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Most Rev. Joseph MacNeil, Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton, passes away

(Photograph taken by Robert Bray, 2015)

Catholic Social Services mourns the loss of our Archbishop Emeritus, Most Reverend Joseph MacNeil, who passed away on February 11, 2018.

Originally from Nova Scotia, His Grace came to Edmonton when he was appointed Archbishop of Edmonton on September 5, 1973 and served a 26-year term. He officially retired in 1999.

Throughout the years, His Grace has been a remarkable friend and supporter of Catholic Social Service and our annual Sign of Hope appeal.

We pray for the repose of Archbishop MacNeil’s soul and for God’s peace and consolation to be with his family, friends, loved ones and our community in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Funeral arrangements for Archbishop MacNeil are as follows:

St. Joseph’s Basilica will be the site for two days of prayers and visitation, as well as the funeral of Archbishop MacNeil. It is located at 10044 - 113 Street, Edmonton, AB. (Parking is limited; transit is recommended).


Thursday, February 15

12:05 p.m. - Mass, presided by Archbishop Richard Smith
1 p.m. - Formal reception of the body for viewing
1-6:45 p.m. - Viewing
7 p.m. - Vigil Prayers, presided by Archbishop Smith
8-9 p.m. Viewing continued


Friday, February 16

Noon - Funeral Mass, presided by Archbishop Smith
Followed by Interment Holy Cross Cemetery (14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton, AB).

Note: The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and can be watched here. The live-stream begins Friday at Noon, Mountain Standard Time.

For more on the life of Archbishop MacNeil, visit the Archdiocese of Edmonton’s website.



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