Deacon Dr. Dominic Pullano Obituary, Maple St. David’s Parish Leader

Deacon Dr. Dominic Pullano: In Loving Memory

With heavy hearts, we share the news of the passing of Deacon Dominic Pullano, a cherished leader of St. David’s Parish in Maple. His departure on Saturday, November 4, 2023, has left his friends and family devastated.

Deacon Dominic Pullano was born to Michael and Maria Pullano in Toronto, Ontario, where he, along with his two younger brothers, was raised in an Italian immigrant family. Dominic attended a Catholic secondary school and later graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.

He continued his academic journey at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he pursued a Master of Arts in New Testament Studies, earning his degree in 1987. Despite his initial attraction to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Dominic’s spiritual path took a different direction after completing his novitiate. His deep-seated passion for pastoral ministry, nurtured during his time in the novitiate, led him to become a high school chaplain in 1989.

Deacon Dominic Pullano’s career was marked by dedicated service. He volunteered for nineteen years at various Catholic schools in a Toronto suburb while pursuing academic studies in youth ministry. Notably, from 2000 to 2004, he also held the role of president of the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario (CSCO).

In 2008, Dominic’s ministerial journey took two significant turns. He took on the responsibility of providing spiritual guidance and support to the staff in their personal and professional lives, a role he continued to prioritize. Subsequently, he enrolled in the diaconate formation program and was ordained in 2010 for the Toronto Archdiocese.

Upon ordination, he assumed the position of deacon at St. David’s, a well-known suburban church with a substantial Italian community. Over time, the St. David’s congregation became more diverse and cosmopolitan, and Deacon Dominic Pullano continued to serve them with unwavering dedication. At the time of his passing, he was in his seventh year at St. David’s, leaving a lasting impact on the parish and the lives of those he touched.

Deacon Dr. Dominic Pullano’s legacy of service and commitment will be remembered and celebrated by the community he served, and his memory will continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

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