Father Joseph Wang died peacefully on July 15, 2016 at the Toronto General Hospital. He was in his 83rd year and in religious life for 64 years. Fr. Wang was born in Tianjin, China on January 3, 1933, son of Wang Pei Yuan and Wang Su Hwa. Joseph converted to the Catholic faith when he was 16 years old and was baptized on April 16, 1949. Three years later, on November 11, 1952 he entered the Jesuit Novitiate in the China Region. He was sent to the Philippines to begin his Jesuit life. He taught mathematics and science during his regency. He was ordained a priest on May 9, 1965 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Later through an arrangement with his provincial and Canadian Catholic bishops, he immigrated to Canada and served as a priest to many west coast communities. He served in pastoral ministry in many areas of British Columbia, including Prince George, Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Mill Bay, and other Catholic communities on the West Coast.
He moved to Eastern Canada, first Pickering and then Toronto in 2011. In Toronto, he provided ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Fudger House, Chinese Martyrs’ Parish and St. Agnes Parish. Every weekend he would do a full measure of ministry using both his Chinese languages. He was doing ministry every day of his life until the day he died. His community would enjoy and encourage him to pray the grace before meals in Chinese.
He loved languages and was learning French every day in his later years. He would sit outdoors in all kinds of weather in the evening praying his rosary. He was loved and appreciated and remembered for his gentleness and wisdom.