Please pray for the soul of Father Albert G. Roux who died on March 9, 2023, at the age of 85.
Father Roux was born in Lewiston on October 9, 1937, the son of George and Regina (Gauthier) Roux. He attended Lewiston schools and then St. Hyacinth Seminary and St. Pual Seminary in Ottawa, Canada. He was ordained in 1966.
Through his many years of active ministry, Father Roux served at parishes in Auburn, Augusta, Biddeford, Lewiston, Limestone, Madawaska, Sanford, St. Francis, St. John, and Yarmouth.
His deep devotion to the Blessed Mother also led to his appointment as the national director for The Marian Movement of Priests in 1977, a position he continued to hold until 2010. Father Roux traveled around the United States, promoting devotion to the Blessed Mother.
After he retired from active ministry, Father Roux served as a spiritual assistant for the St. Francis of Assisi Secular Franciscan Fraternity in Lewiston.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Joyce Keevan, CSJ, also known as Sister Ann Patrick, who died peacefully on Thursday, February 16, 2023. Sister Joyce was 86 years old and had spent 66 of those years as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon.
Sister Joyce was a science teacher, who loved the natural sciences, the outdoors, and animals. She brought her love of nature and animals into the classroom. She taught at St. Rose of Lima School in Jay, St. Michael School and the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick, and St. John the Baptist School in Winslow. Her final 25 years in the classroom were spent at Marshwood High Schoo in Eliot.
Sister Joyce's funeral will be celebrated February 24 at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame du Perpetual Secours Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville. Visitation will be in the church an hour before the Mass.
Please keep in your prayers the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon as wells as Sr. Joyce’s family members and her friends.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Maurice Lebel who died on January 16, 2023, at the age of 90
Born in Brunswick on Dec. 14, 1932, to parents Thaddie and Marianna (Labbe) Lebel, he was the youngest of three children. After graduating from Brunswick High School, he went on to graduate from Fordham University School of Pharmacy in 1954. Later that year, he enlisted in the army and was stationed in Europe, where he served as a medic.
Soon after discharge, he worked as a pharmacist until he felt called to serve the Church. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1959 and was ordained a priest of the Jesuits in 1967.
Father Lebel’s assignments included teaching at Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass., serving as rector of Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, and serving in the Social and Special Apostolate and in the Catholic Counseling Service, both in the Diocese of Fall River.
In 1991, Father Lebel returned to Maine and was incardinated as a diocesan priest, serving in Bangor, Presque Isle, Auburn, and Norway. He retired from active ministry in 2003 but continued to assist at Holy Spirit Parish in Wells.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley on February 17 at St. Mary Church in Wells.
Please make memorial contributions to Holy Spirit Parish or to any worthy charity.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Marguerite Gregoire, a native of Lewiston and member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, who died on January 16, 2023, at the age of 75.
Sister Marguerite was a religious for 53 years and taught in various elementary and high schools in Maine and Massachusetts as well as serving as a pastoral associate in both states.
In 2007, she entered the infirmary in Methuen, Mass., and eventually was moved to St. Joseph Residence in Manchester, N.H.
She was a kind and generous person and had a special love and devotion to caring for the poor.
Please pray for the response of her soul and the consolation of her family, many friends, and most especially her religious sisters. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Claire Labbee, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, who died peacefully on January 20, 2023, after a brief illness.
Sister Claire was a Maine native, born in Jay in 1934 to Donat and Emelda Samson Labbee. She attended St. Rose of Lima School in Jay and the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick, then earned a BA in math and science from LaMennais College in Alfred and a master's degree in education from Boston College.
She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon in 1953, making first vows in 1955.
Sister Claire taught at Holy Family School in Lewiston, Sacred Heart School in Auburn, the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick, and Mount Merici School in Waterville. She then served as religious education coordinator at St. Louis Parish in Auburn.
In 1977, she became provincial superior for the Maine province serving in this post for 10 years. She would later serve on the provincial team in the 1990s and again in the 2000s. Her next career was in pastoral care, first at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston and then at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville, where she founded the Misson and Pastoral Care Department. Sister Claire also served on diocesan boards and committees.
Sister Claire is fondly remembered by all who knew her. She was kind, patient, a good listener, and cared for all those who crossed her path. Committed to the Church and her community, she engaged fully in whatever was asked of her.
Please kept in your prayers as well those she leaves behind, family, friends, and most especially the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon.
Wake: Wednesday, January 25, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, Silver Street in Waterville
Funeral: Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Waterville
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen!
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