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Father  MacDonald OFM Cap.
Father Joseph MacDonald, OFM Cap., was born to Margaret (Hawkin) and Joseph MacDonald on June 1, 1933 in Glengarry County, Alexandria, Ontario and named Alastair Duncan Timothy Joseph MacDonald.

Fr. Joseph as he was commonly known, was a dear brother to Lorraine (Frank Mullin), and predeceased by his sisters, the late Eileen McCullouch, Bernice Barta and Audrey MacDonald. Fr. Joseph will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.

Fr. Joseph began his religious life as a Capuchin Franciscan friar in June 1958 as a Postulant at St. Francis Minor Seminary in Blenheim ON, continuing to Novitiate at St. Conrad Friary in Annapolis Maryland, where he took the religious name, Joseph of Greenfield. On July 14, 1963 he made his Solemn Profession at St. Peter & Paul’s Monastery in Cumberland Maryland and two years following celebrated his Ordination by Bishop Francis Marrocco on October 23, 1965 at St Philip Neri Parish, Toronto.

Fr. Joseph was probably best known for his work with people suffering from chronic mental illness which lead to the establishment of Poverello Charity in 1969, a work for which Fr. Joseph’s was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2012.

Visitation at Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road, Weston on Sunday July 15, 2018 from 7–9 pm and at St Philip Neri Parish, 2100 Jane Street, Toronto on Monday July 16, 2018 from 7 – 9 pm and Tuesday July 17, 2018 from 9am – 11am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00. Interment on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the Capuchin Plots in Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim ON at 1:00 PM.

A fuller biography for Fr, Joseph will follow on the Ward Funeral Home website. Please visit our Book of Memories at www.wardfuneralhome.com
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Life Story for Father MacDonald OFM Cap.

Father Joseph MacDonald, OFM Cap., was born to Margaret (Hawkin) and Joseph MacDonald on June 1, 1933 in Glengarry County, Alexandria, Ontario and named Alastair Duncan Timothy Joseph MacDonald.

Fr. Joseph as he was commonly known, was a dear brother to Lorraine (Frank Mullin), and predeceased by his sisters, the late Eileen McCullouch, Bernice Barta and Audrey MacDonald. Fr. Joseph will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.

Fr. Joseph begin his religious life as a Capuchin Franciscan friar in June 1958 as a Postulant at St. Francis Minor Seminary in Blenheim ON, continuing to Novitiate at St. Conrad Friary in Annapolis Maryland, where he took the religious name, Joseph of Greenfield. On July 14, 1963 he made his Solemn Profession at St. Peter & Paul’s Monastery in Cumberland Maryland and two years following celebrated his Ordination by Bishop Francis Marrocco on October 23, 1965 at St Philip Neri Parish, Toronto when he along with Fr. Ron MacIntyre and Fr. John Corriveau, his classmates.

From 1966 to 1967, Fr Joseph taught High School Biology at Mount Alverno near Orangeville, which at the time was a Capuchin Minor Seminary. In 1968 at the request of his Provincial Minister Fr. Joseph began working and living with transient men at the Queen Street Refuge (now known as the Good Shepherd Mission) in the east side of Toronto’s downtown core. This began his commitment to the poor and homeless of the Queen Street East area. Here he visited their homes, offered support and counselling, helped to feed the hungry and as needed, intervened on their behalf in court. His work expanded to become a Port Chaplain working from a trailer and celebrating Eucharist aboard the foreign sea vessels which docked at the city’s port.

In 1969 Fr. Joseph leased his first building for the Shopper’s Drop In Centre to help bring a Christian presence into “The Strip” along downtown Yonge Street. The Drop In gave witness to the presence of Christ in Toronto’s commercial entertainment centre, where Eucharist was celebrated daily, coffee was served and prayer meetings and scripture study were offered as well as many other activities.

The 1970’s saw further growth of Fr. Joseph’s ministry. At the new Eaton Centre rose from the street he was obligated to move to a new location at 719 Yonge Street where he was located on the 2nd floor. From here he continued his outreach to the Yonge Street community and a quarterly newsletter, “Sharing the Good News” was written, printed and distributed along Yonge Street by Fr. Joseph and his volunteers.

In 1975 Fr. Joseph rented a house on Mutual Street where he began to provide housing for the homeless in the setting of a Christian community, and he welcomed 5 people suffering from chronic mental illness into this home.

The following year he opened the “Brother’s Store” to recycle gently used clothing, household goods and books making them available and affordable to the needy. Later, two more stores would be opened, one on Queen Street West and the other on Queen Street East. “They are a service to the community. Not only do they recycle household goods, clothes, books, small furniture and many other articles that would be wasted; but they also provide these treasures to people of small income at the lowest possible cost.” – Fr. Joe.
During this same time, Fr. Joseph was appointed Spiritual Director of the nearly 300 Secular Franciscans in Ontario and up until recently continued his involvement with these Lay Followers of St. Francis of Assisi.

As 1976 progressed a second Drop In Centre was opened near Yonge and Wellesley Streets for psychiatric patients, providing a place to meet, have socials, watch movies and recreate. Fr. Joseph identified these people as the marginalized, fringe members of our modern society. Saturday evenings were Entertainment Nights with magicians, singers and musicians and others performing. There were film nights, bingo nights, dances and guest speakers. Food was served regularly...hamburgers were 25₵! The Drop In’s were meant to both support and challenge those who came to them.

In 1979 the Yonge and Bloor Street location was closed so that Fr. Joseph could take a 1 year sabbatical at
Fr. Richard Rohr’s retreat center in New Mexico. While in his desert hermitage, Fr. Joseph did not abandon those whom we was serving, but came to this place of Spiritual Renewal believing in the power of prayer and that you could help these people as much by praying for them - if you cannot be physically present to them.

Returning to his beloved “Our Place” Drop In, in 1980, Fr. Joseph was met with 240 registered members all of whom would participate, at various times in the Coffee House, enjoy the lounge and also a library. In 1983 the Drop-In project bought a house on Berkeley St., St Clare House, to give once again, an opportunity for several post-psychiatric people to have affordable housing and live in a Christian community. This was closely followed by the purchase of a Retreat/Vacation cottage on Georgian Bay near the town of Elmvale ON, it was given the name “Little Portion” and became a place to create bonding among the members of Our Place and Fr. Joseph’s other residences. The cottage was for use by members of Our Place, social service agencies, religious retreats, hermitage experience, and/or individuals who wish to get away from the city to peace and quietness. Fr Joseph hoped that those who use the facilities may renew their physical and spiritual life in community.

As the 1980’s passed by, the houses on Berkley St grew from one to three and Fr. Joseph’s community’s grew along with the ministry. These homes were named St. Joseph House and St. Elizabeth House they were explicitly to be used as housing and community for ex-psychiatric patients and over time expanded to include 5 houses which were linked by back porches.

Unity and harmony is maintained by the community’s prayer-life and relationships with God. In all things the St Clare and St Francis community’s strive for happy relationships, between themselves as brothers and sisters, and with God their Father/Mother Creator. From this solid foundation members can then go out into the world and continue to build true relationships and community there. Poverello Charities continues to provide housing for long term consumers/survivors of the mental health system – residents help prepare food for communal meals And share in the care of houses

Fr. Joseph is probably best known for his work with people suffering from chronic mental illness which lead to the establishment of Poverello Charity in 1969, a work for which Fr. Joseph’s was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2012 by the then Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
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