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Obituaries

Father James MacGee, OMI

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend James Brooks MacGee, OMI, age 86, who died on October 10, 2017, at the Oblate Infirmary and Retirement Home (Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence) in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

Originally from Newton, MA, Father MacGee professed his first vows in 1952 and his final vows three years later. During his 65 years as an Oblate, Father MacGee served in Rome, where he took part in the preparations for Vatican II; worked in education; and then worked in parish ministry for more than 40 years. Retiring just a couple of years ago, Father MacGee’s last pastoral assignment was at St. Leo the Great Parish in Howland.

The following funeral arrangements have been announced:

•    Wake/Visiting Hours:  Monday, October 16, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. (Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m.), at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA
•    Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, October 17, at 11 a.m., at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA
•    Committal/Burial:  Monday, October 17, at 12:00 p.m. (immediately following the funeral Mass) at the Oblate Cemetery, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA

For more information (obituary), please click on the following link: http://mckennaouellette.tributes.com/obituary/services/James-Brooks-MacG...

Pray also for the consolation of her natural and religious families. May James’ soul, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Father Clement Thibodeau

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Clement David Thibodeau, 85, a priest of the Diocese of Portland.  The body of Fr. Thibodeau, who became missing on July 15, 2017, was recovered on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  We are grateful to all who prayed for Fr. Thibodeau as well as for his family and friends; we are also grateful for those who searched for him.

Clement was born on February 17, 1932, in Connor, Maine, the son of Paul and Caroline (Roy, a/k/a Carrie King) Thibodeau.  After graduating from St. Francis College in Biddeford, Clement studied theology at Le Grand Seminaire de Saint-Sulpice, Montréal, Quebec Province, Canada. Upon completion of his clerical studies, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, Seventh Bishop of Portland, on May 31, 1958, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.

Fr. Thibodeau’s years in full-time ministry included the following parish and pastoral assignments:

  • Cathedral Parish, Portland – Assistant/Parochial Vicar (summer 1958)
  • Notre Dame Parish, Springvale – Assistant/Parochial Vicar (1958-66), including Nasson College - Chaplain
  • Notre Dame Institute, Alfred – Chaplain (1966-70) and St. Ignatius High School, Sanford – Instructor (1966-1970)
    ♦  Added St. Louis High School, Biddeford – Spiritual Director (1969-70)
  • Institute for Continuing Theological Education, Rome (September-December 1970)
  • St. Mary’s Parish, Lewiston – Assistant/Parochial Vicar, plus Bates College, Lewiston & Nasson College, Springvale – Newman Chaplain (January-June 1971)
  • St. Agatha Parish, St. Agatha – Temporary Administrator (1971-75)
  • St. Mary’s Parish, Eagle Lake – Pastor (1975-1981)
    ♦ Added St. Joseph Parish, Wallagrass – Temporary Administrator (1977-79)
  • Notre Dame Parish, Waterville – Pastor (1981-87)
  • St. Mary Parish, Bangor – Pastor (1987-94)
  • St. Joseph Parish, Gardiner – Pastor (1994-2001)

In addition, Fr. Clem served the Diocese in the following capacities:

  • Squadron Chaplain, Civil Air Patrol, Sanford-Springvale (1959f)
  • Continuing Education of Clergy (1976-78; 1978-81; 1982-1985), including the Committee for Priests’ Sabbaticals (1984-87)
  • Ecumenical Relations
    ♦  Consultor on Protestant-Catholic Relations (1979-82)
    ♦  Maine Council of Churches, Delegate to the Annual Assembly (1983 & 1984)
  • Board of Directors, Seton Village (1981f)
  • Vicar Forane (Dean):  Northern Aroostook County (1979-82); Southern Kennebec-Knox County (1995-99); Southern Kennebec County (1999-2001)
  • Knights of Columbus
    ♦  Rev. John J. McGinnis Assembly #2231, Sanford-Springvale (1964f)
    ♦  Council #148, Chaplain (1981f)
    ♦  Canabas Council #1299, Gardiner (1994f)
  • Major Consultative Bodies
    ♦  Diocesan Pastoral Council, Coordinator (1971f)
    ♦  Council of Priests/Presbyteral Council (1987-92; 1994-99; 1999-2002)
    ♦  College of Consultors (1994-99; 1999-2002)

Fr. Thibodeau retired from full-time ministry on June 30, 2001. After having served in central Maine for nearly 20 years, he return to the County, from where he continued to minister to the people of God as a temporary administrator and supply priest; his ministry even extended into New Brunswick, Canada.  On the occasion of his retirement, then-bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Gerry, OSB, wrote:

“Although your primary focus as a priest had to be your parish assignment, you were always willing to put your considerable gifts of intelligence and wisdom to the service of the wider Church community…A hard worker, a committed priest, one who has kept updated theologically, one who has been open to offering spiritual direction, and one who has been most generous in responding to requests from your Bishop, are just some of the qualities that have marked your years of ministry as a priest.”

Fr. Thibodeau is also well known throughout the diocese for his love of the Word of God, reflected in his gifts of preaching and teaching.  In particular, his resource “Echoing God’s Word” continues to be used by faith-sharing groups throughout the diocese.

The family of Father Thibodeau has provided the Bishop’s Office with the following funeral arrangements:

  • Reception of the Body: Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 2 PM, Holy Rosary Church, Caribou (Parish of the Precious Blood), followed by wake/visitation until 5 PM
  • Vespers (Evening Prayer): Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 5 PM, Holy Rosary Church, Caribou, followed by wake/visitation until 7 PM
  • Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 10 AM, Holy Rosary Church, Caribou, followed by committal prayers/burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, North Caribou

May Fr. Clem’s soul, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Fr. Richard Denis Bertrand, SJ

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Richard Denis Bertrand, SJ, who, after a long illness, was called home by the Lord on Monday, September 11, 2017.  He had recently moved to the Campion Center in Weston, MA.

A native of Biddeford, Maine, Fr. Bertrand was a professed member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits); he was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 in Fall River, Massachusetts.

After his profession and ordination, Fr. Bertrand spent most of his early years of priestly ministry in education, notably as a teacher of English, French and Spanish.  In 1994, Fr. Bertrand began a period of pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Portland, during which time he held the following assignments:

  • St. Louis Parish, Auburn - Pastor (1994-98), and later added St. Mary Parish, Lewiston (1996-98)
  • St. Edmund Parish, Westbrook – Pastor (1998-2003)
  • Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, Portland – Pastor (2003-2009), and later added St. Pius X & St. Patrick Parishes – Temporary Administrator (2007-2008)
  • Cluster #21:  Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic, St. Peter, St. Louis, and St. Christopher parishes in Portland, along with the mission of Our Lady Star of the Sea on Long Island – Parochial Vicar (2009-2010)
  • St. Pius X, St. Patrick, & St. Joseph parishes, Portland – Parochial Vicar (2010-11), which merged to form Our Lady of Hope Parish, Portland – Parochial Vicar (2011-present)

In addition to his gift for languages, Fr. Bertrand had a strong commitment to the social gospel, with a special focus on the poor, the immigrant and the refugee.

Please pray also for the consolation of his natural and religious families.

The following arrangements for the funeral services for Reverend Richard D. Bertrand, SJ, have been provided:

•    Wake  Monday September 18, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland
•    Funeral Mass: Tuesday September 19, 12:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland (**See below)
•    Interment:  Wednesday September 20 at Campion Center, Weston, MA

**Because of limited parking and road construction in the area of the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church, please note that a shuttle service (to be arranged by Walker Conroy-Tully Funeral Homes) will be provided on the day of the funeral, with drop off at Sacred Heart/St. Dominic on Mellen Street.  More information will be provided as those arrangements are completed

Sister Pauline Bonenfant, OP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Pauline Bonenfant, OP, who died on Saturday September 9, at Bolster Heights Residential Care Facility in Auburn at the age of 99 and after 77 years of religious life.

Sister Pauline was born Therese, daughter of Evariste and Mary (Deschesnes) Bonenfant on December 6, 1917, in Lewiston.  She began her Christian journey at Saints Peter and Paul Church. She entered the Dominican Sisters in Valleyfield, Canada, in 1938, made her temporary vows in 1940 and her final vows in 1945.
 
Sister Pauline served as an educator most of her life, in Staten Island, NY, and Lewiston. She touched many of her students’ lives by her gentle, understanding and loving spirit.

Her community responsibilities included that of local prioress and bursar in Brookline, MA, an establishment which included the Provincial House, a private school, the Formation House and a boarding house for student sisters from other religious communities.  When Sr. Pauline returned to Lewiston in 1975, she continued as local prioress of her community while teaching at St. Peter School.  Sr. Pauline retired from teaching in 1989 at the age of 72.
 
In her later years, Sister Pauline became a resident of Bolster Residential Care Facility where she became acquainted and present to the other residents and staff.  It was not unusual to find Sr. Pauline praying by the bedside of a resident or encouraging and counseling staff members who confided in her.

Sister Pauline is survived by nieces, nephews, and members of her Dominican community.
 
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brothers, Leopold, Robert and Marcel, and her sisters, Sr. Celine (Germaine) and Jeannette.

Sister Pauline's funeral will be on Thursday, September 14.  The wake will be at Fortin’s Funeral Parlor on Horton St. from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 followed by the funeral Mass at 11:00 at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston.  She will be buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
 

 

Sister Cecilia Kennedy, RSR

Please pray for the response of Sr. Cecilia Kennedy who died in Rimouski on August 21, 2017, at the youthful age of 95 having spent 72 years as a professed religious. Sr. Cecilia was born in Douglastown and spent her entire teaching career in Canada. She also spent many years working with the Brothers of Christian Instruction at the Notre Dame Center in Alfred.  She worked side-by-side with Sr. Regina Drody.

She is survived by her sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Please pray for the repose of Sister’s soul and for the consolation of her natural and religious families.

May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

Sister Georgeanne Doucette, SCIM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Georgeanne Doucette, SCIM, a member of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec).  Sister Georgeanne, formerly Sister Marie Rogers, was 88 years old and shared the life of the SCIM community for 68 years.  Sr. Georgeanne taught in Biddeford, Van Buren, Hamlin, as well as Lawrence, MA.  She spent a year in Bar Harbor doing pastoral ministry.  After retiring from teaching, she worked at St. André Health Care Facility in Biddeford and thereafter did community services as bookkeeper, treasurer, and receptionist.

Visiting hours will be held at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford, on June 29, 2017, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Convent on June 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Please keep her religious and natural family in prayer as well. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Sister Cecile Grenier, CSJ

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Cecile Grenier, CSJ, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon who died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  Sister was 85 years old and a professed member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for almost 63 years.  She was an educator and taught in a number of schools including St. Rose of Lima School in Jay, St. Anthony School in Jackman, Sacred Heart School in Auburn, and Holy Family School in Lewiston.  She also worked in religious education in Sacred Heart Parish in North Sanford, NH; St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Lincoln, and St. Theresa Parish in Oakland. She then became a missionary in Governador 17 Rosado, Brazil. Sister Cecile was well known as a gardener and artist.

Please keep her religious family and her natural family in prayer as they mourn the death of their loved one.

Wake:  Wednesday, June 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street in Waterville.

Funeral:Wednesday, June 28, at 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver Street in Waterville (Corpus Christi Parish) followed by burial at St. Francis Cemetery in Waterville.

May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen

Sister Patricia Veale

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Patricia Veale, a Carmelite Sister, who died June 13, 2017, at the age of 90.  Sister Patricia was born in West Medford, Massachusetts, in 1926. She attended Girls Catholic High School in the neighboring town of Malden and then Regis College in Weston, MA.   After receiving her degree, she became a teacher in Medford before entering the monastery of Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Concord, NH, in 1950. She and two other nuns, seeking a more solitary lifestyle, received permission in 1965 to move to Maine, where they built a small monastery in Orland, which was later relocated to Ellsworth.
 
Sister Patricia was predeceased by her brother, William.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, June 17, at St. Vincent de Paul Church of Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport.

Please keep Sister Patricia and her religious community in your prayers. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen

Monsignor Robert Lavoie

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor Robert G. Lavoie who died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, May 12, at St. Joseph Rehabilitation and Residence in Portland.

Monsignor Lavoie was born in Lewiston on January 20, 1928, the son of Louis and Eva (Ouellette) Lavoie.  He had one brother who predeceased him.

Monsignor was a member of the first graduating class of St. Dominic Regional High School (now St. Dominic Academy) in Lewiston.  He attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA, and studied philosophy and theology at the Grand Seminary in Montreal, Canada.

He was ordained on May 30, 1953, by the late Bishop Daniel J. Feeney at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. He served two years as assistant at St. Denis Parish in Fort Fairfield and 12 years at St. John the Baptist in Winslow.  From there, he was appointed Catholic chaplain at the University of Maine in Orono, where he supervised the construction of the Newman Center and residence for the chaplain.

On January 30, 1972, Father Lavoie was named Prelate of Honor to his Holiness and given the title of monsignor.  It was a recognition he received with great humility.

Also in 1972, he was chosen as director of the Office of Pastoral Planning for the diocese. For two years, he traveled the state to help parishes implement a planning process to help direct their ministries.

In 1974, in addition to those duties, he was named pastor of the newly formed parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Windham, where he oversaw the building of the church, hall, and rectory.

In 1986, he was appointed pastor of St. Hyacinth Parish in Westbrook, and in 1997, he became pastor of St. Gregory Parish in Gray.

Having reached the venerable age of 79 in 2007, monsignor retired from full-time priestly ministry and took up residence in the priest section at Mt. St. Joseph in Waterville. He continued to provide priestly ministry to parishes across the diocese. 

Monsignor Lavoie is survived by nephew Mark and his wife, Debra Lavoie; nephew David Lavoie and his family; niece Susan and her husband, Brent Wooten, and family; as well as many cousins and friends.

May Monsignor Lavoie's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen

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:

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. 

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Please pray for the consolation of Sister's 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.”

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. 

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

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.”

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.

 
mily, Peter began his lifetime of service with his membership in the Waterville Lion's Club, which continued for 50 years and included the District's Lions President Award in 1964 as well as numerous awards for dedicated service, and as a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus which continued for 58 years.
Peter was an active member and past-president of the Greater Waterville Interfaith Council for 20 years. He served as coordinator of Interfaith Clergy which became the Interfaith Council. He was one of the four founding fathers of the Interfaith Homeless Shelter in Waterville, now known as the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. - See more at: http://obituaries.centralmaine.com/obituaries/mainetoday-centralmaine/ob...

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2016

Sister Mary Laboure Morin

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Sister Collette Caron, CSJ

Sister Ursula Binnette, OSU

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2015

Sister Lucille Huot, SCIM

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Sister Mary Annunciation, OP

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2014

Msgr. Leopold Nicknair

Sister Bertha Bergeron, OSU

Father Gerald Bolduc, OMI

Sister Simonne Doucette, SCIM

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Sister Lucille Fournier, OP

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Sister Mary Madeline Lemieux, OSU

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2013

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