Father Normand Carpentier
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Normand E. Carpentier, 71, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Auburn.
Normand was born on April 5, 1945, the son of Charles E. and Adrienne (Lajoie) Carpentier. After grammar school, he completed his high school and two years of college at the Seminaire de Sherbrooke, Quebec. He then completed his philosophy and theology studies at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore. He was ordained by the then Auxiliary Bishop of Portland, the Most Reverend Edward C. O’Leary, on May 29, 1971, at St. Louis Church, Auburn.
During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Norm served in the following assignments
- Holy Rosary Parish, Caribou – Parochial Vicar (June 1971-May 1972)
- St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madawaska – Parochial Vicar (May 1972-January 1977)
- St. Ignatius Parish, Sanford – Parochial Vicar & Temporary Administrator (January 1977-November 1978)
- Holy Family Parish, Lewiston – Parochial Vicar (November 1978-June 1981)
- St. James the Greater Parish, Baileyville (Woodland) – Pastor (June 1981-September 1983), and added St. Ann Mission, Peter Dana Point, Princeton – Administrator (December 1981-September 1983)
- Sacred Heart Parish, Portland – Pastor of Collaborative Ministry & Maine Medical Center, Portland – Chaplain (September 1983-June 1987), and added Diocesan Coordinator of Institutional Chaplaincy Program (January 1984- June 1987)
- St. John the Baptist Parish, Winslow (July 1987-March 1993)
- Holy Cross Parish, Lewiston – Parochial Vicar (March 1993-June 1993)
- St. Margaret Parish, Old Orchard Beach – Pastor (July 1993-June 2003)
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Windham – Pastor (July 2003-June 2009), and added St. Joseph Parish and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Mission, Bridgton-Fryeburg – Administrator (September 2008-June 2009)
- All Saints Parish, Brunswick/Bath/Newcastle/Boothbay Harbor/Richmond/Harpswell – July 2009-June 2015)
After retiring from full-time ministry on July 1, 2015, Fr. Norm continued to be of assistance in several parishes throughout the diocese, and since November 2016, he had served as Vicar for Priests.
During the course of his ministry, Fr. Norm also served the diocese, its bishops and brother priests in the following roles:
- Diocesan Priests Senate/Presbyteral Council (1982-1987; 1994-1999; 2016-present)
- Diocesan Review Board (2008-2015)
- Priest Personnel Board (1977-1980; 2010-2015; 2016-present)
- Vicar Forane/Dean: Southern York Deanery (1977-1979); Northern Kennebec Deanery (1987-1988); Northern York Deanery (1996-2001)
- Volunteer Staff to the Diocesan Marriage Counseling Service
- Chaplain to Knights of Columbus: Rev. J.J. McGinnis Council, Sanford; St. Croix Council, Calais; St. John Council, Winslow; Council #2266, Old Orchard Beach; and Council #1947, Brunswick (also Faithful Friar)
To view his obituary, please click on the following link: http://www.albert-burpee.com/current-services/father-normand-e-carpentier.html
At the time of his retirement in 2015, Bishop Robert Deeley wrote a letter to Fr. Norm and said, “Generosity, compassion, charity, kindness and sensitivity are the traits that characterized your priestly ministry. Indeed, Fr. Wilfred Ouellette’s words have proven true; you have been an asset to the diocesan clergy.”
The family of Fr. Normand Carpentier has announced the following funeral arrangements:
Reception of the Body & Wake: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 3:00 PM, followed by visitation until 7:00 PM, at Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME (Prince of Peace Parish)
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM, at Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME (Prince of Peace Parish)
Committal/Interment: Immediately following the funeral Mass, at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Switzerland Road, Lewiston
The Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, Bishop of Portland, will be the principal celebrant. The Reverend Frank J. Murray will be the homilist. Other designated concelebrants, pending their availability to attend, would include: Fr. Timothy Nadeau, Msgr. J. Ford, Fr. Fred Morse, Fr. Joel Cyr, Fr. Thomas Lequin, Fr. John Feeney.
May Fr. Norm’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sister Alice Beauchemin, SCIM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Alice Beauchemin, SCIM, formerly known as Sister Marie-Yvonne, who died at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford on March 13, 2017 at the age of 94. Born in Central Falls, RI, Alice entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in Biddeford, Maine, in 1947.
Her first ministry was as a teacher. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Saint Joseph's College of Maine and went on to teach for 27 years at St. Theresa School in Methuen, MA, St. Joseph schools in Biddeford and Old Town, ME and in Donelson, TN. She also taught at Lincoln School in Grand Isle, ME.
In 1977, Sister Alice left teaching to take up accounting and worked in the Business Office at St. André Health Care Facility, Biddeford, then in the Medical Records Department. In retirement, Sister Alice rendered service to St. Joseph Community as receptionist and sacristan.
WAKE: Friday, March 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Convent, 407 Pool St, Biddeford.
FUNERAL: Friday March 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Convent, Biddeford
Please pray for the consolation of Sisters religious and natural families, friends and associates
Father Armand Bill
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Armand J. Bill, 90, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died Monday, March 13, 2017, at Port St. Lucie Nursing & Restorative Care Center, Port Lucie, Florida.
Armand Joseph Bill was born in Biddeford, Maine, on May 10, 1926, the son of Adelard and Angeline (Rioux) Bill. After graduating from St. Louis High School, Biddeford, he served in the United States Navy as a radio technician from 1943-1946. He then attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski (Colchester), VT, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950. He completed his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Paul’s Seminary of the University of Ottawa, Ontario. Armand was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1956, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, Eighth Bishop of Portland.
As a Parochial Vicar, Fr. Bill served in the following assignments:
- St. Mary Parish, Eagle Lake, St. Joseph Parish, Wallagrass, St. Leo the Great Parish, Howland (June-November, 1956)
- Immaculate Conception Parish, Calais (December 1956-April 1957) & St. Joseph Biddeford (April-September 1957)
- St. Theresa Parish, Mexico (September 1957-September 1959)
- St. Martin of Tours Parish, Millinocket (September 1959-September 1961)
- St. Denis Parish, Fort Fairfield (September 1961-September 1963); also the Chaplain at Good Shepherd Provincial House, Bay View
- St. Hyacinth Parish, Westbrook (September 1963-June 1966)
- Notre Dame Parish, Saco (June 1966-February 1967)
- St. Mary Parish, Lewiston (February 1967-September 1967)
- St. Louis Parish, Auburn (September 1967-April 1968)
- Sacred Heart, Waterville & Seton/Thayer Hospitals (Chaplain), Waterville (April 1968-June 1971)
As a Pastor, Fr. Bill served in the following assignments:
- Holy Family Parish, Greenville (June 1971-June 1978
- St. Bridget Parish, North Vassalboro (June 1978-June 1985)
- St. Margaret Parish, Old Orchard Beach (June 1985-June 1993)
Fr. Bill retired from full-time active ministry on July 1, 1993. At the time of his retirement, Bishop Joseph J. Gerry echoed the words of those responsible for his formation, describing Fr. Bill as “simple, serious, determined, and capable of self-possession and self-giving,” adding that despite his many health challenges, he was always “a man of duty.”
Funeral Arrangement -There will be a funeral Mass in Florida, most probably on Monday of next week; then Fr. Bill’s body will be returned to Maine. It is anticipated that a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his home parish, St. Joseph Church (of Good Shepherd Parish), with committal/burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. Details will be sent out as they are finalized and made available to the Bishop’s office.
May Fr. Bill’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Brother Francis Blouin, FIC
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Francis Blouin, a member of the Brothers of Christian Instruction. Brother Francis died from complications caused by ALS, which he had been struggling with for five years. Brother Francis was just a month shy of age 88 and was a professed member of the Brothers just a few months short of 70 years.
Brother Francis was born February 9, 1929, in Rumford to Raoul and Marie Blouin. He joined the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1946. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from LeMennais College, a master’s degree in European history from the Catholic University of America, a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University, and completed additional graduate studies at Notre Dame University, the University of Detroit, and Highlands College in England.
As an educator, Brother Francis taught in Fall River, MA, and Plattsburgh, NY, before becoming a principal in 1963. He served in this position until being named provincial in 1970. Following his term as provincial, he became the third president of Walsh College in Canton OH. Upon his return to Maine, he served as delegate for religious for the Diocese of Portland before being named to a second term as provincial. His final endeavor, prior to a diagnosis of ALS, was directing the establishment of Kisubi Brothers University in Uganda.
Delivering a commencement address at Walsh College following his diagnosis, he urged students to make choices that would give meaning to their lives.
"The way we find meaning in life is to devote ourselves to loving others, devote ourselves to the community around us, devote ourselves to something that gives us meaning and purpose," he told them."One cannot substitute material things, money or power for love, gentleness or tenderness, no matter how wealthy we become, or how powerful we become. Unless you're able to share your love with people, you will not lead a meaningful, successful life."
Brother Francis donated his body to science and as such there will be no wake. However, a funeral / memorial service will take place at the brothers' chapel on Shaker Hill in Alfred on Monday, January 30, at 4:00 p.m.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Francis and for the consolation of his religious community, natural family and many friends.
May his soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Jacqueline Bilodeau, SCIM
Sister Jacqueline Bilodeau, SCIM, age 93, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Saint Joseph Convent in Biddeford.
Sister Jackie, formerly known as Sister Mary of the Holy Rosary, was the oldest of seven children born to Rosario Bilodeau and Augustine Cadrin Bilodeau. Although born in the U.S., Sister’s family moved to Canada when she was young, and she was raised there.
Sister Jacqueline entered the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, at their Novitiate in Quebec on February 2, l942. She returned to minister in the United States soon after her initial formation years. From 1948 to 1977, Sister worked as food service director at Bay View and in several of the sisters’ community kitchens. She also did parish ministry in Old Town from 1984-1987. She was then employed at St. Andre Health Care Facility in 1987-88. She also held administrative positions in several local convents. Sister was a member of the Spiritual Renewal Team and a member of the Provincial Council for nine years. In 1997, she was transferred to St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford, There, she served as animator at the Good Shepherd Pavilion and as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion to the homebound of St. Joseph Parish in Biddeford.
She is survived by a sister, Marguerite, and three brothers, Charles, Rosaire and Yvon Bilodeau, all residing in Canada.
Please pray for the repose of Sr. Jackie’s soul, and for the consolation of those she leaves behind, both natural and religious families and friends.
May her soul and the soul of the all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Wake: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at St. Joseph Convent, 407 Pool Road, Biddeford
Funeral: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, at St. Joseph Convent, with the burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford.
Father Claude Albert
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Claude Joseph Albert, 79, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Claude was born to Joseph and Irene (Collins) Albert in St. Agatha, Maine, on December 15, 1937. After graduating from St. Agatha High School, he attended St. Joseph University in Memramrook, New Brunswick (now part of the Université de Moncton) from 1956-58; he then went to Montreal, where he completed his philosophy studies at the Séminaire de Philosophie (1958-60) and his theology studies at le Grand Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice (1960-64). He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, Seventh Bishop of Portland, on May 16, 1964.
During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Albert served in the following assignments:
- Nativity of the Blessed Mary Parish (St. Mary’s), Presque Isle – Assistant Pastor (1964-1969), including chaplain to the Newman Club at the Aroostook State Teachers College (later UMPI), Presque Isle
- St. Louis Parish, Fort Kent – Assistant Pastor (1969-1972), including chaplain to the Newman Program at the Aroostook State Teachers College (later UMFK), Fort Kent
- Holy Rosary Parish, Caribou – Assistant Pastor (1972-1974)
- St. Joseph Parish, Sinclair & Holy Family Parish, Daigle – Pastor (1974-1978)
- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (St. Mary’s), Presque Isle & St. Joseph Parish, Mars Hill – Pastor (1978-1993)
- Holy Family Parish, Lewiston – Pastor (1993-2000)
- St. Ignatius Parish and Hoy Family Parish, Sanford, & Notre Dame Parish, Springvale – Pastor (in solidum with Rev. Timothy Nadeau) & Moderator (2000-2006)
- St. Martha Parish, Kennebunk – Administrator (July 2006-December 2007)
- Added Temporary Administrator of SS. Athanasius & John Parish, Rumford & St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus, Mexico (late Summer 2006)
Fr. Albert also served the people of God, his bishops and brother priests in many other capacities, including the following:
- Diocesan Priests Senate (1975-1978)
- Vicar Forane: Deanery II, Eastern Aroostook County (1989-1991; 1991-1993); Androscoggin Deanery (1994-1996)
- Chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella: Mary Magdalene Circle #649 – Presque Isle (1978-1993); Mater Circle #389 – Sanford (2001-2006)
- Friar to the Knights of Columbus: Bishop Daniel J. Feeney Assembly, 4th Degree (1984-1993) – Presque Isle; Council #10019 – Lewiston (1993-2000)
- Plenary Council at St. Dominic Regional High School (1993-1996)
- Board of Directors at St. Dominic Regional High School (1994-1997)
- Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Fr. Albert retired from full-time ministry on December 31, 2007. He continued to remain active, including serving as Temporary Administrator of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish from September 1 to December 1, 2008. Among his many gifts in pastoral ministry, Fr. Albert was known for his attention to the sick, always making certain to go and be with them whenever he was called. At the time of his retirement, Bishop Richard Malone noted: “Among the things that were notable about you were your frankness, fidelity to duty, spirit of enterprise, a sincere piety, a sense of initiative, decisiveness and organization … I note in particular that you are renowned among the clergy for being welcoming of other clergy and always fostering clergy gatherings and building fraternity.” On the occasion of his 50th jubilee, Bishop Robert Deeley wrote to Fr. Albert, saying, “Thank you for responding to the Lord’s call to you those many years ago and for your perseverance, your fidelity, your generosity and your service to God’s holy people placed in your care.”
Funeral arrangement are as follows:
- Reception of the Body with Evening Prayer: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 3:00 PM, St. Martha Church (Holy Spirit Parish), 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk, ME
- Wake/Visitation: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - Will begin immediately following the Reception of the Body and continue until 7:00 PM
- Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM, St. Martha Church (Holy Spirit Parish), 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk, ME
- Committal/Burial: To take place in the spring, at the parish cemetery located in St. Agatha, ME
Please pray for the consolation of Fr. Albert’s sister, Fern Gauvin, and her husband Robert of Texas, several nieces and nephews, and his friends.
May Fr. Claude’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sister Mary Laboure Morin, RSM
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are once again mourning the death of one of their sisters. Early this morning, Sr. Mary Laboure Morin, a Sister of Mercy, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Saint Joseph Rehabilitation and Residence where she had been for the last few years. Sister was a nurse by profession and served many years at Mercy Hospital. She also was the directress for the junior professed sisters before being elected as the General Superior in 1989. She served in this capacity until 1998. A gentle, humble soul, she guided the community through some difficult days with calm and serenity.
Please pray for the repose of Sister’s soul and for the consolation of her religious and natural families May she rest in peace.
Sister Mary Garrett, RSM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Mary Garrett, RSM, 95, who died on Sunday, November 13, 2016.
Sister Mary Garrett, a native of Houlton, was a nurse by profession and a religious by vocation. As a Sister of Mercy for 73 years, she served at Madigan Memorial Hospital in Houlton, as the resident nurse for the Passamaquoddy people at St. Ann’s Pleasant Point, on Andros Island in the Bahamas before returning to the Mother House on Stevens Avenue, where she cared for the elderly and sick sisters of the community.. She retired from nursing in 1992 but continued to serve the community in many ways as well as volunteering at the Osteopathic Hospital in Pastoral Care, as Eucharistic Minister at Mercy Hospital and in helping at the Good Cause Thrift Shop.
Please keep in prayer Sister’s families, natural and religious, and all those she leaves behind. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Candide Corriveau, DW
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Candide Corriveau a member of the Daughters of Wisdom. Sister Candide is a native of northern Maine where, after retiring from teaching in 1986, she spent her senior years doing parish and community ministry in St. Agatha. She entered the Daughters of Wisdom in 1948 and taught in New York, Virginia and Maine during her 68 years of religious life.
Sister Candide is remembered for her infectious laughter and her love of family and community.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Candide and for the consolation of her religious and natural families.
Father Richard Ouellette
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Richard Robert Ouellette, 67, who died Monday, October 17, at a hospital in Massachusetts.
Richard was born on April 21, 1949, in Eagle Lake, the son of Jean Paul and Odette (Leclercq) Ouellette. Having completed grammar school at the Bailey School in Upper Frenchville, Richard attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary (high school) in Bucksport. He then attended the Oblate College and Seminary in Bar Harbor, and he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary, Ottawa, Canada. After serving as a deacon at St. Louis Parish in Auburn, Richard was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Edward C. O’Leary, the ninth Bishop of Portland, on June 7, 1975, at St. Luce Church, Upper Frenchville.
During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Richard Ouellette served in the following parish assignments:
· St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton (Parochial Vicar) during the summer of 1975
· St. Rose of Lima Parish, Jay (Parochial Vicar) 1975-1977
· St. Andre Parish, Biddeford (Parochial Vicar) 1977-1979
· Holy Rosary Parish, Caribou (Parochial Vicar) 1979-1985
· St. Peter Parish, Bingham (Pastor) 1985-1989
· St. Joseph Parish, Biddeford (Pastor) 1989-1993
· St. Mary Parish, Eagle Lake (Pastor) 1993-1995
· St. David Parish, Madawaska (Pastor) 1995-1996
· St. Gerard-Mt. Carmel, Grand Isle (Pastor) 1996-2004 (including a brief term as Temporary Administrator of St. Thomas Parish, Madawaska)
Despite early retirement because of serious health issues, Fr. Ouellette continued to serve faithfully the people of northern Maine throughout his retirement years.
In addition to his parish assignments, Fr. Ouellette also served the priests and faithful of the diocese in the following capacities:
· Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus (Luke E. Hart Council), Biddeford (1978-1979)
· Chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella (Our Lady of Fatima Circle), Biddeford (1978-1979)
· Chaplain to the Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Caribou (1979-1985)
· Chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella, Caribou (1980-1985)
· Member of the Priests’ Senate/Council of Priests, Aroostook County (1981-1985)
· Member of the Board of Trustees, Clergy Benefit Plan (1982-1988)
· Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus (Fr. Marcoux Council), Eagle Lake (1993-1995)
· Chaplain to the Daughters of Isabella (St. Thomas Circle), Madawaska (1995-1996)
· Vicar Forane, Deanery I, Aroostook County (2001-2004)
At the time of Fr. Ouellette’s retirement, the Most Reverend Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., Tenth Bishop of Portland, wrote him a letter in which he stated (in reference to Fr. Ouellette’s work at merging schools in Biddeford and “twinning” parishes in northern Maine, “Your quiet, efficient way of working made it possible for people to accept the difficult changes that were being asked of them. Your availability and your pastoral sensitivity endeared you to your parishioners.”
At this time of loss, please pray for the consolation of his entire family, including his mother, Odette, and siblings who survive him, as well as his brother priests and friends.
May Fr. Richard Ouellette’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Reception of the Body: Thursday, October 20 @ 4:00 PM @ St. Luce Church, Frenchville, followed by viewing until 8:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, October 21 @ 2:00 PM @ St. Luce Church, Frenchville (with additional viewing time before the funeral from 12:00-1:45 PM)
Sister Claire Pelletier, SCIM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Claire Pelletier a member of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec). Sister Claire died on Friday, July 1, after a long illness. She was 91 years old and spent 71 years with the SCIM community.
Formerly known as Sister Marie Eva, she taught in northern Maine, Lawrence and Methuen MA, and in Biddeford. Sister Claire studied library science and was a librarian in a number of high schools and also served as the province archeologist.
Visiting hours: Tuesday, July 5, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool St, Biddeford.
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Convent with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Please pray for the consolation of her natural and religious families. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Father Paul Plante
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Very Reverend Paul A. Plante, 73, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died peacefully after an extended illness on Thursday evening, June 30, 2016, at the rectory in Falmouth where he had been receiving hospice/end-of-life care from Fr. Daniel Greenleaf, family, friends and parishioners. Until his passing, Fr. Plante had continued to serve as the pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish (Oquossoc, Rangeley, Stratton & Sugarloaf) and as Vicar for Priests.
Paul A. Plante, the son of Ovila and Corinne (Lehouillier) Plante, was born on May 29, 1943, in Sanford. After graduating from St. Ignatius School in Sanford, he attended high school and college at St. Charles Seminary in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He went on to complete his studies in philosophy at Le Grand Séminaire de Montreal and his theological studies at St. Paul’s University Seminary in Ottawa.
The Most Reverend Peter L. Gerety, the Eighth Bishop of Portland, ordained him to the priesthood on May 8, 1971, at St. Ignatius Church in Sanford. During his more than 45 years of active ministry, Fr. Paul Plante served in the following assignments:
- St. Joseph Parish, Old Town (as a deacon) & Bangor State Hospital (as an occupational therapist) – June 1968
- Mercy Hospital Portland (Associate Chaplain), May - June 1971
- St. Louis Parish, Auburn (Parochial Vicar), July 1971 - September 1975
- St. Joseph Parish, Biddeford (Parochial Vicar), September 1975 - September 1976
- Holy Cross Parish, Lewiston (Parochial Vicar), September 1976 - June 1985
- Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland (Parochial Vicar), July 1985-July 1987
- Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland (Rector), August 1987-November 1993
St. John the Baptist Parish, Winslow (Pastor), November 1993-June 2004
► added Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Fairfield, Administrator, May-June 2004
Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Oquossoc (Pastor), July 1, 2004-June 30, 2016
► added Vicar for Priests, July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2016
In addition, Fr. Plante also served in the following capacities (among others):
- Council of Priests, 1991-1994
- Diocesan Liturgical Commission, 1992-1995
- Art & Environment Committee of the DLC, 1993-1996
- Vicar Forane, Northern Kennebec Deanery, 1994-1999
- Chaplain, Knights of Columbus, Winslow, 1994-2004
- Diocesan Pastoral Council, 1997-1999
- Presbyteral Council & College of Consultors, 2009-2016
- Priests Personnel Board, 2009-2016
- Vicar Forane, Vicariate IV, 2012-2015
Fr. Plante, who was also a graduate of the Portland School of Art (1987), was recognized among his peers for the unique contributions he made through his own artwork; Fr. Plante acknowledged that the gift of art in his life as yet another opportunity, as a child of God and at this particular time in history, to connect with the Infinite and an extension of the creative powers of the Divine.
Funeral plans are as follows:
Reception of the Body: Wednesday, July 6, at 3 p.m. at Holy Family Church of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford. Presider: Msgr. Andrew Dubois.
Wake will continue until 7 p.m.
Funeral: Thursday, July 7, 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Church with Bishop Robert Deeley as the main celebrant.
Prayers of Commendation: St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford, immediately following the Mass.
Reception: St. Ignatius Hall in Sanford after the prayers of commendation.
May Fr. Paul’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sister Mary Rush, RSM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Rose Mary Rush, RSM, who entered into her eternal reward on March 11, 2016, at the youthful age of 96 years, having spent 78 of them as a Sister of Mercy. She will be remembered for her many kindnesses and helpful spirit.
Sister Mary Rose was born in Millinocket on July 29, 1919 and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1938. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s College and then furthered her education at the University of Maine at Orono and at Boston College.
Sister Rose Mary was an educator and taught at many schools across the state including the Beatrice Raffety School on the Pleasant Point Reservation, Saint Dominic and St. Patrick schools in Portland, St. Teresa in Brewer, St. Mary in Biddeford, St. Athanasius in Rumford, St. Mary in Bangor, the Cathedral School in Portland, St. Joseph in Portland, St. Mary in Houlton, and Holy Cross School in South Portland.
She taught into her 70s and, after retirement, served at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and volunteered at the Good Cause Thrift Shop and at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, both in Portland.
Sr. Rose Mary will be waked at Conroy-Tully-Crawford Funeral home in South Portland on Thursday, April 14, 4 to 7 p.m.
The funeral will be at St. Pius X Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish, in Portland at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 15.
Please remember in your prayers Sr. Rose Mary’s religious sisters as well as members of her natural family who mourn her loss.
May her soul and the soul of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Anita Therrien, SCIM
Please prayer for the repose of the soul of Sr. Anita Therrien, formerly known as Sister S. Pauline-du-Redempteur, who died on Sunday at the age of 92.
Sister Anita was born on February 6, 1924, in Lawrence, MA, the eldest of three daughters born to Adelard and Albea (Letarte) Therrien.
She entered the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, more commonly known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in 1944 and later earned her B.S. degree in Education from Saint Joseph's College in Portland and her M.S. degree in Secondary School Administration from Niagara University in New York. She also took courses from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and the University of Notre Dame.
Sister Anita spent her life in the fields of education and administration. She taught at St. Joseph School in Biddeford and St. Joseph School in Old Town as well as at St. Anne School in Lawrence, MA. She served as principal of St. Joseph School in Biddeford and as Provincial for the community.
Wake: Wednesday, April 13, 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street in Biddeford
Funeral: Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Convent followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery
Please keep in your prayers, as well, her religious and natural families during this time of loss.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Colette Caron, CSJ
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Colette Caron, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon who died at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville on March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph. She was age 73.
Sister Colette was born in Waterville in 1942, was educated at Notre Dame School, St. Francis de Sales School, and Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, earning her BA in Elementary Education from St. Joseph College of Maine in Standish. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon France in 1960 and had an outstanding reputation as a child-care and elementary school teacher. She taught at Holy Family School in Lewiston, St. John the Baptist School in Winslow, St. Joseph Day Care Center in Auburn, and St. Thomas School in Sanford. She also served at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Jay.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wake on March 21 from 3-7 p.m. at Gallant’s Funeral Home in Waterville
Celebration of life liturgy on March 22 at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Waterville.
Please keep in your prayers her natural and religious families as well. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Ursula Binnette, OSU
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Ursula Binnette, OSU, who died peacefully at St. Mary's d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston on Tuesday, March 1. Sister Ursula was a loved teacher and ended her years of teaching at Ursuline Academy in Dedham, MA. She was in her 68th year of religious profession.
Wake: 10:30 a.m. at Ursuline Chapel, 1 St. Angela Way in Waterville on Friday, March 11
Funeral: 11:00 a.m. at Ursuline Chapel on Friday, March 11, following th wake.
Please remember Sr. Ursula religious and natural families in your prayers. May they find consolation in the memories they share about Sr. Ursula.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Father James E. Knox
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Father James E. Knox, 90, who died Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at St. Joseph Rehabilitation and Residence in Portland.
James Everett Knox was born to William and Bertha (Pinette) Knox in Guildford, Maine, on September 21, 1925. Fr. Knox began studies at Boston College, where he also discerned his vocation to the priesthood. In support of his application to the diocese and seminary, the then-Dean of Boston College said of the young Jim Knox, “We have found him [to be] earnest, reliable and cooperative … of sound moral character, honest an dependable.” Similarly, the then-pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dover-Foxcroft said, “He is a young man of great moral integrity and stability. He has always served at the altar. I feel that he would be a good subject to send to the seminary to prepare for the holy priesthood.”
Upon completion of his clerical studies (philosophy and theology) at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, D.D., Seventh Bishop of Portland, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, on April 11, 1951. During his many years of full-time ministry, Fr. Knox served in the following assignments:
• Immaculate Conception Parish, Calais – Parochial Vicar (Spring 1951)
• St. Joseph Parish, Portland – Parochial Vicar (Summer 1951)
• Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland – Parochial Vicar (September 1951-April 1967), including service as Chaplain at Father Carey Camp and Director of Camp Gregory (at Dry Mills).
• St. Gregory the Great Parish, Gray – Founding Pastor of the Parish (April 1967-February 1971)
• St. Charles Borromeo, Brunswick – Pastor (March 1971-November 1981)
• Holy Cross Parish, South Portland – Pastor (December 1981-June 1996), from which he “retired” from full-time ministry.
In addition to his ministry to the faithful in his parish assignments, Fr. Knox also served the diocese, Catholic associations, and his brother priests in the following capacities, including but not limited to:
• Diocesan Liturgical Commission (9 years, including a term as chairman)
• Diocesan Board of Education (6 years)
• Vicar Forane of Sagadahoc / Lincoln Deanery (7 years); Vicar Forane of Southern Cumberland Deanery (10 years)
• Diocesan Personnel Board (8 years)
• Clergy Benefit Plan, Board of Trustee (3 years)
• Knights of Columbus, Chaplain, Cheverus Council #2344 (South Portland)
In retirement, Fr. Knox continued to be of assistance in local parishes, even being asked to be temporary administrator of St. Mary Parish in Westbrook (1997) and St. Philip Parish in Lyman (2003). Throughout his nearly 65 years of ordained ministry, Fr. Knox was known as a priest whose “counsel is sought by parishioners, fellow priests, and bishops alike because of your wisdom, experience, and Christ-like treatment of others.” (excerpt from a letter written by the Most Rev. Joseph J. Gerry, OSB, Tenth Bishop of Portland, on the occasion of Fr. Knox’s 40th jubilee as a priest).
May the soul of Fr. James Knox, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Sister Collette Caron, CSJ
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Colette Caron, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon who died at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville on March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph. She was age 73.
Sister Colette was born in Waterville in 1942.
Sister Rita Bourassa, OSU
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Rita Bourassa, OSU, who passed away on Wednesday, January 20. Sister was a teacher and principal at Ursuline Academy in Dedham for many years. She also served in many offices within the community including provincial, treasurer, secretary. Sister turned 90 in July, and one of her goals was to reach 70 years of religious profession which happened on January 16.
Sister Rita grew up in Lewiston, where she attended St. Mary's Elementary School. She attended high school at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of the Northeast in 1943 and made her vows in 1946.
The wake for Sr. Rita will be on Wednesday, January 27 (Feast of St. Angela) at 10:a.m. at the Chapel at St. Mary’s Residence, 100 Campus Ave, Lewiston ME. The funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m.
Please remember Sisters Rita's religious and natural families as they mourn the loss of a loved one, a friend and a faithful religious.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Lucille Huot, SCIM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Lucille Huot, SCIM, (Sister St. Paul d’Avila) who went home to her eternal reward on December 30, 2015, at the age of 92. Sr. Lucille was a members of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec.
Sister Lucille taught for 26 years in secondary schools in Biddeford and Van Buren, Maine, and in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also served as a secretary in the Quebec Generalate and then in the Provincialate in Maine for another 12 years.
Born in Biddeford in 1923, Sister Lucille was the seventh of eight children. She attended St. Joseph School in Biddeford for both her elementary and secondary school education. She entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1941. She then earned a bachelor’s degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and a master’s degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.
Visiting Hours are Monday, January 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, January 5, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 5, at St. Joseph Convent at 11:00 am. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Biddeford, ME.
Please pray for the repose of her soul and the consolation of her families (natural and religious.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Nesta Beaudoin, OSU
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Nesta Beaudoin (Sister Marie Immaculata), a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the RomanUnion, who died December 26, 2015, at the age of 88. Sister Nesta spent 67 years as a religious devoted to education at both the elementary and secondary school levels. She taught in Brunswick and Waterville, Maine, and in Dedham and Springfield, Massachusetts.
Sister Nesta was born on June 20, 1927, in Sanford and attended St. Ignatius School and then St. Ignatius High School. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1945 and made her novitiate at the International Novitiate in Beaugency, France. Making her first vows in March 1948, she then earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, New York, and later earned master’s degrees from the School of Commerce in Auburn, Maine, and from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
After her teaching career, she served the Ursuline community in Waterville as treasurer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday January 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Ursuline Community Chapel, 1 Saint Angela Way, Waterville, with burial immediately following in the Ursuline Cemetery. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family and Ursuline Sisters.
Sister Thelma Bouchard, RSR
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Thelma Bouchard, RSR, who died late Wednesday, December 16, at the age of 86. Sr. Thelma, also known as Mother Saint Bernice, celebrated 66 years of religious life last August. During those years, she taught in Frenchville; Millinocket; Biddeford; Sanford; Johnson, RI; and Plattsburgh, NY. After her 35 year teaching career, she worked with young adults in Portland, accompanied persons with AIDS (just as the illness was becoming known) and established the Elizabeth Turgeon Ministries to reach out to those in need. She extended that ministry to Mexican migrants while working in Ruskin, Florida, for a couple years.
Sister Thelma is especially remembered for her loving presence, listening heart, her encouraging and often challenging words, her advocacy and love for the poor, and her devotion to St. Joseph.
Please prayer for the consolation of the families (natural and religious) she leaves behind.
Wake: Friday, December 18, at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral: Saturday, December 19, at 11:00 a.m. also at St. Joseph Convent.
The Burial will take place at a later date.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Mary Louis Auger, RSM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Louis Auger, RSM, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Sister died early this morning at the age of 96 having spent 78 of the years in the convent. Sister Mary Louis entered the community from Sacred Heart Parish in Portland. During her years of active ministry, she taught elementary school for 18 years and then spent 30 years in high school teaching French and Latin. Subsequent to her 48 years of teaching, she served as assistant to the community treasurer for a number of years. Sister Mary Louis is remembered as a beloved teacher and a gentle person.
Wake: Monday, November 2, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Conroy Tully and Crawford Funeral Home in South Portland
Funeral: Tuesday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland
In your prayers, please remember Sister Mary Louis’ family and her sisters in community; may they be consoled by the memories they share. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Theresa Lanouette, SCIM
Please pray for the response of the soul of Sr. Theresa Lanouette, SCIM, as well as for the consolation of her religious and natural families. Sister bravely struggled with the disease of cancer before succumbing on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Her brave acceptance of this cross gave witness of her tremendous faith to her Sisters in community and all who came in contact with her.
Sister Theresa Lanouette, formerly known as Sister St. Lucille-de-Jesus, died at St. Joseph Convent on August 23, 2015 at the age of 89. Theresa was born in Lawrence, MA, on February 4, 1926, the 10th child in a family of fourteen children born to Joseph Lanouette and Alice Michaud. Theresa attended St. Anne Elementary School and St. Joseph High School both in Lawrence, MA. Following her graduation, she entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in August 1945, in Biddeford, ME.
After her initial religious formation, her teaching career of more than 35 years in elementary and high school education took her to St. Joseph School in Old Town and in Biddeford, Champlain School and Sacred Heart School in Van Buren, ME. She also went to St. Ann School in Lawrence and Mt Carmel School in Methuen, MA, and Holy Rosary Academy in Donelson, TN.
Sister Theresa earned her BA degree in Education from St. Joseph College in Standish, ME, and her master’s degree from Salem State College, MA, also a certificate in Special Education from the Commonwealth of MA in Lawrence, MA. Sister taught special ed. classes in Lawrence and Methuen, MA, for eight years before devoting her time and talents to teaching adults in that area.
Because of her health, Sr. Theresa was transferred to St. Joseph Convent in 1995 where she served the community as sacristan, night companion for dying sisters, receptionist and driver.
Sister is survived by one brother, Roland Lanouette from NH, and two sisters: Pauline Gagne, Salem, NH, and Doris Lambert, Shelcon, CT, along with many nieces & nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 and Wednesday, August 26, from 9:30 to 11:00 at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford, ME.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Convent on Wednesday, August 26, at 11:00 am. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Biddeford, ME.
May Sister Theresa’s soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Mary Louise Landry, R.S.M.
Sister Mary Louise Landry, R.S.M, (Gertrude Agnes), age 103, died on Friday, July 24, 2015, at Frances Warde Convent.
Sister Mary Louise was born in Old Town on August 18, 1911, to Hubert Landry and Caroline (Tardif) Landry. While attending Orono Catholic High School, she worked in her father's bakery, helping at the bakery before and after school.
She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, beginning her ministry in elementary education. Sister Mary Louise taught at the Kavanagh School (which would later become Cathedral School) and St. Dominic School in Portland, at St. Mary’s School in Houlton, at St. Mary’s School in Biddeford, at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Fairfield, in the public school system in Benedicta, and at St. Patrick School in Portland.
In 1945, she began her career as the chief pharmacist at Mercy Hospital, a position she held until 1968. She also served as the pharmacology instructor for the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, was assistant administrator and later administrator of Mercy Hospital, and served on the Leadership Council of the Sisters of Mercy in Portland.
After Sister Mary Louise retired from the hospital, she was assigned to Eagle Lake, where she opened the first retail pharmacy in the town. She was also named the first woman chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne, and an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. She also served for 18 years on the board of directors of Northern Maine General Hospital. In 1995, she retired to St. Joseph's Motherhouse, Portland, but remained active as a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and as a volunteer in the gift shop.
Read Sister Mary Louise’s complete obituary here.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wake: at Conroy-Tully Crawford, 1024 Broadway, South Portland on Tuesday, July 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m.
Funeral at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
Please prayer for the consolation of Sister’s religious and natural families. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Father Arthur Pechillo
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Arthur “Art” C. Pechillo, 79, who died in his sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, July 10, 2015, at his daughter’s home in Windsor, VT.
Arthur Pechillo was born to Henry and Lucy Pechillo on December 21, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Loyola High School, Towson, MD, he was in formation with the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus (from 1953-1960), during which time he earned his B.A. from Fordham University, NY. For the next 37 years, he taught Latin, French and English in the public schools of Bridgeport, CT, and Tucson, AZ.
In 1997, he resumed formation for the priesthood, this time with the Diocese of Portland. He received his M.Div. from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in 2001. At age 65, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., Tenth Bishop of Portland, on Saturday, May 5, 2001, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.
During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Pechillo served in the following assignments:
Parochial Vicar at Holy Rosary Parish, Caribou; St. Denis Parish, Fort Fairfield; and St. Louis Parish, Limestone (June 2001-June 2003)
Pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Camden (July 2003-February 2009, beyond the retirement age of 70)
- During this time, for a brief period, he also was temporal administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Belfast (2004)
- Parochial Vicar at St. Michael Parish, Augusta (after a period of retirement, he returned to active ministry from June 2011-February 2013)
A parishioner once wrote that Fr. Art is “in every fiber of his being, a parish priest […with] youthful zeal. Every Sunday, Father Art delivers a great gift to his congregation: his homily—wonderful, simple and powerful … and his great reverence for the Eucharist.”
Please keep in your prayers his daughter, Pamela Rice, her husband, Michael, and Fr. Art’s granddaughters, Kacey and Erin. Fr. Art is also survived by his brother, Thomas Pechillo, and his sister, Sr. Marilyn Pechillo, SND.
“May Father Arthur’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
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