Father Dominique M. Fiore, of St Anthony of Padua Parish in Ottawa was born in Montreal (Quebec) on September 21 1925, the son of Nicola and Carmela Scardera. He was baptized on October 11, 1925 in the Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel church, diocese of Montreal (Quebec).
He completed his secondary studies at the Juvénat Saint-Alexis in Ottawa from 1938 to 1942. He then continued his studies in philosophy (1943-1946) at the Collège Dominican in Ottawa and his theological studies (1946-1949) at the Marianum Faculty, Rome, Italy.
He received priestly ordination on April 16, 1949 in the Basilica of Saint John in Lateran, Rome, Italy.
In 1949, he joined the family of the Parish of Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense in Montreal (Quebec), Canada. In 1950, he was given a family appointment to Holy Rosary in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In 1952, he was appointed by family to the Parish of St Anthony of Padua Parish in Ottawa and there, was curate at the parish until 1953.
From 1953 to 1970, he was back at Holy Rosary in Winnipeg and from 1955 to 1970 he was pastor there. From 1970 to 1971, he was family at Sainte-Brigide in Montreal for studies at the Pastoral Institute. From 1971 to 1976, he was vicar at the parish of Saint-Antoine-de-Padua in Ottawa and bursar of the community. From 1973 to 1976, he was prior of the Saint-Antoine-de-Padua community in Ottawa.
From 1976 to 1995, he was vicar at the parish of Holy Rosary, Winnipeg, as well as prior of the community of 1976 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1995. Since 1995, he was in the family at the Parish of St Anthony of Padua in Ottawa. He exercised his ministry as vicar as well as in many chaplaincies in Ottawa.
Brother Dominique was proud of his Italian origin and had a deep sense of family. He was very attached to his human family, to his Servite brothers and to his parishioners. He was one good and generous man. Faithful to the Gospel, he cared for his brothers and sisters in Christ by showing them all the attention and delicacy of which he was capable. He was always a brother very involved in his religious life and within his local community by carrying out various tasks. In recent years, he regularly reminisced about his golden years in Winnipeg.
His leaving this part of the country that he particularly loved was heartbreaking for him. In addition, he had great difficulty accepting and adapting to the reality of the Church of today. He was a great sportsman. Passionate about golf, he liked to devote himself to it in his free moments and on vacation.
He was a welcoming and compassionate brother to all people. Pastor at heart, he was
a brother at the service of brothers and sisters. He had a deep sense of celebration. He liked to be well surrounded around the table for a good meal. Following an illness, on June 18, 2015, Father Dominique M. Fiore died at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa (Ontario) Canada at the age of 89, of which 71 years were devoted to religious life.
The Eucharist of the Resurrection, presided over by Monsignor Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, was celebrated on June 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish of St Anthony of Padua Parish in Ottawa.
A Eucharist was also celebrated in his memory at the Parish of Holy Rosary in Winnipeg the week after the funeral. Awaiting the resurrection, the mortal remains of Brother Dominique M. now rest buried in Notre-Dame Cemetery in Ottawa. As our Constitutions prescribe (chap. III, art. 32), let us manifest our love for this
deceased brother, imploring the mercy of the Lord for him.
For many years, Father Fiore was a tireless and dedicated worker for St Anthony Parish. We pay tribute to him with some memorable photos here.