Passing of Father David Norris

Posted On Thursday November 05, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share with our school community of Fr. David Norris’ passing. Father Dave began serving Durham Catholic schools in 1999 at St. Marys C.S.S. and expanded his ministry as he shared his infectious love for music and Christ with our staff and students. Fr. Dave will be greatly missed by so many in the Durham Catholic community. We love you very much Fr. Dave, may you rest in God’s radiant glory.  

The funeral Mass for Fr. Dave Norris will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 9, and will be livestreamed from St. Isaac Jogues Church at . Interment follows at 2:30pm at the Jesuit Cemetery in Guelph, ON. The above link for the livestream will be available for 30 days for those who cannot watch it at 10:30.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jesuit Advancement Office, 43 Queen's Park Cres. E., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3, (416-481-9154) would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

1940 - 2020  

David Norris of the Society of Jesus died on October 31 at the Jesuit Infirmary, Pickering, ON surrounded by his sister Mary, good friends and Jesuits. Born in Kingston, ON he was the son of John J. Norris and Jean Kettle. He was 80 years old and was a Jesuit for 61 years. He was ordained on February 16, 1974 and then went to Lusaka, Zambia where he did pastoral ministry for 11 years. For health reasons he returned to Canada where he did pastoral work among the Indigenous people Goulais River, ON and the North Shore of Manitoulin Island. In 1988 he returned to Zambia for 9 years. In 1997 he returned to Pickering, and did pastoral ministry in the Catholic High Schools in the Durham Region. He was much appreciated for the joy and the affirmation he and his guitar brought to all. On weekends he loved to celebrate Mass at St. Andrew Kim Korean and Blessed Chinese Martyrs Churches.