Fr. Joseph Ferraioli, OMI

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Father Joseph M. Ferraioli, OMI, 73, died suddenly in Belleville, IL, on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Father Joe was born in 1949, to the late, Arthur and Ruth, nee Burgoyne, Ferraioli, in Medford, MA. After completing high school, in 1967 he joined the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate seminary program, pronouncing his first vows as an Oblate in 1971. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1977 in Washington, D.C.

As a member of a missionary religious order, he had various parish assignments in Florida, New York, West Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana, Minnesota, and California. He also served as a prison chaplain in Miami, FL. Since 2013 until his passing, he was a member of the St. Henry’s Oblate Community in Belleville and chaplain at the Benedictine Living Community, located at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mourning his passing are his siblings, Ellen Scott, Jim Ferraioli and Dick Ferraioli;
many nieces, nephews; residents and staff at the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine;
and nearly 3600 Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate USA, 9480 North DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the National Shrine Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the National Shrine Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL. The mass will be streamed on

Burial will be at the Oblate Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA.



10 Comments on Fr. Joseph Ferraioli, OMI

Cynthia Rosado said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2024 at 7:52 AM

My condolences to his family he was a wonderful person

  • Plantation
  • Florida
Father Michael Thomas, OSB said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2023 at 10:59 AM

RIP Brother

  • San Antonio
  • TX
Lois Abruzzese said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2023 at 9:03 AM

A dear cousin, may you rest in peace. You will be missed. Love and prayers.

  • Medford
  • New Jersey
Pete Barrett said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 8:22 PM

I'm saddened to learn of Fr, Joe leaving us so soon. I was privileged to get to know him while he served at St. Casimir in Saint Paul, MN. A true Oblate, he had an air of "I'm trying to figure out how to follow Christ myself, just like the rest of you folks." May he rest in peace.

  • Saint Paul
  • Mn
Jane Poelker Goepfert said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 3:17 PM

Fr Joe will be greatly missed. He was so kind to my father during his stay at The Shrine. Such a kind man and so good to my family.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Ray and Pat Barks said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 1:26 PM

I have had the pleasure of being the Organist for the BLC @ the Shrine Chapel for almost 40 years. Working, collaborating with Fr. Joe for the past 10 years was a joy. A truly respectful and kind man. Pat and I express our sincere sympathy to his family. Our dear friend, Rest in Peace. We will miss you. I'm sure the music in heaven is superb!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Fr. Bud Reardon said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 9:18 AM

Most sincere condolences to Joe’s siblings, and their spouses. Joe is one swell guy. I’ve known him since 1968 we kept in touch, not terribly often, but often enough. I trust that he has presented himself to our loving and merciful God who will bring Joe to perfection for all eternity. May Ruth and Arthur greet Joe with joy along w St Eugene and all OMI who have gone before him.

  • Boca Raton
  • Fl
Denise Nadeau-Hamel said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 9:10 AM

My dear cousin Joe, we are all saddened by your passing. I am sure you are reunited with all of your past loved ones, including your wonderful parents and mine. Wishing you peace and joy.

  • Palmdale
  • FL
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 8:53 AM

My deepest sympathy to Fr. Joe’s family. He always stopped by my aunt and uncle’s dinner table. I would join them once in a while and they loved his jokes and his personality! God bless you all at this difficult time. RIP FR. JOE!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Pasbrig said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 3:11 AM

My sincerest condolences on the loss of Fr. Joe. My jaw dropped when I saw that he had passed suddenly. I spoke with Father many times during my Mom's 5 year stay at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. My mother visited with Father regularly when she had questions and trusted Fr Joe to help her work through them; he always did. I am saddened by the loss of such a good man.

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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