With these words from St. Paul that were printed on cards to mark the occasion of his ordination, Fr. Vito Marziliano began his priestly ministry. In his 39+ years of priesthood (he had hoped to mark his 40th Ordination Anniversary with a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October of 2022), we have witnessed how he strived to fulfill them as he served the people of God to the very best of his ability.
We are saddened at his passing, and while we know healing from this pain is taking place we are also aware that it will take some time.
All of us know how much he touched the lives of countless people not just across the Archdiocese of Toronto, but also in different parts of the world.
We, his parishioners and friends, continue to express our profound wishes of condolences to his family.
We assure you of our prayers, which we hope may be a sign of God's peace for you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing Fr. Vito with us all.
There are no words sufficient to convey all our thoughts and emotions. Yet we trust in the loving mercy of our God.
With Mary, our mother, we pray for Fr. Vito's soul, and we rely on the promise of salvation that Her Risen Son opens for us.
"Blessed are you who mourn now, for you will be consoled."
Eternal rest grant unto Fr Vito, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul,
and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.