeth Dephoff, among six brothers and one sister. He received his elementary education in Borghorst and his high school at the minor seminary of the Pallottine Fathers. In 1959 he entered the Novitiate and after his theological studies was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He was sent to Canada in 1967. He worked as a pastor in the parishes of St. Columba, Swan River, Manitoba, St. Cecilia’s and St. Boniface, Calgary, Alberta, St. Agnes Waterloo, Ontario, and St. Mary’s, Red Deer, Alberta. From 1978 to 1987, he was Provincial Delegate of the Pallottine Fathers in Canada. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. His pastoral work was inspired by the direction of Vatican II, and he emphasized in his ministry, Liturgy, Preaching, and Bible Study. According to the direction of St. Vincent Pallotti, he tried to involve the laity as much as possible in the pastoral work in the parish. Particularly in Manitoba he was involved in diocesan affairs as a member of the Liturgical Commission, the Senate of Priests, and Mission Council. He also served as the Dean of Dauphin, Manitoba Deanery from 1975 to 1983, and he was a Board Member of the Society of Crippled Children and Adults in Manitoba. Since his life was dedicated to the proclamation of Christ, we are sure that the Good Shepherd will take his servant into his eternal home. His Funeral Mass will take place at the Mission House of the Pallottine Fathers at Limburg/Lahn, Germany, on Monday, January 24, 2011. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Calgary at a later date. Condolences may be directed to the Pallotti House (608 Willowbrook Dr. S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 1N8)