Msgr. Foy’s Obituary

Rev. Msgr. Vincent Nicholas Foy

(Retired Monsignor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto)

Monsignor went home to God on March 13, 2017 at over 101.5 years of age, having celebrated over 77 years and 9 months of priestly ordination.

He is the longest ordained English-speaking diocesan priest in the history of the Church in Canada and the longest ordained and oldest diocesan priest in the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Worldwide, we found only four diocesan priests who have served longer.

Msgr. was born on August 14, 1915. Son of the late Edward B. and Josephine W. (Schnitzler). Beloved brother of Shirley. Predeceased by siblings Edward (Lenore), Jack (Marjorie), Mary, Frank (Ruth), Doreen RN and James (Pauline).

He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and his many friends.

Msgr. entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in 1933 and was ordained on June 3, 1939.  He obtained a doctorate in Canon Law from Laval University in Quebec City.

Msgr. held the following positions in the Archdiocese of Toronto:  Vice Chancellor of Spiritual Affairs, Toronto Marriage Tribunal (Secretary, Defender of the Bond, Head), Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal (Presiding Judge), Director of Catechetics, and Chaplain of various groups. Considering his outstanding service to the Church the Holy Father, Pope Pius XII bestowed the title of Domestic Prelate in 1957.

In 1966-1973 he was the pastor of St. John’s Church, Toronto, the parish of his Baptism. He was also Pastor of Holy Martyrs of Japan Church, Bradford and St. Patrick’s Church, Phelpston. Upon “retirement” Monsignor continued his priestly ministry selflessly to serve the people of God and also focused on his writing. He has written many articles and books.

Msgr. was an avid traveler, photographer, storyteller, postcard collector and hobby magician.

Many thanks to the Archdiocese of Toronto, the staff of the Houses of Providence, family and friends.

Msgr. hoped to be remembered for his fidelity: “Fidelity to the Church and to the teachings of the Church… and trying to live that fidelity. We must stay with Peter. Living the truth means that we are living with Love and in Love.”

Visitation at Holy Family Church, 1372 King St. West, Toronto on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 2-9pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:30am, followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment at Queen of Clergy Cemetery – St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough.

In lieu of flowers, prayers or Masses may be offered or donations may be made to a pro-life organization.


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