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Obituary for Father Claude Albert

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.