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Permanent Diaconate Program - Deacon John Vallely - Obitiuary

Deacon John Vallely
October 16, 2017            

Dear Member/Friend of the Alumni Association

We wish to inform you that one of our beloved Alumni has died:
Deacon John Vallely, Diocese of London
Year of Ordination/Graduation:   2001 MDiv/2005 Permanent Deacon                 

Deacon John Francis Vallely died peacefully at LHSC University Hospital, London on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at age 70. Beloved husband of Susan.  Dear father of Paul and Alan (Arale).  Dear brother of Father Martin Vallely.  Predeceased by his parents Frank and Audrey Vallely and his in laws Alfred and Lucille Girard. 

John retired in 2008 from a distinguished career as a urologist, both in surgery and in teaching in London.  John devoted himself totally to the service of the Church, especially his beloved Holy Family Parish.  Ordained in November 2005, in the first class of Permanent Deacons of the Diocese of London.  John oversaw the Diocesan Formation and Study Program for the Permanent Diaconate until 2016.  He continued as the Director of Permanent Deacons in the Diocese until his death. 

Visitation will be held at Holy Family Parish, 777 Valetta Street, London on Thursday, October 19th from 2-5 pm and 7-9pm.  Vigil prayers offered at 7 pm.  Visitation will continue on Friday morning, October 20th from 10 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 am.  Interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery.  Reception to follow the Funeral Mass in Holy Family Parish Hall.  Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of   Deacon John Vallely and remember his family members in your prayers and at the celebration of the Eucharist.

Sincerely yours,

Rev. Michael Prieur,


Permanent Diaconate Program:

Restored after 1500 years by Second Vatican Council, the Diaconate is rooted in the New Testament Church. The apostles chose deacons to help them respond to the pressing needs of the infant Church and to maintain fidelity to its mission of service. Deacons are called to embody the ideal of every follower of Christ, to be "one who serves." (Luke 22:27) 

Permanent Deacons are:

Ministers of Service - Though all are servants by Baptism, the permanent deacon is ordained as a sacramental sign of the Christ the Servant. Deacons offer direct service to those in need, and also help church members to discover their participation in the ministry of Christ. Service is the calling of the deacon.

Ministers of the Church - Permanent deacons are ordained for the service of the diocese and are recognized as collaborative associates of the Bishop and priests, lay ministers and professionals. The ministry of permanent deacons in parishes, and in special outreach ministries, calls for a team approach complimentary to the ministries of others.

Ordained Ministers - Permanent deacons share in the Sacrament of Orders with the Bishop and priests. By ordination the permanent deacon is brought into a new relationship in Christ through the Holy Spirit. Graced for ministry, the permanent deacon is publicly acknowledged by the Church as one called by God to serve the community of believers and the evangelizing mission of the church.

What They Do - A permanent deacon's ministry evolves in response to specific needs and his God-given talents. There are three dimensions of diaconal service: Ministry of Love and Justice, Ministry of the Word of God, and Ministry within the Liturgy. Permanent deacons prepare the faithful to receive the sacraments and to carry out their vocations as baptized Christians. They are able to preach, teach, counsel and give spiritual guidance. They baptize, witness marriages and preside at wake services. In all that they do, permanent deacons act as servants of the church.​