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MaterCare remembers Dr. Robert L. Walley

In Canada

Dr. Robert Lester Walley born June 30th, 1938,  passed peacefully away surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Predeceased by his father Leslie Walley and Marjorie Walley and his special grandson Keagan. Leaving to mourn with the most amazing memories, love and gratitude his beloved wife Susan, his children Sarah (Bill), Simon (Danielle), Stephanie, Roisin (Cooper), David (Justine), John Paul (Michelle) and Peter (Amanda), his grandchildren, Will, Calleigh, Matthew, Robbie, Kayla, Emma, Luke, Noah, Eve, Freya, Nicholas, Jude, Tahlia and Zayn.

With special thanks for their wonderful care; Dr. Robert Woodland, Dr. Susan Macdonald, Jennifer Carroll RN and two of the most wonderful caregivers Ghalib and Sunday.

Robert has an extraordinary life as an OB/GYN, a Master of International Public Health (Harvard), Emeritus Professor at Memorial University.  Instrumental to the start of the Family Life Bureau of Newfoundland, a member of the Right to Life association, appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Council for Health and a member of the Order of the Knights of Malta. Recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (The Cross of Honour). He leaves a great legacy of bringing thousands of children into the world as well as creating MaterCare International, which provides safe motherhood for women in developing countries.

He will be remembered for his love of a pint at the Duke of Duckworth.


Dr. Robert Walley passed peacefully away June 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MaterCare International, 257C LeMarchant Road, St. John's, NL A1E 1P8

A private Funeral Service will be held at St. Pius X Church on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Prayers, guestbook signings and flowers can be sent at:

In Poland

A Holy Mass was celebrated in Warsaw, Poland by Archbishop Henryk Hoser on the 2nd of July for Dr. Robert L. Walley.


The mass was attended by Professor Bogdan Chazan, MaterCare's Medical Director who delivered the eulogy.

"Dr. Robert Walley was incredibly hardworking. Together with his team, he drafted documents to guide Catholic doctors, and produced guidelines for maternal and neonatal medical care compatible with the Gospel. They were based on the "four c’s:" conviction, competence, compassion and community. He prepared the "Charter of Mother’s Rights" and organized eleven international conferences in Rome, one in Warsaw and one in Zagreb, all of  which successfully evangelized their delegates. The meetings focused on important, contemporary  problems facing Catholic doctors, and presentations covering the “four c’s” were given by well-known and respected lecturers.

He tirelessly went where mothers needed help. Robert did not want the organization he created to restrict its activities to being a "talking shop," merely discussing and issuing statements, but to act." MaterCare Medical Director, Bogdan Chazan MD, PhD .

Read the full Eulogy here on our blog at:


"R.I.P. Dr. Robert Walley"
By Anne Lastman


Announcement on Dr. Walley

By Lianne Laurence

Catholic Register

"Dr. Walley dedicated life to maternal care"

By Brian Dryden


By Dr. Bogdan Chazan

and Dr. Elvis Seman

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