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Gentle Priest and Heroic Witness - Fr. Daniel Chui, CSB (1959-2014)

December 23, 2014
Daniel Chui CSBSalt and Light Catholic Media Foundation mourns the loss of a great, holy priest, confrère, mentor and guide for our Chinese Department. Fr. Dan has been a very good friend and confrère to me for many years.  We worked together in our Basilian Fathers formation house and he was instrumental in helping to establish the Chinese Department of Salt and Light Television nine years ago. Daniel's heroic witness through his suffering over the past few years left a deep and lasting impression upon each of us. Last Friday, our entire Salt and Light Staff gathered around his bedside in the Basilian Fathers Infirmary and sang Christmas carols to him. His smile was radiant and his final words to us inspired us. He blessed us and we blessed him. I know that Fr. Dan's work is not done on our behalf. We have a great intercessor in heaven.
May this holy priest rest in peace and enjoy his heavenly reward with Emmanuel, God who is with us and wipes every tear from our eyes.
CHUI, Rev. Daniel W., C.S.B. - Suddenly in his room at the Basilian retirement home Anglin House on Sunday, December 21, 2014 after a three-year, peaceful battle with esophageal cancer. He was born in Hong Kong on September 19, 1959, the son of the late Pui Chui and Ying Tang. He met the Basilian Fathers at the University of Saskatchewan, was professed on January 2, 1996 and ordained June 29, 2000. He then served as assistant pastor at Assumption Church, Windsor, ON, for three years before being appointed as a teacher at St. Michael's College School while assisting in the formation of seminarians in the Congregation of St. Basil for four years. In 2007, he was sent to Holy Rosary Church, Toronto, ON, where he became pastor early in the next year until his cancer caused him to leave in 2012. After being diagnosed that he was in remission, he returned to Assumption Church in late 2012 until he returned to Toronto early this year to more easily access medical treatment. Daniel was well loved in the parishes in which he worked because he was unfailingly friendly and cheerful. Throughout his illness he impressed everyone with his peaceful acceptance of whatever was happening to him. This obviously demonstrated his deep faith in a loving God. He is survived by his mother Ying, his siblings Goretti, Sr. Maddalena F.M.A., Vincent, Christopher and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre, 95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, on Friday, December 26th from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. until a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, December 27th from 9 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph Street, Toronto. Burial will be at the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, ON. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Basilian Fathers Retirement Fund, 95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3C2. Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel.