Fr. Alphonse Anthony Maria de Valk, CSB

March 27, 1932April 16, 2020

Peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital on April 16, 2020. Fr. Alphonse was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on March 27, 1932. He was predeceased by his parents Martien and Christina Lutkie, and by his brothers Matthew, Charles, Neil and Peter. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Mary Joan and Patricia. He entered the Congregation of St. Basil and was professed in 1962. After studies in Toronto at the University of St. Michael’s College and St. Basil’s Seminary he was ordained a priest in 1965. Subsequently, his priestly ministry was mostly as a teacher at St. Thomas More College (Saskatoon) and St. Joseph’s College (Edmonton). Fr. Alphonse was very active with Campaign Life and was editor of Catholic Insight magazine. In 1985 he was assigned to live at Soulerin House at St. Michael’s College School (Toronto). In November 2018 Fr. Alphonse moved with the Basilian Fathers’ Retirement Community to Presentation Manor (Scarborough). In light of the current pandemic, there will be a Funeral Mass for Fr. de Valk at a later date. Burial will be at the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, ON. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Basilian Fathers Retirement Fund, 95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3C2.


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Fr. Alphonse Anthony Maria de Valk, CSB

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Grateful Former Employee

May 13, 2020

Thank you +Fr. De Valk for praying the rosary, holy hours and offering Eucharistic adoration and benediction for the faithful during your priesthood!

A beautiful Mass in Memory of Fr. De Valk was celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2020 and livestreamed on the March for Life Canada Youtube channel:

A Friend

April 22, 2020

Heartfelt condolences. He had great devotion to Our Blessed Mother and the Church. May this saint rest in peace. He was a most exemplary and humble priest. Thank you Fr. De Valk all you did for love of God and souls and for this radio interview about your life:

Attendee at his Marian Movement of Priests Cenacles

April 22, 2020

Fr. De Valk was a giant for holiness! I recall first meeting this courageous priest when he led peaceful rescues to save unborn babies and help pregnant moms. As he was dragged off to jail he led hymns, prayers, the Rosary and kept others in good spirits. It like a retreat where participants felt protected, joyful, blessed and Christian. His Marian Movement of Priests Cenacles with well-prepared sermons unleashed a huge flood of grace. Having this friendly priest at Catholic Insight was a delight. He was there for the persecuted remnant and to lead the wayward back to the fold. He did not shrink from his priestly duties. He promoted Eucharistic adoration. What a brilliant writer, editor, and hard-working disciple. He was master at preaching the truth. He would have made a great bishop or cardinal. He was an excellent listener and gave sound advice. Thank you Fr. De Valk for being a priest and friend for faithful Catholics to rely on as a source of Truth and Light. It was truly an honour and a privilege to have met you! You will be greatly missed now, as Heaven rejoices on the other side! Well done, good and faithful servant of God!

Nicholas Burn

April 19, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Father Alphonse’ passing. We first met at the Centennial flame during the March for Life when I was a contributor to Catholic Insight magazine. May his flame now burn brightly forever in the loving embrace of Jesus. Condolences to all who will miss him.


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