Rose Marie (Leyendecker) Wolfe passed away January 4, 2024. Born on March 4, 1938, she was 85 years old.

Fr. Joseph was grateful that, in God’s Providence, he was with his mother the last week of her life, just as he had been for his father, Nicholas, who passed away November 13, 2020.

Both of them received all that the Church offers for the dying from their priest son on the day of their death.

Rosie, as she was affectionately called by family and friends because of her joyful personality, had a deep faith in the Lord and loved to sing in the choir and with Fr. Joseph when he played the piano, just as she did the night before she died. She served as sacristan for the parish church in Cascade, Iowa for over 25 years.  A friend with all the pastors during their time in Cascade, they loved to banter and tease one another.

Eternal rest, grant unto Rose, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace.

338 thoughts on “Fr. Joseph’s Mother Enters Eternity

  1. Eternal rest grant unto her Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. Keeping you in my prayers Father Joseph. 🙏🙏

  2. Father Joseph, I was so happy to see you this morning at Mass . I didn’t realize until just now reading this that your mother had passed . You were telling us how you rode around looking at all tge Christmas lights and looking for manger scenes. Your homily’s always make me feel better. Your voice is very soothing and fatherly . I will pray for you and your family.

  3. I have great memories of uncle Nick and aunt Rose. They were such great people. Keeping them and their family in my prayers.

  4. My deepest condolences to you Father Joseph and to your entire family. May your mother rest in the arms of Jesus.

  5. You have our sympathies and prayers for the loss of you mom! May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

  6. Oh Father Joseph, I just watched Thursday’s mass when you said you had just visited your Mother, driving, looking at crèches in the area. I am so sorry for the loss of your pretty, smiley Mother, but am profoundly grateful you were able to spend time with her until her end on earth. The good Lord knows how special a person and priest you are to have given you this privilege!

  7. My sincere condolences Father Joseph I know what it is to lose your mother as I lost mine almost two years ago. I will pray for you, and please pray for me as well. Thank you

  8. MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES FATHER JOSEPH MARY AND YOUR FAMILY MY YOUR MOTHER REDT IN PEACE GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME

  9. I am so sorry that Father’s mother has passed. May she rest in peace. God bless you Father for all you do and have done with your life.

  10. My sincere condolences Father Joseph.
    Praying for the repose of the soul of your Mother Rosie.

  11. May her soul rest in eternal peace. And nay 5he family find strength in the newly born child our Lord Jesus Christ

  12. My Sincere Condolences for the loss of your mother. Eternal Rest grant unto Rose O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon her. May she Rest in Peace. Amen!🙏

  13. Fr. Joseph, you are in my prayers. May your Mother rest in peace. May perpetual light shine upon her and Eternal life grant unto her Oh Lord 🙏🙏.

  14. I’m sorry for the loss of your mom and happy for her new life. Don’t worry, you will continue to be loved. I love when I see you coming down the isle and try never to miss our morning family prayer. I love you.

  15. Our deepest sympathy to you Father Joseph and family. May your mother’s beautiful soul rest in God’s peace.

  16. Fr. Joseph, I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. It’s a difficult time, especially when both parents are gone. I can imagine how proud they were of you. My prayers go out to you & your family.

  17. Fr. Joseph, the Willoughby family offers heart-felt prayers at this time for the loss of your sweet mother, ‘Rosie’. May perpetual light shine upon her and may she rest In peace.

  18. M y sincere sympathy to you and your family, Fr. Joseph, on the passing of your beloved mother. May she see the glory of God in eternity. Peace to you.

  19. My deepest condolences to your dearest mother Rosie, may Our Lord grant her eternal rest and the perpetual light shine upon her always. We love you Father Wolfe, God be with you.

  20. God bless you, Father Joseph, as you lay your dear mother to rest. May our Lord and Blessed Mother be with you in the coming days and weeks with their loving arms of comfort around you and yours.

  21. So very sorry, Fr. Joe, but happy she is with Jesus and your dad ….God bless your family at this time.

  22. Dear Father Joseph we are so sorry to hear of your beautiful Mother’s passing. We know she is in Heaven with your Father in the Home we all pray to be in.

    Just yesterday we smiled and loved so much of your story about how just a few days ago when you were at home you and your Mom got in the car and went to look at the local Christmas lights and especially to see how many Nativity crèches there were. We thought how simple and how beautiful. We loved how you said it is something you both really enjoyed doing. It touched our hearts.

    I pray for comfort at your loss but am overjoyed at the thought that you were just with her and know that she is with Our Lord.
    Eternal rest to your beautiful Mother. God bless you for all you teach us and touch our hearts with by how you live your life and love God.

  23. A special mother to have raised a truly spiritual and exceptionally blessed lecturer of the Catholic faith. May God bless your family in this time of sorrow. Peace

  24. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FATHER OVER THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER…….HEAVEN’S GAIN..SR. HELEN MIRIAM SSND BROOKLINE, MA

  25. I am So Sorry for the loss of your Mother here on earth but, now in Heaven she will watch over you still more. O’ how Blessed to is your Dear Mother to pass on The Little Flower Therese’s Birthday!!! 🌹Saint Therese of Lisieux comfort Father Joseph with a rose from Heaven from his Mother Rose Amen🙏✨✝️✨🕊️🙏

  26. My prayers and thoughts are with Fr. Joseph and his family. May his mom rest in peace. I was honored to meet both his parents at a conference in Dubuque a number of years ago. God bless you all.

  27. Dear Father Joseph. I offer my deepest sympathy for the passing of your beautiful Mother. May the Angels lead her into paradise and may she Rest In Peace 🙏. Love ❤️ and Prayers!

  28. May Rosie’s beautiful eternal spirit & love surround you in the days ahead & may precious memories give you much peace & comfort. You’ve been so very blessed to have had such beautiful, holy & loving parents!

  29. Father, as you mentioned recently at daily Mass ~ how blessed and lucky you were to ride around with your dear Mother enjoying holiday lights and finding various Nativity scenes ~ what a precious memory! RIP dear lady.

  30. Rose Marie , we share the same name, may I be as fortunate as you to be blessed by a priest before Gid takes me from this world.
    May Mr. And Mrs. Nicholas Wolfe rest in the eternal peace of God. Amen.
    Fr. Joseph, my deepest condolences to your Family

  31. Fr Joseph, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. You can truly see the sparkle in her eyes. I am praying for you and all your family during this time. God’s eternal peace grant to Rose O Lord..

  32. May God give comfort to Fr. Joseph & his family. Eternal rest grant unto Rose O Lord & let perpetual light sone upon her. Amen.

  33. I wish to offer my deepest condolences to Fr. Joseph & his family on the death of his dear Mother Rose. May her soul & all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. God Bless & keep you in His tender care.

  34. Eternal rest, may God send comfort to the family and friends of this lovely lady. So sorry for your loss Father Joseph 😪

  35. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen 🙏 🙏

  36. With deepest condolences, to Father Joseph Mary and family, may you beloved mother and father rest in eternal peace, and the continuance of the Lord’s face shine upon them.

  37. Condolences to Fr Joseph on his mother’s passing. May she rest in peace and receive her reward from God. 🙏

  38. Fr. Joseph, I hope you find some peace in all your wonderful memories of your Mom. God’s Blessings .

  39. My deepest condolences Father Joseph all those beautiful memories you have of both your parents may she rest in peace

  40. Praying for Rosie and her family. I’m happy Fr. Joseph and his Mom were able to drive around and look at Christmas settings over the holiday and enjoy family rituals. May God comfort You as He welcomes Rosie with open arms.

  41. My deepest sympathies to Father Joseph and his family on the passing of his mother Rose. I pray her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace Amen.

  42. Praying for consolation for the whole family especially Fr. Joseph. May she rest in peace in the arms of God, Amen.

  43. Our deepest condolences to Fr. Joseph and all his family on the loss of his dearly beloved mother Rose. May the light of Heaven shine on her sweet soul. May she rest in peace.

  44. She was blessed to have a Son like Father Joseph. He will be praying for her and his Father Daily. She is with the Lord now,. May she rest in Peace.

  45. I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will pray for your mother and father that they are at peace and I will pray for you. God Bless you Father Joseph.

  46. May Rose be with God, the Father, the Son-Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit, filled with joy, full of youth, and free of suffering, Amen!

  47. She is now an angel. Rosie raised a blessed loving man. I’m sure she is joyfully praising Jesus now. Prayers always

  48. Our deepest condolences to Father Joseph Mary and his entire family. The fragrance of heaven has become even sweeter with another “Rose” in the heavenly garden. Rest in peace.

  49. father Joseph I am also so thankful to God that you were able to spend the Christmas season with your Mother

  50. Heartfelt Condolences to Fr. Joseph and family on the death of your dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

    As she joins het dear husband Nick in their heavenly home.

    May they rest in eternal peace.

  51. My deepest.sympathy to Fr. Joseph for the loss of your mother . Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Rose Marie Wolfe . and let perpetual light shine on her .May she Rest In Peace , amen

  52. may your parents rest in peace’ Prayers for you too. May I get to meat them soon. L am 93 years old, so it could be any day soon.

  53. May the soul of Mama Rose Marie rest in eternal Peace. May the Lord console her family and friends. I consider Father Joseph Mary as my Spiritual Mentor and always look forward to his masses and especially his homilies. Rev. Father, be strong and have faith because Mama rests with the Lord. She has fought the the good fight and finished the race. May the Blessed Virgin Mary hold her in Her Bossom. You Rev. Father loved her- but God loves her most. I am an ardent follower of EWTN from Kisumu-Kenya.

  54. Our condolences, may God receive your mother into heaven alongside your father.
    Our prayers are with you during this time of mourning and remembrance. Take comfort in knowing she is in the loving care of Jesus. Stay strong have faith, God and we all love and are praying for you. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

  55. With deepest sympathy, love and prayers for Fr. Joseph and family and for God’s Grace and Mercy on the souls of Rose and Nicholas that they rest in peace in the eternal light our Lord has promised to those who love him.

  56. Father Joseph, my sincere condolences to you and your family for the passing of your mother and father my prayers are with all of you.

  57. She has left a soldier with us in Fr Joseph to continue his mission. My prayers are with you during these sad times and loneliness. May my prayers bring you peace.

  58. Eternal Rest grant unto this beautiful soul, your mother Rose and let Perpetual Light shine upon her. God bless you Father Joseph and all your family.

  59. May Fr. Joseph’s mother & father rest in peace. May Our Lord comfort Father in his time

    Sorrow. God bless.🙏

  60. On behalf of my wife and I, accept our condolences at the passing of your mother. As you are a blessing to many, Fr. Joseph may you be strengthened at this time. Bud and Jane Baily

  61. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Mother Rose. You are all in my prayers.

  62. You and your Mom will be remembered in my prayers and during Mass this evening. May the Grace of God be with you.

  63. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at the loss of your mother
    So grateful you were with her at her passing, as you were for your father.
    May God be with you and your family at this difficult time. 🙏

  64. My condolences Friar Joseph. Although I didn’t know your mother, I knew many farm wives who truly ran the farm and raised the family. They only left the farm to go to church and a day at the State Fair. I pray for her quick passage to Heaven . God Bless you!

  65. Dear Fr. Joseph,
    Through the mercy of God may your beloved mother Rose rest in peace. May you be blessed, Father, in your loss with the comfort and peace that surpasses all understanding.

  66. Sorry to hear of the passing of Fr Joseph Mary’s mother Rose! So happy he got to spend time with her over the holidays! God bless her & may she RIP with the Lord!

  67. So beautiful that your Mom and Dad are now in heaven together! God bless you Fr. Joseph Mary and all of your family !

  68. God as received another Angel into his loving care. May you receive the peace and joy that is overflowing from Heaven from Rosie to you and your family. Jeanne Woods Shelter Island NY

  69. Dear Father Joseph, I don’t know you personally, but I know your heart from listening and seeing you on EWTN. Please accept my condolences upon your Mother’s death. She must have been a wonderful Mother to have raised such a Blessed Son. May she rest in the arms of the Lord, forever. God Bless You as you continue your path on earth doing what You do best, spreading the WORD of GOD.

  70. May both of your parents rest in peace My condolences to you Father Wolf and your family. God Bless

  71. Dear Father, I too was granted this Heavenly Blessing – to be with both of my parents at the end of their earthly life. I am grateful for God’s benevolence for us all and wish your mother eternal peace. Thank you for all that you do for us here Father Joseph.

  72. I pray for you and your family Fr. Joseph after your Mom Rosie has passed. I have recently been hearing your masses and enjoying your homilies. God bless you for all the work you do for the Lord.
    Blessings,
    Virginia Ross
    Lake City, Fl.

  73. God received another Angel into his loving care. May you receive the peace and joy that is overflowing from Heaven from Rosie to you and your family.

  74. Sincere condolences, Fr. Joseph, to you and your family. She will be added to our Wednesday night Zoom rosary prayer group for the repose of her soul.

  75. Father Joseph Mary receive my condolences for the departure of your mother to the Kingdom of God, may her soul rest in peace and may perpetual light shine on her…

  76. Jesus, Mary and Joseph bring Rosie and Nicholas to Your Heavenly home. Peace of the Lord be always with Father Joseph Mary and his family.

  77. Our heartfelt condolences our dear Rev.fr Joseph, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Be strong and keep trusting in God.
    May Mama’s soul rest in perfect peace and let perpetual light shine on her Amen 🙏😇🙏💔🙏

  78. I am so grateful to God who gave you dear father Joseph , the precious time spent with your mother Rose before she passed into eternal life !

  79. Rose went to the Lord to celebrate New Years and Epiphany with Mother Mary and St. Joseph. What a privilege to receive all the blessings and graces from her priest son before death. The Lord’s words Do not be afraid, I am with you are fulfilled and must echo in our hearts too. We trust you Lord that you will be with us even at our last breath and thereafter.

  80. May God comfort you, Fr. Joseph, as your memories keep your mother always at your side. You told us yesterday at Mass about your driving around the farmland with her looking at nativity scenes over Christmas; how blessed you are to have that sweet memory. Keeping you in my prayers.

  81. With deep and sincere sadness our prayers are
    being offered for Fr. Joseph and his family on the passing of his dear Mother Rose. May she rest in the eternal Peace of Christ Our Lord.

  82. Sincere sympathy to Father Joseph Mary and family on the death of your dear mother. She has now been united with your father in Heaven. May God grant them eternal rest.

  83. My deepest condolences to Father Joseph Mary.
    I know how deep and how difficult it is to lose your beloved parents. Especially your mother. My mom went to be with the Lord in 2019 and not a day that goes by where I don’t stop what I doing and thank my mom for all that she did for me. She led me to my God and throughout the years I have come to realize how important that was to my mom. She died reciting the rosary one early morning in April, and just know that you can always talk to your mom and she will hear you. In the meantime please know that we all have a blessed mother that will hold you and comfort you during your time of grief. I will continue to pray for you and your mom during my daily mass and during my Holy Hour with the Lord. May you feel a gentle but strong hug from your mom in your heart always.

  84. May God comfort you, Fr. Joseph, and give you peace knowing your mother is always at your side and beaming her love down on you. In your Mass yesterday you told us about you and she driving around the farmland looking at nativity scenes. What a blessed memory now to give you joy, thinking of her in heaven, and comfort. I will be praying for you.

  85. Dearest Fr. Joseph, I was so saddened to hear of your Mother Rose’s passing. So sorry. I am so grateful that your mother, Rose & your Father, Nicholas, GAVE us Y-O-U ♥. They were so gracious to share you with us. I love them for doing that. That You were there to bid them goodbye, had to be such an honor. U did good, Father. I have a Confession….I cried Father! Just brings back memories of my parents passing. The only thing that dries my tears is knowing that they both are with our Heavenly Father! I will light a candle for them. I will close now, Father. Szivculdi Szivnek, (Hungarian, for: Love, from my heart ❤ to your Heart) I watch Mass everyday. Bye, for now.
    Margaret Louise Joan Adams Simko.
    (Margie).

  86. Father. Thank you for sharing your graced parents in life and death, the richness of your roots of our Faith, in Iowans, Blessings of the United Hearts. upon you and your loved ones. Pacem

  87. My heart and prayers are with you Father Joseph and with your family and friends.
    I also lost my mother Rose Mary last Ash Wednesday.
    Lynn
    Colorado

  88. Sending condolences to Father Joseph. What a blessing you spent time with her before her passing. May she rest in peace.

  89. Mis sentidas condolencias al padre Josep por la partida de su señora madre. Que el Señor le otorgue la paz eterna. Desde Caracas Venezuela

  90. Dear Father Joseph Mary,
    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family specially at this time, along with prayers for your dear Mom Rose, as she enters eternal life with her Maker who she has loved so much.
    On hearing the sad news of her passing this morning, my next thought was of the wonderful blessing that the Lord provided for you to spend beautiful times together with her last week including your moments driving together to see Nativity scenes and enjoy the Christmas lights, and in praying the rosary together!
    We are all blessed by her through your witness, as I am certain you and many others have been by hers.
    May these blessings through our Lord be of great comfort to you and your family, and a continued witness for many.

  91. My condolences on the passing of your mother,Fr Joseph Mary. May she rest in peace aside your father again. God bless you and your family. Good to hear you were able to be with her at her last hours.

  92. the first thing I thought of wash the blessing Fr. Joseph received from being with his mother last week. I too was with my mother when she died. I will keep her in my daily prayers along with the family.

  93. My sincere condolences to Fr Joseph Mary and his family. May your Mother Rest in Paradise. 🕊️🌹

  94. What a beautiful bond Fr. Joseph had with his parents. Thank you Rose Marie for saying yes to life. Your son has helped me immensely in my faith journey. Thank you for sharing him with the world. May you Rest In Peace and Joy in God’s Presence.

  95. Jmj+ Our prayers and thoughts are with Fr Joseph. May God reward His mother for the gift of her son’s vocation and May she rest in Heavenly peace

  96. I enjoyed it when you would talk about your visits with your mother. Your love and respect for her was apparent. May your love for her heal the loss you feel.

  97. So sorry Father Joseph, eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her

  98. My sympathy to you Father Joseph and your family. It is hard to lose a sweet mother. I have lost my parents too. May she and your father Rest In Peace with Our Dear Lord and His Mother Mary. You are special to the Lord and your mother gave Him a great gift in you. May God Bless all of you.

  99. My deepest sympathy to Fr. Joseph, and all of his family, on the passing of his dear Mother. May his, and their, deep faith in Dear God comfort them. Just yesterday, January 4th, I watched Father Joseph say Mass on EWTN, and he spoke about just getting back from Iowa after spending Christmas with his dear Mother. He said they drove around looking at Christmas lights and seeing how many Nativity scenes they could find. I’m grateful to Dear God that He gave them this Christmas time together. 🙏 🌲 Sincerely, Marian Mientus

  100. My condolences to fr Joseph Mary may the perpetual light shine upon your mother may she rest in peace 🙏

  101. Such a blessing to both have a joyful mother, and to be with her as she ascended to her heavenly home! May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. And May you, Fr Joseph, experience joy through your tears, as you grieve and celebrate your mother’s passing to new life.

  102. My condolences to Father Joseph. You were so fortunate to have had such an amazing mother. May she rest in peace.

  103. My deepest condolences for Father Joseph and his family! Sending love and prayers for all, especially his beautiful Mom ❤️🙏🌹🕊️

  104. My deepest condolences to Fr. Joseph and his family, and all who worshipped with her at her parish church. May she have heard from Our Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant for raising for me a son, who is my dear and devoted shepherd to my people.” And we thank her, and Fr. Joseph’s dad, for the upbringing which brought him to God and to us.

  105. Fr. Joseph,
    My deepest sympathy on the passing of your beautiful mother. She shared so many similarities wi own deceased mother in service to our parish and her love of music. I pray for you as you move forward to celebrate her resting with Jesus. Peace to you.

  106. May Father Joseph and his family and friends be comforted and consoled. And please pray for all our loved ones who have died. Amen.

  107. So wonderful, Father Joseph, that God allowed you to spend time with her….may God hold and comfort you and your wonderful family…

  108. We love you, Fr Joseph! God’s choicest blessings to your beloved mother and father who so beautifully helped guide you to the fullness of our Catholic faith. You and all the Franciscan Missionaries are the loving, nourishing and healing touch of God to your global EWTN family! Extra prayers and rest in peace, Mama Rosie! Love to All the Wolfe family in JMJ. Amen.

  109. May you know that your mother is residing in heaven with our heavenly Father and His Son and the Holy Spirit

  110. May Rose rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus her Savior, and deepest condolences to Fr. Joseph Mary and Family. Hugs.

  111. My sympathies to you Fr Joseph. May your Mom & Dad rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord & Our. Blessed Mother ! And May she say hello to my Mom ! ❤️🙏❤️🙏

  112. Father Joseph , please accept our condolences and Prayers for you and you Mom may he be at rest in the arms of our dear Jesus .

  113. May God be with you during this time Fr. Joseph Mary and your family.
    So happy you got to spend the time you did during the Christmas season.
    Love and prayers.

  114. Our deepest sympathy to Father Joe on the passing of his mother. “May the Angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs greet you at your arrival and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.”

  115. You always spoke of your parents with such great affection and joy. May your memories lighten your grief. God blessed your Mother in life and again in her passing into the arms of Our Lord.

  116. Dear Father Joseph, I give you my deepest condolences for you and your family, RIP Mrs. Rosie. Father, may God bless you and console you now, and always.
    Sincerest condolences

  117. Dear Father Wolfe I send you condolences and prayer for your Mom and may she rest in Peace. I believe she is in HEaven with JESUS

  118. I was sadden to hear of the passing of your mother, Rose Marie. My condolences to you and your family and may her soul rest in peace

  119. Eternal rest grant to Rose Dear Lord and give peace and comfort to Father Joseph Mary and his family. GOD BLESS

  120. May Father Wolfe mother Rose rest in peace. O God let perpetual light shine on her. Amen. Take heart Father. ❤️

  121. May Rosie enjoy the gift of Eternal Life, she who lived a life of virtue on this earth and may Father Joseph and his family find comfort in their faith,

  122. Welcome Rose into the light of God’s Face. My prayers and condolences for Father Joseph and his entire family.

  123. As a participate with “Purgatory People”, I have include your parents Nicholas & Rose Wolfe to our daily prayers for the Holy Souls🙏🏻✝️♥️

  124. My condolences to father Joseph and his families,may the baby Jesus hold hands with his
    Mother and took her safety to heavenly Home of the Lord.

  125. Dear Father Joseph, Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother.
    My father also passed to eternity during the Christmas season, December 30,1986. Christmas was his favorite time of the year.
    Although we were very sad, we took consolation that he entered eternity at this time he loved so much.
    May your mother’s soul rest in peace.

  126. May the Lord console you, Fr. Joseph, and all your family on this heartwrenching loss of your dear mother. Your love for her and your father was a great witness to all of us. May the angels lead her into Paradise. May the Saints await her at her coming. May she rest in peace until you meet again. 🙏🙏🙏

  127. May Rose Marie and husband Nicholas and all the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen

  128. Dear Father Joseph, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this sad time. I am so happy you were with her. You even mentioned that you and your Mom drove around looking for Nativity sets in yards. Now we all have another person on heaven praying for you and all of us. God be with you always. 🙏

  129. My deepest condolences for Fr Joseph and family on the passing of his mom Rose 🌹.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you .
    RIP sweet Rose in the eternal light….🙏

  130. God Bless your Mother in heaven, and may God’s comfort and blessings heal the sorrow of you and your family at this time
    God Bless you all.

  131. Father Joseph, Know that I am praying for Rose RIP, and the Wolfe family. God bless you Father.

  132. Dear Father Joseph Mary. May your mother rest in peace. So providential that you were visiting her so close to her passing. My prayers be with you and your family.

  133. When Fr. Leonard announced Rose’s death at Mass this morning, I immediately burst into tears. God bless Rose and Nicholas and Fr. Joseph and his family. Fr. Joseph, I am so sorry.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

  134. Sincere condolences to Father Joseph and his family. May your mother rest in peace and enjoy eternal light from our Lord in heaven. I am just a daily mass watcher and you and the fryers are a spiritual blessing to me. My prayers are with you.

  135. Dear Father Joseph,
    I share in your sorrow over the passing of your dear mother “Rosie” to her Eternal Life”, to be with our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Holy Mother Mary and your dear Father. I hope to hear more about her in your Homilies in the near future . May she and all our beloved departed rest in God’s eternal paradise. Amen

  136. I live in England and we learnt the sad news from Fr Leonard celebrating mass.
    Fr Joseph we included your mum & yourself in our rosary that night after mass.
    I thought you might like to know that I am a catholic Religious Education teacher in England. I have used some of your catholic saintly testimonies that you share in your homilies; namely Sister Clare Crockett and many others.

  137. Fr. Joseph Mary has my sincere condolences on the loss of his mother. During his inspiring Mass homilies Fr. Joseph Mary has often lovingly referred to his family, especially his mother. May she rest in peace.

  138. with my aches and pains coming on but at least we have our memories they carry us through tonight when I watch mass I will offer up my communion for your mother and for you God bless you says:

    Father Joseph I watched you on mass last night and you spoke about being home for Christmas and one of the favorite things you do was you and your mom went out for a ride to look at the Christmas lights but you never said she passed away the week later my deepest sympathies to you I always enjoyed whenever you spoke of when you lived at home and your mom and dad owning the farm I’m so saddened to hear this but when we get to be the age that we are our parents have gone before us and all of our other relatives as well and of course I lost my husband as well to brain cancer but I know they are either resting or because they were the good people that they were God took them straight up to heaven I won’t know that till I go I’m 70 hey it could be next week could be 15 years from now depends on my day with my aches and pains coming on but at least we have our memories they carry us through tonight when I watch mass I will offer up my communion for your mother and for you God bless you

  139. I love the stories of your mom you told. Her love flowed through you into our hearts. Riding around looking at nativity scenes. Such a precious memory. Sending prayers that we could all be good faithful moms. God Bless all you do.

  140. My condolences and deepest Sympathy to you Fr. Joseph and your family on the passing of your dear Mother Rose. May she rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord with Mother Mary, the saints and the angels. God bless you.

  141. May Rosie rest in the arms of Jesus and Mother Mary. God comfort Fr Joseph and his family 🙏📿✝️❤️

  142. Father Joseph please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your beautiful mother. You just told us about your visit home and I have always noticed when you talked about your mother your face always glowed! You truly were a good son . May her soul find peace in the loving arms of God. God bless you and all your family. Thank you for your loving service to our Lord. Safe travels.

  143. OUR, CONDOLENCES. TO FATHER JOSEPH MARY AND FAMILY. MAY YOUR MOM,AND DAD. REST IN PEACE TOGETHER,
    GOD BLESS YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY’S

  144. May your Mom Rest In Peace, Father Joseph. She will be missed severely by you and your family. She has seen the face of GOD. We will pray for her.

  145. Fr. Joseph and family
    My condolences 🙏🏻
    Praying for you and your family.
    Rest in peace Ms. Rose and Mr. Nicholas.

  146. God bless you Fr Joseph as you struggle with the passing of Mother Rose. You are an Orphan now but so blessed to spend the last week with your parents Prayers sent

  147. Eternal rest grant onto Rose, My God, and may her Family be consoled. We thank Rose and Nicholas for the great sacrifice in giving this world a great priest formed in their loving care. Thank you God for this great blessing. Amen. 🙏

  148. I send Father Joseph and his family my condolences on the death of his mother. We will have a Mass celebrated for the sweet repose of her soul, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  149. I am sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you 🙏🙏❤️❤️

  150. May the Angels shine upon her and welcome her into Eternal Life. My prayers are with you Father Joseph and your family.

  151. Fr Joseph you have received such a gift to hold your Mother’s hand and she reached for Jesus in Heaven…just as you were there for your Dad. Prayers for you and your family. We love you

  152. I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to Fr. Joseph, on the passing of his mother. I know she rests in the splendor of our God. Thank you, Father for all you do at EWTN. At 82, I’m pretty much housebound. And your programs keep me going. God bless your mom for sharing you with us.

  153. Fr. Joseph, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your precious and beautiful mother. Thankful you were able to sing with her and be with her. Prayers for all who knew and loved her, especially for you. With love and gratitude to Rosie for bringing you into the world, as you have done so much for so many in our Dear Lord’s vineyard. -Salie Anne Henry

  154. Fr. JosephMary, you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. May The Lord grant your dear mother eternal rest I pray.

  155. May the soul of Rose and all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen 🙏
    My sincere condolences to Father Joseph and all who loved Rose.

  156. She seems such a joyful , very sweet loving lady with a sense of humor, Fr. Joseph🙏💜 you have a beautiful family ✝️ absolutely!Our condolences for the loss of your very precious Mother😇🙏 we love you so much and look so forward to your Homily’s and your daily Prayer🙏💜 before Mass💐🌿🌹 God Bless you All ⛪️✝️ and thank you so much!

  157. Father Joseph my prayers are with you and the family!! When I lost my my own parent(dad) my only consolation was he’s happier where he is now and I just can’t wish THIS life back on him again. It was too miserable for him. I was closer to Dad than to Mom. So my prayers, deep sympathy, and deep understanding are with you each one. And to think you JUST had that country drive with her! Isn’t God GOOD?!?!?!

  158. Father Joseph,
    I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, May she rest in Peace & May your Heart have Peace too! ✝️🙏

  159. Dear Joseph i see a picture with you and your parents, adorable, thank you!
    God bless you and bless father Nicholas and mother Rose wolf who are with god now! Rest in peace mother Rose and thank you for Joseph and whole family god bless you!

    Dear Joseph receive my hug and console of god this moment a light of jesus Christ Is a road for mother Rose wolf to be eternity with god and your father too 🙏 God bless you and your family, I’m too close un your heart, love in Christ! Sincerilly, Adalys

  160. 🙏🏻 Sending prayers to you Father, your sister, and all of your family at this time. May Rosie and your dad live in the arms of Jesus forever.
    May they rest in eternal peace.

  161. Father Joseph, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved mother. May she rest in God’s peace. May God grant you all comfort in this time of sorrow. God bless you all.🙏🙏🙏

  162. Father Joseph, so glad you were able to administer sacraments and spend life’s last moments with your dad and mom. May their souls lie in blessed repose and receive refreshment, light and peace until they’re called to be with Lord Jesus, our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit forever. Our deepest condolences, we love you very much!

  163. Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Rose Wolfe, and may perpetual light shine on her. May the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to Fr. Joseph and all his family. I will keep all of you and your parents in my daily prayers.

  164. Dear Father Joseph,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers for you and your family, and for the repose of her soul.

  165. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace
    Sincere condolences to father Joseph and family, may God bless you all Amen ❣️🙏🙏❣️

  166. My condolences to you and your family. She is now with Our Lord and Savior. May both your parents REST IN PEACE, AMEN.

  167. Condolences to Fr. Joseph and his family on the passing of his mother Ruth. May she Rest In Eternal Peace. Amen

  168. Father Joseph, I heard your homily as you so eloquently shared about this Christmastime with your mother, and the memories of your childhood making Christmas so real as you worked on the farm. God is so good to give you that time with her. Thank you for sharing. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord…

  169. Father Joseph, I heard your homily as you so eloquently shared about this Christmastime with your mother, and the memories of your childhood making Christmas so real as you worked on the farm. God is so good to give you that time with her. Thank you for sharing. Eternal rest grant unto Rose, O Lord…

  170. Deepest sympathy and prayers for Father Joseph and his loved one’s. May God hold Rose in the palm of His hand.

  171. God is so good to us all. I’m thankful that you were able to be with your mother on her last days. What a comfort that must have been for her. May her soul and the souls of all who have passed on, through God’s love and mercy, rest in eternal peace, with our blessed virgin Mother Mary and all the angels and saints. Amen

  172. My sincere condolence to Father Joseph Mary & his family. May our Lord grant Mrs. Rose Wolf eternal rest, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

  173. MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU FR.JOSEPH MARY. YOUR MOM WAS VERY CLOSE TO JESUS. YOUR FATHER BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR YOUR FAMILY. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR YOUR FAMILY. YOU DON’T KNOW ME BUT YOUR HOMILIES HAVE INSPIRED ME IMMENSELY.

  174. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS 💔🙏💜➕🛐☀🕊🌿♥🐾🌎 FATHER JOSEPH AND SWEET FAMILY”💕 SHE RAISED A GOOD MAN OF GOD AND YOU CONTINUE TO INSPIRE US SPREADING GOD’S WORD AND DOING HIS WILL FOR THE KINGDOM”💕 REST IN PEACE BELOVED ONE🙏💜➕🕊

  175. Fr. Joseph Mary Wolf MFVA, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you.
    With God there are no endings only endless beginnings. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    “Blessed are those that morn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
    Most Sincerely Joyce Kimmel.

  176. Fr. Joseph Mary Wolf MFVA, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you. With God there are no endings only endless beginnings. You are in my thoughts and prayers. “Blessed are those that mourn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
    Most Sincerely, Joyce Kimmel

  177. So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. Loosing our parents is very hard. May God give you n your family peace

  178. Dearest Fr. Joseph,
    Marty and I extend our sincere condolences on your beloved mother’s passing. What a beautiful gift to have you by her side while she went back to the Lord. God bless you and your family during this time.
    -JMJ-
    Pax et bonum
    Barbie and Marty Silva

  179. Dear Fr. Joseph,
    May both your mom and dad watch over you and remain in your heart forever. May they rest now with the Lord.

  180. God bless you and your family at this difficult time Father Joe. I’m sure your presence brought her great comfort.

  181. Dear Fr.Joseph, as the Angels guide your mother on her last ride they also were guiding my friend Judy. She also had a child hold her as she went for the final ride on the Angels wings. May they have peace and joy when they see our Savior.

  182. Dear Fr. Joseph what is blessing to be with your Parents on thier last days on earth, four years apart. My heartfelt condolence to you and your family. I will be praying for them. Your family is a model of truly Catholic family, living according to God’s will.
    I only know you via EWTN. God bless you and your Ministry.

  183. Father Joseph, my prayers go out to for you for the comfort and consolation of the Holy Spirit, as you await the joyful reunion with your mother and father and the eternal joy of Heaven. Until then May you be covered in prayer.

  184. Prayers and sympathy. Seems we should pray to your Mother instead of for. When you celebrate Mass I so appreciate your homilies . Thank you

  185. Fr. Joseph, how lovely that you shared with your Mom, trips to the countryside to view the Christmas lights and count the different Creche displays. Rose was also able to see her grandchild celebrate the first Christmas together. Hopefully these treasured memories will sustain you in the coming days. God bless you and the family at this time until you are reunited in God’s Kingdom.
    My deepest sympathies,
    Frances Bishop

  186. It’s so difficult to lose a mom even when you know she’s in heaven with your dad. I will light a candle at Mass
    tonight for your family.
    Thank you for all you do for our EWTN family.

  187. My condolences to Fr Joseph on the loss of his mother, Rose. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.🙏🏻

  188. Love and Prayers of comfort and happiness to the Family of Fr. Joseph during this time of loss of their dear Rose. Heaven has gained another beautiful star!!

  189. Our condolences on the passing of your Mother Rose Fr Joseph Mary May she rest in peace Amen Have you and family in
    Our prayers Andy & Sally Carril

  190. My condolences to you and your family dear Fr. Joseph. I will add her name to our prayer book at St. Augustine’s Church.

  191. Father Joseph , so very sorry to hear about your sweet dear mother Rosie has passed on . Praying for her, your family, friends and for you.

  192. Such a beautiful woman. Jesus loves her more than we ever could and knows the deepest longings of her heart. Everest rest be yours dear sweet Rosie & May His perpetual light shine upon your glorious soul.

  193. Dear Father Joseph Mary: Very sorry to hear the passing of your mother.
    You like my self were Blessed to have such loving and caring parents. Your parents had Strong Catholic Faith and passed this down to their Children! May your parents RIP with the LORD!
    Thank you for all you do for us, helping keep our Catholics Faith during these most challenging times in Our World Today!!
    I’am forever Grateful to EWTN and Mother Angelica starting in 1995 going through a difficult period in my life changing time, I remember when you at that time as young Priest and also listening to Mother Angelica ! I continue to watch and support EWTN! Thank you for all you do to help in Our Spirit Journey and GOD BLESS YOU Father Joseph!
    Dr. Thomas R. Berardi

  194. Dear Father,
    My sincere condolences to you over the loss of your mother. I lost my mom just shy of a year ago. While her absence will leave a void in your life, she will always be with you in your heart.
    How fortunate that she was able to receive the last rights offered by our church from you, her loving son.

  195. Fr Mary Joseph,
    I heard you speak so lovingly of your mom on many occasions and when you spoke of driving around Iowa and counting all the nativity scenes together this year. May she rest in perfect peace.
    Sending Condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    Andrea Bacino

  196. Requiescat in pace. Fr. Joseph, sending condolences, love and prayers to you and your family. Your mother is now a Rose in the Garden of Heaven. 🙏🏻😘

  197. My very sincere condolences, Fr Joseph! I have lost both of my parents over the last two years and know how much you will miss yours. May they be reunited and return to God!

  198. Dear Fr. Joseph, we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May God grant Rosie eternal peace and welcome her home into the arms of our Lord.

    1. Dear Father Joseph, we are sending our love & prayers to you & your family on the passing of your Mother❤️

  199. Dear Father Joseph,
    So sorry to hear of your precious mother’s passing.
    May the Angels of the Lord have received her soul and presented her to God the most High.

  200. My deepest condolences Father Joseph Mary
    I was at EWTN mass last week and during the homily you mentioned you were home at Christmas and did what you did best with your mom, a form of tradition, driving round the city admiring different Christmas decorations.
    And now she had passed on? We thank God for the opportunity you got to spend the Christmas with her
    The loss of a good mom cuts deep; I lost mine 2010 but it feels like yesterday; forever in our hearts
    May your mom, Rosie”s soul rest in perfect peace, Amen 🙏

  201. Dear Fr. Joseph,

    We heard about your mother while watching the daily Mass. We are praying for her and your family and friends.

    May eternal rest grant unto her and perpetual light shine upon her.

    Bob and Maureen

  202. Dear Fr Joseph,
    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Rose. I am praying for the peace that surpasses understanding for you and your family.
    I just know your beloved mom must be clapping her hands in joy at the beauty of Heaven as she is now united with the Lord and reunited with your dad!
    God bless you!

  203. Such a joyous blessing to be able to be with both of your parents before they embark upon their journey onto eternity. Loving prayers for you and your family.

  204. Father
    Your mom looked so amazing and joyful in those pictures. I know the void and absence will be felt by you and her family and friends thank you rose for sharing your son with us

    She

  205. Dear Father Joseph,
    How Blessed both your parents were to receive their last anointing from their Priest Son, that is a special Grace for them from our Almighty God. May both your parents Enjoy Heaven with Jesus, Mary, Saint Joseph and all the Angels and Saints, keep them in my daily prayers. Our condolences to you and your family.

  206. Dear Father Joseph,
    We can be left with nothing greater than gentle memories of one who has touched many lives in many ways. May the gift of gentle memories bring you peace at this time of loss. God Bless You.

  207. My deepest condolences to you Father Joseph and your whole family! I have loved how you’ve always talked about your mother and family from Iowa. It’s hard to loose your last parent. I love your stories and how relate those life things to the daily readings and gospels. May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family. May He give you His comfort and peace as you have brought it to me and so many through the years of your priesthood

  208. Dear Father Joseph I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Mother and that you were able to be with her for the week prior to her passing. I am sure she is with our Glorious Lord and your Father. May God bless you Father and all the Fathers of the Eternal Word.

  209. Dear Father Joseph,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    When you lead us in prayer before the Daily Mass I feel the deceased and living of the EWTN Family are praying
    together. We are kept aware there is so much to pray for. Thank God for our parents.

  210. Father Joseph
    You and your family are in my prayers. I love hearing you speak of your family in Iowa. What a blessing! May your Mother rest in peace and may you find comfort in our Lord.

  211. MY DEAREST FR. JOSEPH MARY WOLFE MFVM.MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER AND LATE FATHER.
    WONDERFUL CARING LOVING PARENTS.
    MAY THEY BE CLOSER TO JESUS AND HIS FAMILY.
    I WROTE THIS BEFORE AND I DIDN’T SEE IT.
    I DO TRULY MISS YOU AT MASS.
    I DO SEE YOU ON LIFE ON ROCK.
    MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS FOR YOU AND YOUR SISTER.MAY GOD BLESS YOU.🙏✝️😇🤍🕊💙❤️

  212. May Fr. Joseph’s mother Rose rest in peace. I appreciate all the homilies and articles written by Fr. Joseph. They seem inspired by the Holy Spirit. May God continue to inspire MFVA and bless their families and bless the world.

  213. Father, my mother recently passed too on January 10th I’m struggling with it a lot. May both our mother’s rest in peace. God bless you.

  214. we miss you and your beautiful homilies, give the bread of life to your family now who are mourning there Rosie. We love you and pray for u everyday

  215. I apologize for the late response but I want you to know I keep your mom in my prayers as well as all the friars. I am grateful I can afford to pay extra on my tv bill to get EWTN. I pray the rosary every day with Fr Mitch, the vespers and other programs on EWTN. I thank God everyday for this service. I THANK YOU. Please keep us in your prayers in this trying time in my children Elizabeth and Andrew and my life. Thanks Cheryll

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