With sadness, we inform you that our dearest Fr. Joseph Visentin went to the Father's House today at 7:45 am. He resided in Allambie Heights, NSW. Father Joseph's health had deteriorated rapidly since last week. He was very weak after suffering an infection in his lungs and kidneys. Nevertheless, he was a week out of the hospital.
Father Joseph was well known for his dedication to the pastoral mission and service in the Scalabrinian Family. At the Congregation level, he served as General Councilor (1969-1974), a teacher, and eventually rector at Sacred Heart Seminary at Stone Park, Illinois, USA. He was also rector at St Charles Seminary (Theology), Staten Island, New York, USA.
In 1974, Fr. Joseph was appointed to the St. Frances Cabrini Province (SFCP), where he served as Assistant Priest (Mater Christi Parish, Seaton, SA), vocation promoter, and coordinator of the Italian Apostolate in Melbourne. Between 1985 and 1991, he served as Provincial Superior. In addition, in the Philippines, Fr. Joseph was rector of theology at the Scalabrini Theological House of Studies (STHS) in Manila, Novice Master, Spiritual Director, and mentor to many of the Scalabrinian priests.
In October 2014, he returned to Australia and was assigned to Holy Spirit Parish, New Farm, QLD as resident semi-retired priest.
In June 2021, he went to Bexley House for retired priests. In February 2022, he went to Allambie Heights, NSW, where he resided. Fr. Joseph was a missionary priest characterized by putting his talents at the service of the Scalabrinian Family. In addition, he contributed to the translation of various documents from Italian to English.
Father Joseph, thank you for being an example of dedication and inspiration for many Scalabrinian priests in this Provincial and the Congregation. We are in the process of organizing his funeral; as soon as we have all the details, we will inform you.
We extend to Fr. Joseph's family our deepest condolences and prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen