A priest who was well-known in the Catholic community in Dominica, Fr. Glanville Joseph, C.Ss.R, has passed away. He died at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland last Wednesday evening. He was 71.
Popularly known as Fr. Joe, he was born in Antigua but did the majority of his priestly ministry in Dominica.
Fr. Joe was a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as The Redemptorists, a religious order which was founded in Scala, Italy by St Alphonsus Ligouri in 1732 and now has a presence in 82 countries around the globe, including Dominica.
He did his novitiate to enter the Redemptorists order in Ireland and was professed on September 13, 1980. Fr. Joe began his ministry in Dominica in 1982, doing pastoral work in Laudat when he was still studying to be a priest.
He then left for Trinidad to continue his studies and was ordained a deacon there. He was ordained a priest at the Roseau Cathedral on July 15, 1984. Since then, he has worked in many parishes on the island including Our Lady of Fatima in Newtown, St Ann in Massacre/Mahaut, St Joseph, and La Soie in Wesley. He also assisted in the communities of Colihaut and Dublanc and many people on the west coast have fond memories of him.
He was also the administrator of the Holy Redeemer Retreat House in Eggleston for many years. He was active in youth ministry, especially with the Catholic Youth Movement in the 1980s and 90s. He was involved in the Engagement and Marriage Encounter movement in Dominica. Fr. Joe did not only minister in Dominica but also in Trinidad and St. Lucia.
The parish of St. Ann was his last assignment in Dominica before he was transferred to the United States in 2018. Brother Jeffrey Rolle, C.Ss.R, superior of the Redemptorists community in Dominica said Fr. Joe was a priest who took his ministry “very seriously.”
“He was a very generous person,” he stated. “He took his ministry very seriously. He did marvelous work in the parish of St. Joseph. He was a very approachable person, he dealt with people pretty well. He was very enthusiastic about promoting vocations. I was one of the persons he encouraged to join The Redemptorists.”
Meanwhile, many Dominicans have taken to social media to fondly remember Fr. Joe and to express condolences on his passing.
“Such a sweet soul Father Joe may you sleep in eternal peace,” one person wrote on Facebook.
“Rest in Paradise Father Joe. He had such a great personality, he had a beautiful soul. He will be missed. His earthly duties have ended may the Angels welcome him as the faithful servant that he was. Condolences to his family and to the Catholic Community,” another wrote.
“Father Joe was such a kind gentle man…all priests are supposed to be but he was special, always looked forward to his preaching…SIP,” wrote another.
May his soul rest in peace. Can never forget Father Joe,” yet another wrote.
Undoubtedly, Fr. Joe touched the lives of many people in Dominica.
The funeral arrangements for Fr. Glanville Joseph are as follows:
Thursday, September 21, 2023: Visitation – 7:00 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, 5th Avenue Brooklyn, with prayer service at 7:30 PM.
Friday September 22, 2023: Mass of Christian Burial at OLPH at 10:00 AM followed by burial at Resurrection in Staten Island.