Brother Richard Joyal, SM


I wrote an article about our dear friend Brother Richard Joyal for the Prairie Messenger. It was good to write about all the fond memories that we have of him – a life filled with such joy and generosity of spirit. The above photo was taken on a visit to our home a couple of years ago. (David is on the left and Richard on the right.)

The ache is still very much there. Every time I see a photo, think or talk about him I feel a great knot in my stomach and the tears start again. The deep grief is felt by all who were blessed to know him…and he was known and loved by many around the world.

His funeral and burial will be in Québec. A memorial mass to celebrate his life will be held in Winnipeg at 11:00 am, May 25 at St. Boniface Cathedral.

Brother Richard had a true missionary’s heart. He loved the world and all her people, relishing each and every new adventure he lived within his Marianist vocation. We can only imagine the joy he must now be experiencing in that glorious communion of saints; the greatest of all adventures and a joyous party for all eternity.

Brother Richard: a man with a true missionary’s heart