RIP: John Vennari

April 04, 2017
Source: District of the USA
Bp. Tissier de Mallerais and Fr. Jurgen Wegner listen to John Vennari's lecture during the 2014 Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City.

We present our condolences to the Vennari family and reproduce here the announcement released today. We offer our ardent prayers for our faithful friend and intrepid defender of the Faith as well as for his family. May he rest in peace!

"Joseph John Vennari died on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. E.S.T. It is not only Passion Tuesday, but the 98th anniversary of the death of Blessed Francisco of Fatima - the first Tuesday (the day dedicated weekly to the Holy Face) in April (the month dedicated to the Holy Face).

John received the traditional Sacraments and blessings of the Church several times during the past weeks and months. On Sunday, April 2, Holy Mass was offered in his hospital room. John was able to receive Holy Viaticum one last time, as well as Extreme Unction and the Apostolic Blessing.

John died wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and the cord of St. Philomena, with the St. Benedict Crucifix (with the special 'Happy Death' indulgence attached) next to him. He died shortly after the recitation of 15 decades of the Holy Rosary and during the recitation of the 'Commendatory' prayers for the dying, and being blessed with Holy Water. He died with his wife Susan and a close family friend at his side. Immediately after his death, another Rosary was prayed for the repose of his soul. 

Please keep the repose of John's soul in your Masses, Holy Communions, prayers and sacrifices. Funeral arrangements will be posted shortly. May John's soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Thank you and God bless you. The Vennari Family"


Visitation will be from 3-9 P.M. E.S.T. on Friday, April 7. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7 P.M.

Amigone Funeral Home (Tonawanda Chapel)
2600 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, New York, 14150

Solemn Requiem Mass

Priests and Religious are cordially invited to (attend in choro or sing with the schola) the Solemn Requiem Mass. Offered by Rev. Fr. Adam Purdy, the Mass will begin at 9:30 A.M.

Corpus Christi Church
199 Clark Street
Buffalo, New York, 14212

N.B. Use the zip code, for G.P.S. purposes, as there is another Clark Street nearby!


Immediately following the Requiem Mass, the interment will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mount Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Boulevard
Cheektowaga, New York, 14225


Please keep the repose of the soul of Joseph (John) in your Masses and other prayers. Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to:

Mrs. Susan Vennari
2316 Delaware Ave, PMB 325
Buffalo, NY 14216

or emailed to [email protected]