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Born: Aug 13, 1962

Date of Passing: Dec 13, 2020

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August 13, 1962 - December 13, 2020

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved priest, brother, uncle, and friend, Father Owen Steeves, on Sunday, December 13, 2020.
Due to current restrictions, a funeral and Celebration of Life will be held once we are able to gather at a later date.
Longer obituary to follow.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 18, 2020, Dec 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (28 entries)

  • I was so saddened to read the notice in the WFP today. Father Owen helped our family through some very difficult times especially with the the passing of my mother in law 14 years ago. His empathetic wit was exactly what we needed that day he came to our house. The service he helped us arrange for Marie was the most beautiful funeral ever. From those moments forward he helped our family at its darkest time No matter where he was. How can a family ever forget a person such as Father Owen. He definitely was an one of a kind man that was a privilege to know and count on. You will be missed. You will certainly be missed by the Kornell family. Rest In Peace 🙏🏼🤗 - Posted by: Roslyn Kornell (Parishioner Blessed Sacrament/Friend) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the passing of your brother. I knew the family from days gone by. There has been much tragedy and I am very sorry. My husband and I met up with Owen again a couple of years ago when they shared a hospital room. The funny thing was that even though the curtain was drawn, I heard Owen speaking and knew who it was. When I reintroduced myself, we laughed and Susan and Jim came back to the room. It was a perfect chance encounter. Owen certainly made my husband's stay more colourful and it was great to reminisce about the past. May God's face shine on Owen and the family now and always. - Posted by: Lynn Gillson (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear about the passing of Father Owen. He helped me at a difficult time in my life and embodied what the church should be. I returned to the church because of Father Owen. He had a quick-witted sense of humour, and keen insight into current events and the impact they may have on parishioners and was able to draw this together into eloquent sermons without notes. He demonstrated true leadership in his role of overseeing the parish, attending to the needs of the parishioners. He did not judge, he accepted people for who they were and welcomed everyone to the table, regardless of their background. He was unifying rather than divisive, and his messages were simple - be kind and respectful to each other. My family and I truly appreciated his unconventional sermons, his kindness at a time of need and his service to the community. One of his many messages that has stayed with me is the power of prayer during difficult times. Thank you for your service Father Owen. My condolences to the family, he was one of a kind and I was blessed to know him and be impacted by his kind spirit. - Posted by: Liz Pilcher (Parishioner) on: Dec 27, 2020

  • We were saddened to here of Father Owen’s passing. Not only was he our spiritual leader, from marrying our daughter and her husband to baptizing our grandchildren to being there for us at our parents funerals, he was also a good friend. We will miss him. - Posted by: Lorne Winnicki (Friend) on: Dec 25, 2020

  • I am shocked and saddened to learn about Fr. Owen’s passing. He baptized one of my daughters when he was at Christ the King. When he was at Anola, we used to go to mass there to see him on our way to visit my dad in Lac du Bonnet. We loved visiting with him and he always took interest and made my girls laugh. He was a very special person. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Jessica Olynick (Former parishioner ) on: Dec 24, 2020

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Father Owen only twice with his dearest friend Father Robbie McDougall. The two of them together is a wonderful memory that continues to make me smile. Father Robbie is grieving his lose but I know that you will comfort him as dearest friends do. Rest In Peace Father. You are so loved by so many. - Posted by: Maureen Murphy (Friend ) on: Dec 24, 2020

  • We hear with much sadness of the passing of our former pastor at Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Hope, Fr. Owen Steeves. We came to know Fr. Owen as a compassionate priest whose gift of reaching out and ministering to those who were grieving, journeying through serious illness, feeling alienated or lost was a blessing. Our prayers and sincere condolences to his family for their loss. RIP Owen John and Mary Gottfried - Posted by: John and Mary Gottfried (Former parishioners ) on: Dec 23, 2020

  • I knew Father Owen before he became a priest. I was fortunate enough to attend his ordination. He married my husband and I. He will be missed. - Posted by: Natalie staanger (Friend and parishioner at Blessed sacrament ) on: Dec 21, 2020

  • I am so sad to hear of Owens passing. He was such a good person , he always made me feel a sense of calm within myself and he made us laugh with his wit and sense of humour. My favourite memory of Owen was at my dads funeral , he soaked myself and Camille down with Holy water and he didn’t skip a beat to his service!! LOL. He was such a a special man and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him! RIP Owen ❤️❤️❤️ - Posted by: Audrey Cure (Cousin ) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Father Owen married us in 1998 at Christ the King. He was a wonderful priest and person and his presence will be so very missed. What a loss for everyone who knew him. We feel very blessed that he was our priest for even a short time. Our prayers are with his family. - Posted by: Anita and Chris Van Kats (Former parishioners Christ the King) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Father Owen was never one for titles. Whenever you would ask him a question and call him Father he would immediately say, in a friendly sarcastic manner, brother. His humility never allowed himself to bigger than anyone. His parishes were always open to all who entered and wished to be in the presence of God. His greatest gift was breaking down the gospel to layman's terms with relevence to our daily lives. When he came to Anola 20 years ago his impact was immediate on the community and myself. He help guide me back into the church at a time I had many questions. He will missed by myself and my family. He would remind us that mourning is about the living more then those who passed. May God be with you Owen and your memory continue to restore our faith. - Posted by: Chris (Parishioner) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Our condolences go out to Father Owens family. He brought new life to Blessed Sacrament in so many ways. His sermons were always off the cuff, short and sweet. He had a wry sense of humor. Loved by us all. Rest in Peace Fr. Owen. - Posted by: Jack and Jacquie Puranen (Parishioner) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • I was so sadden of Fr Owens passing - Fr Owen was a very caring priest and friend, I wish to extend my sympathy to his brother Jim and sister Suzie and his immediate friends who were with him for many years. RIP Fr. Owen - Posted by: Wanda Michalchuk (Friend) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • “Universalizing faith or "enlightenment", is that in which an individual would treat any person with compassion as he views people from a universal community, and should be treated with universal principles of love and justice”. Not my words but those that resonate in my thoughts of Father Owen. I know that faith and reason are complimentary and compatible paths toward knowledge of truth. And that leaves us with a duty to seek out Father Owen’s new presence accepting the mystery of his continued love and embrace. - Posted by: Gerald Geall (Parishioner Saint Mary) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • May his soul rest in peace, Fr Owen was known to me and our East Indian friends for about 8years. He always called our names eventhough we just told him once. He made sure he great one even the new faces,including our parents and in laws. I really miss his 17 minutes daily mass. He blessed our new house. His friendly appearance to kids and everyone was amazing. We really miss him. Praying for his departed soul. - Posted by: Ane Cristy Varghese (St Mary 's church, Beasejour ) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • Father Owen was a very good person, always a friend and helping people whenever he could. He has a special place in the Heart ❤ of our Family. Forever Missed, Lovingly Remembred. - Posted by: Noreen Grandy (Parishioner at St Marys RC Church, Beausejour) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • I can not believe that Father Owen passed away. He was a great priest. My parents had there 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago and he was the one that performed it for them. We all are sure going to miss him. Rest in peace father owen! - Posted by: Jen Mravinec (Friend) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • Reverend Fr. Owen Steeves was our Priest at Blessed Sacrament Parish a few years back. We really looked forward to his SHORT... but inspirational homilies, and also his little dog greeting us into the church! Father Steeves was a gentle soul with a loving heart and will be fondly remembered always by our family. With our heartfelt sympathy to those he left behind, Brian, Carla, and Matthew Slipec - Posted by: Brian, Carla, and Matthew Slipec (Parishioners/Friends) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • We were very saddened by the news of Fr. Owen’s passing - much too soon. It is heartwarming but not surprising to read all the wonderful comments as those are the ways we knew him during his formation and into his early ministry. We were blessed to have him as a close friend. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Gil and Deb Bernier (Long time friends) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • In 1992 I met Owen and he was my gift from God. He brought me back to the church and was my friend and teacher for a long time. I remember having many laughs with him and also shedding many tears. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and parishioners past and present. Rest in peace Owen. You will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Carole Johnson (Past parishioner at Christ the King) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • He was an excellent homilist. May he Rest In Peace 🙏 - Posted by: Bridget McCormick (Parishioner) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • Father Owen was a much loved pastor at Saint Mary in Beauséjour for many years. Our community will mourn the loss of someone so involved with the life cycle of baptisms, marriages, and deaths and other important occasions. His sermons were always so inspiring heartfelt and spontaneous with no notes needed. He will be missed. God bless Father Owen. - Posted by: Anne Wolkenstein (Parishioner) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • I was so saddened to hear of Father Owen's untimely passing. My family was fortunate enough to work alongside him while he was at Blessed Sacrament Parish. My fondest memories of Father Owen included his ability to always make us smile when he came thru the door. Our conversations along with his sense of humor always brought enjoyment to our time together. Father Owen was truly a memorable character who will be missed. - Posted by: Darien Briercliffe (Friend and Co-worker) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • I was so shocked to see that Father Owen passed away. I have several memories of doing funeral services with him and my late friend Richard Wojcik. Owen was gifted at caring for families through his ministry. I know he brought peace to many, many families. I hope that his family is granted peace as well. - Posted by: Paul Nairn (Work acquaintance) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • On behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary of Holy Redeemer Parish we extend our heartfelt and sincere condolences to Father Owens family and friends. Although we only knew him a short time we came to enjoy his wit, his humor and his service. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: June Gray (Parishioner) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Father Owen’s passing. Condolences to his family. He was a very caring, compassionate man with a wonderful sense of humour. It was always such a pleasure to attend his masses. He will be greatly missed. RIP Father Owen. - Posted by: Rick and Tracey Bonneteau (Parishioners) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • 2020 has been a year to forget. Many of us have lost loved ones to various illness. May you be comforted in knowing Rev. is in the presents of the Lord and he will be celebrating Christmas with Christ Jesus in heaven. For those left behind, be comforted in this and we will all meet again one day. - Posted by: Edna Barrie (Attended a few servicers with him) on: Dec 18, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the family! Hugs and prays . - Posted by: Debbie Sandul (Friend ) on: Dec 18, 2020

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