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Obituaries

Sister Theresa Rand, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Theresa Rand, RSM, age 73, who died May 30 after a long illness. Sister Theresa was born in Portland on June 14, 1946, the 12th of 13 children born to Roy and Elizabeth (O’Brion) Rand.

She was brought up in a devout Catholic family in the Munjoy Hill section of Portland. She attended Cathedral Elementary and High School, graduating in 1964. Sister Theresa entered the Sisters of Mercy that same year and was welcomed to the religious community by her aunt, Sister Mary Rose O’Brion, RSM. She began her religious studies as well as attending St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish where she received a B.S. in education. She then earned her M.S. in education from Boston College.

Sister Theresa’s love of children contributed to her dedication as an educator. Her career in education spanned decades.  She taught at St. Joseph School in Lewiston, Public School in Benedicta, St. Mary’s School in Houlton, and Indian Island School in Old Town. She served as principal at St. Joseph and Cathedral School in Portland and then at Holy Cross School in South Portland.  She was known as a strong advocate for children and families, always striving to ensure everyone had access to a Catholic education.

Sister Theresa also ministered at St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Center in Portland and was director of religious education at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Augusta.  She also served on several diocesan boards and committees and on committees for her religious community.

Sister Theresa is survived by her brothers, Richard, Robert and Thomas Rand, and her sisters, Elizabeth Cyr and Judith Comeau, along with many nieces and nephews and other beloved family members.

Please keep Sister Theresa, her family, and members of her religious community in your prayers.

Sister Rita Morin, CSJ

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Rita Morin, CSJ, formerly known as Sister Roger-Marie, who died Wednesday, May 20, at age 87. 

Sister Rita was born in Lewiston in 1933, the daughter of Romeo and Marie-Laure (Pascal) Morin. She earned a BA in education from St. Joseph's College of Maine and also studied at St. Michael College in Vermont and the Universite Catholique de Paris for studies in advanced French. She then obtained a certificate in clinical pastoral education from Bon Secours Hospital, Methuen, MA.

Sister Rita entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons in February 1951 and made her religious profession in August 1958. She taught at Holy Family School in Lewiston, St. Rose of Lima School in Jay, and St. John the Baptist School in Winslow. She served as chaplain at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and Mount St. Joseph in Waterville. She also worked for Murphy Homes in Lewiston, where she was especially gifted working with adults with developmental disabilities,treating them with immense love and respect.

In your prayers, please remember her religious community and natural family whom she leaves behind. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Sister Claire Descoteaux, OP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Claire Descoteaux, OP, who passed away on Thursday, May 15, at age 84.  Sister Claire was born in Lewiston, the daughter of Lucien and Antoinette Descoteaux.  She joined the Dominican Sisters of the Roman Congregation in 1953, after graduating from St. Dominic Regional High School in Lewiston. She made her first religious profession two years later and was assigned to Japan, where she ministered for 13 years, working in an orphanage and as an English and French teacher, while continuing her studies.

When she returned to the United States, she taught French at St. Patrick School in Watertown, Mass, and then returned to her home parish to teach at Ss. Peter sand Paul School in Lewiston.  After receiving a B.S. from the University of Maine, she went to Staten Island, NY to teach, then to New Mexico, where she was also a youth minister.  In 1981, she returned to Maine and taught at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sabattus, then earned an LPN degree and worked in healthcare including at the St. Marguerite d’Youville pavilion and Marshwood Nursing Home in Lewiston, and Bolster Heights in Auburn.  She then studied clinical pastoral education She returned to Japan in 1998 as an English teacher, then went to Iowa City, Iowa where she volunteered at a parish, a Catholic bookstore, served meals to the homeless, and visited the homebound and those in nursing homes. She then retired from active ministry and returned to Maine.

Please pray for the repose of her soul and for the consolation of her natural and religious families. 

Sister Michelle Doyon, p.m.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Michelle Doyon (Sr. Denise-Francoise), a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, who died May 10, 2020, at age 79.

Born in Saco on February 6, 1941, to Lucien and Simone Anita (Morin) Doyon, Sister Michelle was a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary for more than 58 years.  She taught in elementary schools in Maine and Massachusetts for 18 years and then pursued a nursing degree.  She provided service to the sick and elderly in health centers in Biddeford, Kennebunk, and Methuen, MA. She also served on the staff at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford. She was greatly appreciated for her compassionate service to anyone in need.

Please pray for the consolation of Sister Michelle’s family and friends including her sister, Denise Doyon.

Deacon Roger Normand

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Roger Normand, who passed away on April 30, 2020.  A native of Sanford, Deacon Roger attended Holy Family School in Sanford and graduated as valedictorian from St. Ignatius High School.  He then attended St. Francis College in Biddeford (now the University of New England).  He earned a master’s degree in French from Boston College and later a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Deacon Roger taught high school French for 32 years, primarily in New Hampshire. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2004 and ministered in many ways at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord in Kittery, including visiting many shut-ins and the elderly.  For his service, he received the 2014 Msgr. Charles Murphy Deacon of the Year Award.

In addition to his teaching career, he also served as a police officer during the summer months, first in York Beach, York Village, and Wells Beach and later in Kennebunkport as the “officer in the square.” After he retired from the force, he served as police chaplain until 2014.  He also served as chaplain for fire departments in North Berwick, Berwick, and South Berwick.

Please pray for the repose of Deacon Roger’s soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Patricia, five children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren, an older sister, and many nieces and nephews.

Father Roger Cyr, OMI

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Roger Cyr, OMI, 86, who was called to his eternal reward by our Lord on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. 

Fr. Cyr was born and raised in Old Town where he attended St. Joseph School. He completed his secondary education at the seminaries of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Bucksport and Bar Harbor and then studied philosophy and theology at the Missionary Oblate seminary in Natick, Massachusetts. He completed his pastoral year in Washington, DC.

On August 1, 1953, Fr. Roger followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Myles, and entered the Oblate Novitiate in Colebrook, New Hampshire, professing his first vows on August 2, 1954, and his perpetual vows on September 8, 1957. He was ordained on August 15, 1959, in the Missionary Oblates’ summer chapel in Yarmouth by Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, DD, Seventh Bishop of Portland.

Fr. Roger was first attached to the novitiate staff in Colebrook as a professor. He then became associate pastor at St. Louis Parish in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and in 1967, he was named assistant director of St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell, Massachusetts, and eventually became director.

From 1981 to 1995, Fr. Roger and his brother teamed up to become roving missionaries in the true Oblate tradition. They traveled through the rural areas of New England offering support to parishes where there was a need. They preached conferences and replaced pastors in need of vacation while working together or individually.

From 1995 to 2015, Fr. Roger and Fr. Myles served at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Lincoln, with churches in Danforth, Kingman, Lincoln and Winn.  The brothers also served St. Leo the Great Parish in Howland and St. Francis Xavier in Brownville Junction. Fr. Roger was pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes from 1999-2015 and was also superior of the Maine District Community from 2006 to 2015.  (Read complete obituary.)

Please pray for the consolation of Fr. Roger's family, natural and religious, including his older brother, Reverend Myles Cyr, OMI.

May Father Roger’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Sister Mary Peter Bachand, O.S.U.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Peter Bachand, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, who passed away Wednesday, March 24, at the age of 94.   Sister Mary Peter was born in Sanford in 1925, the daughter of Louis and Eugenie (Harton) Bachand. She attended St. Ignatius School in Sanford.  Sister spent her life in service to her religious community.  She enjoyed doing little favors for her fellow sisters and could fix a car as well as the best mechanic.  She remained active until the last few months of her life, telling the nurse the day before she died: “Tomorrow, I will be dancing with the angels in heaven.”  May the Lord welcome her into his eternal presence.

Please remember her natural family, her religious sisters, and many friends who mourn her lose.

Sister Jeannine Levasseur, CSJ

Sister Jeannine Levasseur, CSJ, 88, formerly known as Sr. Marie-Lucie, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville.

She was born in Lewiston in 1931 to Odilon and Rose (Roy) Levasseur.  She attended St. Peter’s School and St. Dominic High School in Lewiston, then earned a bachelor’s degree from LaMennais College in Alfred and a master’s from the College of Ste Rose in Albany, N.Y.

Sister Jeannine entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon in 1951 in Auburn and made her religious profession in 1958. She taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Jackman, Sacred Heart School in Auburn, and Holy Family School in Lewiston, where she was a teacher-principal. In 1970, she was missioned to the Diocese of Mossoro in Brazil, where she served in pastoral care as a Bible resource person on the Diocesan Faith Commission and the National Board of Ecumenical Bible Formation for the State of Rio Grande de Norte. She also served on the Regional Conference of Religious. After 28 years in Brazil, she returned to the United States, serving in religious education and as a spiritual director.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 20 with burial following the Mass. In accord with the Bishop’s Directive, only sisters and immediate family will be present for the Mass. All others are asked to pray with us from home.  

Sister Dorothy Violette, SCIM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Dorothy Violette, formerly known as Sister St. Viola, who died Sunday, March 1, 2020, at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford. She was 87 years old.

Sister Dorothy was born in Van Buren on October 30, 1932, to Leo E. Violette and Ann Cyr Violette, the fourth of eight children.  She received her elementary schooling at Sacred Heart School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Van Buren.

On September 4, 1950, Sister Dorothy entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec.  She earned a bachelor's degree in education from St. Joseph's College of Maine and then went on to teach in schools in Biddeford and northern Maine, including North Caribou, Hamlin, Caswell, and Van Buren.  She taught hundreds of children in the St. John Valley and was greatly loved and respected by all.  She retired from a long career in education in the year 2000 and was assigned to Bay View Villa where she worked for four years.  She then served as a receptionist at St. Joseph Convent and as a driver, taking sisters to appointments.

Sister Dorothy is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visting hours: St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street in Biddeford on Friday, March 6, 9:30 a.m. go 11:45 a.m.

Following visiting hours, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Convent at noon, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery under the Directors of Hope Memorial Chapel.

Sister Rita Ouellette, M.I.C.

Please pray for the soul of Sister Rita Ouellette, M.I.C., who passed away on February 11, 2020, in Laval, Quebec. Sister Rita, age 100, was born in Lewiston on September 30, 1919, the daughter of the late Émile Ouellette and the late Malvina Robitaille. She joined the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in 1943 and lived her mission in Canada, Cuba, Bolivia and Peru. Besides her religious family, she is survived by her sister, Lauretta Sirois of Auburn; as well as nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brothers, Father Roger and Father Paul Ouellette, and sisters Laurianne Ouellette and Rejeanne LeClair.

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

Sister Estelle Leblanc, SCIM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Estelle Leblanc, SCIM, who died at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford on February 11, 2020, at the age of 98. 

Sister Estelle, formerly known as Sister Estelle Marie, was born in Lawrence, MA, on January 12, 1922, to Eugene LeBlanc and Angelie Allard Leblanc.  She was the first born of a family of four children.

On August 25, 1940, Sister Estelle entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in Biddeford.  She earned her B.A. degree from St. Joseph's College of Maine with a major in English and a minor in history.

Sister Estelle taught for 26 years in public and private schools of Maine and Massachusetts.  She also served as bookkeeper and treasurer for several years in various convents of the S.C.I.M. Community.

She is survived by two sisters.

Visiting hours will be Friday, February 14, 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, on Saturday, February 15, at 10 a.m.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford.

Sister Lucille Gamache, SCIM

Sister Lucille Gamache, formerly known as Sister Marie Lucille, died at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford on January, 28, 2020, at the age of 82.  Sister Lucille was born in Lawrence, Mass., on December 18, 1937, to Aime Gamache and Eva Pellerin Gamache Hull, the third child in a family of four.  She received her education at St. Anne School and St. Anne High School in Lawrence.  She received her B.A. in Education from St. Joseph's College of Maine in Standish.

On September 3, 1956, Sister Lucille entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in Saco.  After her initial training, she spent one year at the motherhouse in Quebec where she studied and prepared for her career in education.

Sister Lucille taught in elementary schools of Biddeford and northern Maine, as well as in Tennessee. She also served as principal in Old Town, Maine, and in Methuen, Mass., and at St. Joseph School in Biddeford..  From 1988 to 1997, she was a member of the provincial council, and then functioned as superior of Bay View Convent until its closure.  She was appointed provincial superior of St. Joseph Province and served in that capacity from 2003 until 2009 when she transferred to St. Joseph Convent.

Sister is survived by one brother, Ronald, of Chelmsford, Mass. and one sister, Lorraine Mazzola of Newton, Mass, and several nephews and nieces and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

 Visiting hours will be at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford, on Monday, February 3, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford.

Sister David Mary Duncan, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister David Mary Duncan,  a member of the Sisters of Mercy, who went to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 25.  After making profession in the community, Sister David Mary taught in different schools around the diocese for 12 years.  She then went to the Bahamas where she worked in the vineyard of the Lord for 40 years. She served as administrator of parishes in Magrove Cay and South Andros Island, where she also taught religious education and visit the poor, sick, and elderly. Upon her return to Maine, she became the community representative and caregiver for the Sisters at St. Joseph Rehabilitation and Residence where she herself spend the last few weeks of her life.

Please remember in your prayers her religious community as well as her family, friends and loved ones

Sister Mary Gemma Connelly, RSM

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Sr. Mary Gemma Connelly, RSM, who died peacefully at Frances Warde Convent on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Sister Germma was 91 years old, having spent 73 of those years as a Sister of Mercy.

Sister Mary Gemma was born on January 21, 1928, in Bangor to Mary Belle Cannon and Francis Joseph Connelly.  When Sister Mary Gemma was just four years old, her mother died.  She and her sister Mary Charlotte (later to be Sister Mary Michael R.S.M.) were placed in St. Michael Home for Girls in Bangor, which was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy.   It was where she came to know and love the Sisters of Mercy.

Sister Gemma was an educator. She began her teaching career at Cathedral School in Portland and then was a teacher or principal at schools all over the state, including Biddeford, Houlton, Westbrook, and the Pleasant Point Reservation in Perry.  Sister Gemma served in the Office of the Superintendent under Msgr. Charles Murphy from 1967 to 1978 and then became the first woman to be named superintendent of Catholic schools in Maine.

As a second or third career, Sr. Gemma served at St. Joseph’s College of Maine in administration, then as pastoral associate in parishes around Portland.  She ended her active career as the coordinator of the Motherhouse, before moving to Frances Warde Convent.

Sister Gemma had a great sense of humor and loved telling stories.

Please remember in your prayers those she leaves behind in her beloved community, her family, and many friends.

Wake:  Thursday, December 12, 3 to 6 p.m. at Conroy-Tully, Walker Funeral Homes, 1024 Broadway, South Portland

Funeral:  Friday, December 13. at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish, 492 Ocean Avenue Portland

Sister Sylvia Genesse, p.m.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Sylvia Genese, a member of the Sisters of Presentation of Mary.  Sister Sylvia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Genesse of Auburn, completed her journey on earth on November 24, 2019, at the age of 83.  She served 60 years in religious life, professing her vows on August 15, 1959.

Sister Sylvia served as the executive director of the Advisory Council for Religious from 1974-1977.  Prior to that assignment, she taught in schools in the diocese.  Subsequent to her assignment within the diocese, she went to Rome for theological studies and then served on the general council of her community.

Please pray for the consolation of her community as well as her family and friends.

Wake: Monday, December 2, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.. at Resurrection Chapel at Ste. Marie Residence, 495 Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial - Tuesday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Chapel at Ste. Marie Residence, 495 Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH

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

Father Armand Neault

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Armand R. Neault, age 92, who went to his eternal reward in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 26, 2019, in Biddeford.

Armand Robert was born to Mr. & Mrs. Edmond J. Neault on April 20, 1927, in Biddeford. After attending Catholic schools there, he completed his high school and college education at St. Charles Seminary (1941-1946), in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  He then completed his philosophy and theology studies at St. Paul Seminary (1946-1952), Ottawa, Ontario.

The Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, the Seventh Bishop of Portland, ordained Armand to the priesthood on June 7, 1952, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Fr. Neault served in the following assignments:

  • Parochial Vicar (Assistant Priest/Curate):
    • Sacred Heart Parish, Portland (Summer 1952)
    • Holy Rosary Parish, Caribou (1952-1955)
    • St. John Parish, Rumford (1955-1965)
    • St. Ignatius Parish, Sanford (1965-66)
    • St. Augustine Parish, Augusta (1966-1968)
  • Pastor:
    • Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Oquossoc (1968-1973)
    • St. Andrew Parish, Augusta (1973-1979)
    • Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish, Skowhegan (1979-1984)
    • Notre Dame Parish, Springvale (1984-2000, at which time he retired from full-time ministry; he continued to provide priestly ministry and coverage)

In addition, Fr. Neault also served the diocese in the following capacities:

  • Vicar Forane (Dean)
    • Southern Kennebec & Knox Deanery (1976-1979)
    • Somerset Deanery (1979-1982; renewed 1982-1984)
  • Chaplain – Knights of Columbus
    • Somerset Council #2089, Skowhegan (1980-1984)
    • Rev. Georges E. Poirier Council, Council #2755, Springvale (1985-1993; reappointed 1993-1997)
  • Chaplain – Daughters of Isabella
    • Notre Dame de Lourdes Circle, Skowhegan (19801984)
    • Mater Circle #389, Sanford (1985-
  • Committee for the Continuing Education of Priests (1978-1981; reappointed 1982-1985)

Fr. Neault was described as a “model of priestly commitment,” by Bishop Joseph Gerry, OSB; and on the occasion of his 65th anniversary of ordination, Bishop Deeley wrote, “Thank you for responding to the Lord’s call to you those many years ago and for your perseverance, your fidelity your generosity and for your generous service to the holy people of God who have been placed in your care.”

Funeral arrangements:

  • Reception of the Body with Wake – Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 2:p.m. (with viewing until 6 p.m.) @ St. Mary Church of Holy Spirit Parish, 236 Eldridge Rd., Wells, Maine.  Very Rev. Wilfred Labbe will preside and preach.
  • Mass of Christian Burial – Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 11 a.m. @ St. Mary Church of Holy Spirit Parish, 236 Eldridge Rd., Wells, Maine.  Msgr. Paul Stefanko, Vicar for Priests, will be the principal concelebrant; Rev. Thomas Murphy will be the homilist
  • Committal/Burial – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 11 a.m. @ Notre Dame Cemetery, Springvale. 

For a complete obituary and other information, please click on this link:  https://memorials.bibberfuneral.com/rev-father-armand-neault/4005432/index.php

Father Ralph Boisvert

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Ralph Boisvert, age 79, who died on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Father Boisvert was born in Biddeford, the son of Herman and Laurence Boisvert and attended St. Louis High School. In 1962, he married Claudia Hall and, for many years, operated his own business in Fryeburg.   He was active in the Church and was among the parishioners involved in the establishment of St. Elizabeth Ann Church in the town.

Upon his wife’s death in 1994, he answered the call to the priesthood and was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Portland. He was ordained by Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B, on May 15, 1999, and began serving at the Parish of the Holy Spirit in Waterville, then at St. Augustine and St. Andrew parishes in Augusta, which became part of St. Michael Parish in 2007.

After retiring from active ministry, Father Boisvert served when needed at the Togus VA Medical Center.

Please pray for the consolation of his family and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements:

Mass of Christian Burial:  The Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, Bishop of Portland, will be the principal celebrant of the funeral Mass, to be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at St. Augustine Church of St. Michael Parish, in Augusta.  The Very Reverend Louis J. Phillips will preach the homily.

Burial/Committal:  At a cemetery in Fryeburg at a later date.

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

Sister Elizabeth Madden, SSS

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Sr. Elizabeth Madden, age 86, a member of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, who died September 16 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Sister Elizabeth would have celebrated her 65th anniversary of religious profession on November 21.

Sister Elizabeth served the congregation in Waterville, ME; Hammond, IN; Pueblo, CO; and Columbo, Sri Lanka.  She specialized in liturgy and spiritual direction, but filled various positions including superior, treasurer, and director of adoration programs. Upon her return to Maine, she spearheaded adoration programs in Saco and Lewiston

Sister Elizabeth was the 10th of 12 children. Please pray also for the consolation of her natural and religious families, as well as her many friends and acquaintances.

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

Vigil Service: Sunday, September 22, at 7 p.m. with visiting hours until 8:30 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, 101 Silver Street in Waterville

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 23, at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, followed by burial and reception.

Father Rene G. Lavoie

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Rene G. Lavoie, 94, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who was welcomed by the Lord to his eternal reward on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He had been living in Lewiston.

Mr. & Mrs. Martial J. Lavoie welcomed Rene into this world on April 4, 1925 in Lewiston.  After graduating from Holy Cross School, he earned his college degree at St. Charles Seminary in St. Hyacinth.  He then complete his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary University in Ottawa, Ontario, in Canada.  He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, the Eighth Bishop of Portland, on May 19, 1951, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Lavoie served in the following assignments:

  • Sacred Heart Parish, Yarmouth – Assistant Pastor (Parochial Vicar) (Summer 1951)
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Presque Isle – Assistant Pastor (1951-56)
  • St. Michael’s Parish, South Berwick – Assistant Pastor (1956-66)
  • St. Hyacinth Parish, Westbrook – Assistant Pastor (1966-67)
  • St. Agnes Parish, Island Falls – Pastor (1967-72)
  • St. Martin of Tours Parish, Millinocket – Pastor (1972-75)
  • Holy Family Parish, Lisbon Falls – Pastor (1975-85)
    • Served for a period of time as Temporary Administrator of SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish, Lisbon Falls (starting in 1976)
  • St. Louis Parish, Auburn – Pastor (1985-94, at which time he retired but continued to provide priestly ministry in many parishes for several years)

In addition to his parochial assignments, Fr. Lavoie was appointed to serve in the following capacities:

  • Extraordinary Confessor for the Sisters at Good Shepherd Convent, North Caribou (1952-55)
  • Ordinary Confessor for the Sisters at Holy Rosary Convent, Caribou (1952-55)
  • Ordinary Confessor for the Sisters of Mercy at St. Joseph’s College (1966)
  • Chaplain for Knights of Columbus
    • St. Martin of Tours Council #680, Millinocket (1973)
    • Lisbon Falls Council #2358, Lisbon Falls (1977)
  • Vicar Forane
    • Northern Penobscot Deanery (1975-76)
    • Sagadahoc-Lincoln Deanery (to complete the term of his predecessor 1982; re-appointed 1982-85)
    • Androscoggin Deanery (1988-91)

On the day of his ordination, Fr. Lavoie made this commitment:  “I vowed that I would never ‘retire’ from giving the Body, the Pardon, and the Word of Jesus as long as I possibly could.”  In a letter acknowledging Fr. Lavoie’s 40th jubilee, Bishop Proulx wrote:  “Since that day [of your ordination], you have served the Church in Maine with loyalty and generosity in parishes from Presque Isle to South Berwick. Your love for the Word of God and your manifold talents have been dedicated to building up and strengthening the faiths of the parishioners entrusted to your care.  You have always shown great concern for the beauty and cleanliness of God’s house and have been a wise and prudent steward of the resources and assets of the parishes you served.”

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

Sister Mary Denis Schwartz, RSM

Sister Mary Denis Schwartz (affectionally known as Mother Denis) died peacefully on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Frances Warde Convent in Portland. She was 93 years old.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, her family moved to Fort Fairfield when she was a young girl, and that is where she was raised.  That is also where she first came to know the Sisters of Mercy who taught her religious education at St. Denis Church.

Sr. Mary Denis entered the Sisters of Mercy in September 1946, taking her religious name from the parish.  She taught in schools from Portland to Houlton.  Much beloved, sister was elected general superior of the Sisters of Mercy in 1967.  During her years of leadership, she served on many boards and committees and led the expansion of the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Mercy, in particular Mercy Hospital and St. Joseph’s College.  She sent sisters to operate the Northern Maine Security Home in Eagle Lake, established a ministry on Andros Island in the Bahamas, and oversaw the construction of Catherine McAuley High School in Portland. After completing several terms in leadership, Mother Denis became the treasurer of the community, a position she held for nearly 20 years.

In her later years, her ministry was one of prayer, during which she focused especially on immigrants.

“I have such compassion for the immigrants as I was once an immigrant myself,” she once said.

Mother Denis was beloved by many, family, friends and her sisters in community.  She always had time for anyone who approached her.

Wake:  Friday, August 30, 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Conroy-Tully, Walker Chapel at 1024 Broadway in South Portland with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral:  Saturday, August 31, at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., followed by a burial at New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Mary Denis Schwartz and for the consolation of her family, both natural and religious, and her friends.

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

Sister Claire Lepage, CSJ

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Claire Lepage, CSJ, who died Wednesday, July 23, at the age of 78.

Sister Claire was born in Lewiston in 1941, the daughter of Arthur and Paula Lepage. She attended St. Louis School in Auburn and Holy Family School in Lewiston, before graduating from Lewiston High School.

Sister Claire entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons 60 years ago, taking final vows in 1967.  She continued her studies at St. Joseph's College of Maine in Standish and then at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister's Claire's many years in ministry included teaching at Sacred Heart School in Auburn, Holy Family School in Lewiston, and St. Dominic High School. In 1970, she began mission work in Brazil, where she served for 27 years. When she returned to Maine, she continued her ministry in the Lewiston-Auburn area, serving in many capacities, including as a hospice volunteer, the province's international justice and peace coordinator, and as a vocation coordinator, among other positions.

Please pray for the consolation of Sister’s natural and religious families.

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

Wake: Thursday, July 25, at 9:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Waterville

Funeral: Thursday, July 25, ;at 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Waterville

Burial: Thursday, July 25, at 3:00 p.m. at St Peter Cemetery in Lewiston

Sister Claudia Barbre, RSM

Sister Claudia Barbre, a Sister of Mercy, died peacefully at Frances Warde Convent on July 2, 2019.  Sister Claudia was a youthful 92 year old woman who enjoyed life. She was born in Portland on Nocvember 19, 1927 and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1946.  She was a graduate of Cathedral High School and attended Our Lady of Mercy College, the forerunner of Saint Joseph's College of Maine in Standish. She also received a licentiate degree in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sister Claudia taught for several years in different schools around the diocese and then served as an advocate and defender of bond in the Diocesan Tribunal.  Sister Claudia was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Hospital.

Sister Claudia enjoyed being around people and was known for her many humorous stories.  She also loved walks in nature, animals, and time at the ocean.

Wake: Conroy, Tully, Walker FUneral Home, 1024 Broadway in South Portland on Wednesday, July 10, 3 p.m. to 7p.m.
Funeral: Chapel of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland on Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. 
Burial: Calvary Cemetery on Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m.

May Sister Claudia's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Bishop Paul Baltakis, OFM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop Paul Baltakis who died Friday, May 17, in his beloved country of Lithuania. 

Bishop Baltakis was born in Lithuania on January 1, 1925, the second oldest of eleven children. He entered the Franciscan Order in Belgium in 1945 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1952.  In 1953, he emigrated to Canada and served in a number of Lithuanian parishes before being elected provincial of the Lithuanian Franciscan Vicariate of St Casimir. He moved to Kennebunk, Maine, in 1979.

On June 7, 1984, Pope John Paul II appointed Father Baltakis, Titular Bishop of Egara for the spiritual assistance of Lithuanian Catholics living outside of Lithuania.  He was ordained on September 17, 1984, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.  He made his office in Mespeth, New York, and retired from active ministry in 2004.

After retirement from active ministry, he moved back to his beloved monastery in Kennebunk, where he remained until 2018.  He then returned to Lithuania to be closer to family.

Funeral services were held in Lithuania.

Please pray for the consolation of his religious and natural families and for the many Lithuanians who loved him.

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

Sister Laurette Levasseur, CSJ

The soul of Sr. Laurette Levasseur, CSJ, is recommended to your prayers. Sister Laurette passed peacefully to the Lord on Saturday, May 11, at the age of 89.

A native of Lewiston, Sister Laurette attended St. Dominic High School and then graduated from the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick. She received a bachelor’s degree from La Mennais College in Alfred and a master’s degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y.

She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons in 1950.

She served at Holy Family Parish and school in Lewiston, St. John the Baptist School in Winslow, and as a pastoral associate at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Berwick.

She also spent many years in leadership within the community. Her positions included local superior, formation director, provincial superior, provincial treasurer, and archivist, among others.

Her gentle spirit and ready smile endeared her to many.  No doubt she learned patience from the years that she helped raise nine younger siblings.  Life was not easy, but she always found the good in everyone and in all things.

Services:  Wake at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville, followed immediately by the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. 

Please pray for the repose of Sister Laurette’s soul and for the consolation of the loved ones she leaves behind: family, community, and friends.

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

Brother Marcel Sylvestre

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Brother Marcel Sylvestre, a Brother of Christian Instruction.  Brother Marcel died on May 4 at the youthful age of 90.

A native of Biddeford, Brother Marcel taught high school religion in schools run by the brothers in Fall River, MA; Plattsburgh, NY; and Detroit, MI before becoming a professor of sociology at Walsh College in Ohio.  He served in leadership positions within his religious community as local superior but also on the general council.  He was also appointed by The Congregation for Religious to serve as the religious assistant for the American Federation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood.  His other activities included helping the local bishop establish the University of Notre Dame d’Haiti.  He served for six years as a project offiSscer for Terre Sans Frontieres based in La Prairie, Province of Quebec, Canada, with special responsibility for projects in Haiti, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya.

In his retirement, Brother Marcel took on responsibility for the annual edition of “Agencies for Development Assistance,” written in three languages to help non-profit organizations in 139 countries locate funding for their programs.  The majority of his “retired years” were spent at Walsh University, only moving to the retirement community in Alfred in 2017.

 Brother Sylvester was a gentle, humble soul who went about his mission quietly, with great serenity.  He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Marcel Sylvestre and for the consolation of his religious brothers and his many nieces and nephews whom he leaves behind.

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

Father Leroy Landry, OMI

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Leroy Delano Landry, OMI, 83, who died on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  Fr. Landy, a native of Millinocket, was an Oblate of Mary Immaculate for more than 63 years and a priest for more than 58 years.  Following his ordination, he was assigned to the Oblate missions in Haiti where he spent 36 years serving the poorest of the poor.  His other pastoral assignments includeded ministering for five years (2005-2010) at St. Leo the Great Parish in Howland.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at the chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA.

For more information, please click on this link:  https://obituaries.bangordailynews.com/obituary/rev-leroy-landry-o-m-i-1...

May Fr. Leroy Landy’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Beatrice Caron

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bea Caron, who died on April 15 at the age of 82.  Bea was a member of the secular institute, Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.  Members of secular institutes take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience but live a hidden life in the world. Bea was committed to the Church, her secular institute, her natural family, and her parish.  She served all who crossed her path with respect, love, patience and kindness. This summer. Bea would have celebrated 50 years as a member of the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.Please remember Bea in your prayers and ask the Lord to console the loved ones she leaves behind – her natural and her religious families.

Wake:  Cote Funeral Home, 87 James Street, Saco on Monday, April 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funeral:  Good Shepherd Parish, Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street, Saco at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 23.

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

Father Semaus Keebler, OSA, Prim

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Seamus Keebler, OSA, Prim, 70, who died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in DeLand, Florida, where he led the monastery of the Augustinian Monks of the Primitive Observance.

Fr. Seamus had previously led similar monasteries in Maine, in the town of St. Francis and on Peaks Island.

Father Seamus was born in 1948 and raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  He was ordained a diocesan priest in Washington in 1975 but felt drawn to the cloistered life.  When he was living in Massachusetts, he was invited to open a monastery in the Diocese of Worcester. Then, in 2005, he relocated to DeLand.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church, 359 W New York Ave, DeLand on Monday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m.

To view his obituary, please click on this link:

https://www.orlandodiocese.org/e-scroll/archive/please-pray-for-the-repose-of-the-soul-of-fr-seamus-kuebler-osa-prim/

May Fr. Seamus Kuebler’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

Sister Marita Pelletier

Sister Marita Pelletier, SCIM made her final journey home to the Lord on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  She was 88 years old, having spent 71 of those years in the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec.

Sister Marita taught in elementary grades in Biddeford, as well as in Lawrence and Methuen, MA before going on to study art.

Her later years were spent as sacristan and infirmarian at Bayview Convent in Saco and then St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford.

Please pray for the repose of Sr. Marita’s soul and for the consolation of her religious community and her natural family.  She will be remembered for her pleasant smile, peaceful presence and pleasant smile.

Wake:  Friday, April 12, at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool St, Biddeford, ME  from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  and Saturday, April 13, 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

Funeral: Saturday, April 13, at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Convent.

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

Father Rudolph Leveille

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Rudolph “Rudy” J. Leveille, 87, who died Sunday, March 10, at Dirigo Pines in Orono where he had been living.

Rudy was born to Rudolph J. and Isabel R. Leveille on September 23, 1931, in Old Town.  His formal education included St. Joseph’s School, Old Town; John Bapst High School, Bangor (Class of 1949); and College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (1949-1951).  Rudy then studied philosophy at the Séminaire de Philosophie, Montreal, and theology at Le Grand Séminaire de St. Sulpice, Montreal.  He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, Eighth Bishop of Portland, on June 15, 1957, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland.

During his years of full-time, active ministry, Fr. Leveille served in the following assignments:

Parochial Vicar/Assistant:

  • St. Joseph Parish, Portland (Summer 1957)
  • St. Patrick Parish, Portland (appointed 1957)
  • St. Margaret Parish, Old Orchard Beach (appointed 1967)
  • St. Mary Parish, Bangor (appointed 1969)

Temporary Administrator:

  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Bucksport (appointed Spring & Summer 1972)

Pastor:

  • Sacred Heart Parish, Hallowell (appointed 1972); added St. Denis Parish, North Whitefield (appointed 1975) - Administrator
  • St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Orono (appointed 1981)
  • St. Teresa Parish, Brewer (appointed 1987)

Fr. Leveille retired from full-time ministry on June 30, 1997; however, he continued to be active in serving the faithful in the greater Bangor-Brewer, Orono-Old Town areas.

Fr. Leveille also served the diocese, its bishops and brother priests in the following capacities:

  • Sisters of Mercy, Motherhouse, Portland – Confessor (Summer 1964)
  • Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Convent, Biddeford – Confessor (1967)
  • Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women – Moderator of the Augusta District (appointed 1972)
  • Diocesan Priests’ Senate, for the Southern Kennebec Deanery (elected in 1978, re-elected 1980)
  • Diocesan Priests’ Senate – President (elected 1979)
  • Diocesan Consultors – Ex-Officio Member (concurrent with election as President of the Diocesan Priests’ Senate in 1979)
  • Knights of Columbus
    • State Council - State Friar (1980-1983)
    • Fr. Druillette Council #2537, Old Town - Chaplain (appointed 2005)
  • Daughters of Isabella
    • St. Mary’s Circle #425, Orono – Chaplain (appointed 1981)
    • Ave Maria Circle #422, Bangor – Chaplain (appointed 1987)

In his letter to Fr. Leveille on the occasion of his retirement, Bishop Joseph Gerry, OSB, wrote: “Throughout your years of ministry, you have been known as a man with great attention to detail and a gift for administration.  I have known you as a gracious host and a gentleman … ‘a comfort to those who are lonely’ and [someone] who ‘helps us get through the pain.’ Only God can know how much those qualities have meant in the lives of the countless men and women to whom you have ministered these forty years.”

Funeral Arrangements

  • Reception of the Body & Wake:  Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 3:00 PM, Holy Family Church of the Parish of the Resurrection, 429 Main Street, Old Town (V. Rev. Frank Murray, Vicar Forane, will preside.)
  • Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 11:00 AM, Holy Family Church of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, 429 Main Street, Old Town (Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, Bishop of Portland, will preside.

Sister Fleurette Kennon, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Fleurette Kennon, RSM, who died Thursday, March 7, two months shy of her 92nd birthday.  Sister Fleurette, a native of Portland, will be remembered by many as the librarian at St. Joseph’s College of Maine for 22 years, from 1977 to 1999.  The quiet room was dedicated in her honor in 2016, since she liked it quiet in the library.  That same year, she celebrated her 70th jubilee as a Sister of Mercy.

Prior to her time at St. Joseph’s College, Sr. Fleurette taught in many schools throughout the diocese. They include St. Dominic School in Portland, St. Teresa School in Brewer, St. Athanasius School in Rumford, Cathedral Junior High in Porland, St. John School in Bangor, Holy Cross School in South Portland, St. Mary School in Augusta, and St. Mary School in Houlton. She also served as principal at St. Mary School in Bangor, St. Joseph School in Lewiston, and at a public school in Benedicta.

WAKE:  Monday, March 11, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes, 172 State St, Portland

FUNERAL:  Tuesday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland.

Please pray for the consolation of her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy, and her family.

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

Father Lionel Gerard Chouinard

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Lionel Gerard Chouinard, 79, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who was called to his eternal reward by the Lord on Saturday morning, February 23, 2010.

Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as the family has finalized them and informed the Office of the Bishop.

Lionel was born in Lewiston on October 24, 1939, to Alcide and Gratienne (Ouellette) Chouinard.  His formal education began at St. Mary’s School in Lewiston; he then attended high school and college seminary at St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec.  He studied philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary (Paca Street) and theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University (Roland Park), Baltimore.  Upon completion of his seminary formation, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1965, by the Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, the Eighth Bishop of Portland.

During his 52 years of active, full-time ministry, Fr. Chouinard served in the following assignments:

  • Parochial Vicar/Assistant Pastor
    • St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island (Summer 1965)
    • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madawaska (1965-1968)
    • Holy Cross Parish, Lewiston (1968-1976) – During these years, he also served as part-time chaplain at St. Dominic High School (1973-76) and as temporary administrator of the parish (1974-76).
  • Pastor
    • Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Machias (1976-1982)
    • St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, Mexico (1982-1990)
    • St. Augustine Parish, Augusta (1990-2000)
    • Holy Trinity Parish, Lisbon Falls (2000-2017) – from 2006-2007, Fr. Chouinard also served as administrator of Holy Family Parish, Lewiston; in 2008, Fr. Chouinard also assumed responsibility for Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Sabattus, and its mission, St. Francis, Greene. Although he reached retirement age in 2009, he continued to serve as administrator of the parish communities in Lisbon Falls, Sabattus, and Greene until May 1, 2017.

On the occasion of Father Chouinard’s retirement, Bishop Robert Deeley wrote: “For you, an assignment to a parish meant that you would become a part of the community and get to know your people…you have been generous far beyond the normal age of retirement in offering your pastoral heart to others.” 

Father Chouinard was also generous in his service to his bishops, diocese, brother priests and the lay faithful in the following capacities:

  • Knights of Columbus
    • Chaplain:  Council #2638, Madawaska; Fr. AJ Barry Assembly, 4th Degree, Rumford; Fr. John E. Bellefontaine Council #8918, Hallowell; Rev. Napoleon P. Cournoyer Council #2358, Lisbon Falls
    • Faithful Friar:  Fr. Michael J. McGivney Assembly #2296, Hallowell
    • Knights of Columbus State Friar:  State Council 4th Degree Staff
  • Daughters of Isabella
    • Chaplain: St. Timothy Circle #504, Rumford; St. Agnes Circle #713, Augusta
    • State Chaplain:  State Circle (2006-2015; reappointed 2015-2017)
  • Ordinary Confessors, Sisters of the Holy Rosary (1968)
  • Chaplain: Human Relations Services, District II (1975)
  • Member of the Priests’ Senate/Priests’ Council (Presbyteral Council) (1976; reelected 1981)
  • Member of the Board/College of Consultors (1979-84; 1984-89; 1989-94)
  • CYO Deanery III, Moderator (1978)
  • Vicar Forane (Dean):  Oxford & Franklin Counties (1985-88; reappointed 1988-91); Deanery VII – Androscoggin County (2005-2010)
  • St. Dominic Regional High School Board (2006-2009)
  • St. Peter’s Cemetery Board (2009-2010)

Please pray also for the consolation of his sister, Martha Bissonnette, and his many two nieces and five nephews and their families.

May Father Chouinard's soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Msgr. Raymond Begin

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor Raymond F. Begin, 90, whom the Lord called to his eternal home on Friday, February 15, 2019.  He had been living in Venice, Florida.

Raymond was born to Henry D. and Rose Zelpha (Gauthier) Begin in Lewiston, Maine, on February 19, 1928.  He received his education at the following schools/institutions: St. Louis School, Auburn (grammar); St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec (high school and two years of college); and St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa, Ontario (philosophy and theology).  After completing his seminary education and formation, he was ordained to the priesthood by The Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, the Eighth Bishop of Portland, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, on June 7, 1952.

As a priest, he served in the following assignments:

  • St. John Parish, Bangor (Parochial Vicar/Assistant 1952-53)
  • St. Agatha Parish, St. Agatha (Parochial Vicar/Assistant 1953-55)
  • The Catholic University of America (Advanced Studies in Canon Law in preparation for a Doctorate, from 1955-58)
    • Assistant at St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island
  • Diocesan Tribunal
    • Notary – appointed in 1956 (while studying Canon Law at CUA)
    • Ecclesiastical Secretary – appointed in 1959
    • Defender of the Bond – appointed in 1959
    • Officialis – appointed 1964-1992
    • Judge, Tribunal of the Boston Province – appointed in 1983
  • Assistant at St. Dominic Parish, Portland – appointed in 1958
  • Chaplain & Confessor at St. Joseph’s Convent, Portland – appointed in 1959-69
  • Chaplain at Pineland Hospital & Training Center – appointed in 1959-67
  • Holy Martyrs of North America Parish, Falmouth (1969-79)
  • Holy Family Parish, Lewiston (1979-87)
  • Holy Family Parish, Lisbon Falls (1987-1992)
  • St. Gregory Parish, Gray (1992-1997)

On March 25, 1967, the Holy Father made him a Monsignor, with the rank of Domestic Prelate.  In addition, Msgr. Begin also served the bishops, diocese and his brother priests as a member of the Diocesan Priests’ Senate (1966), the Priests’ Personnel Board (1976-79), and the Diocesan Board of Consultors (1980-83).

After 45 years of pastoral ministry, including 40 years of service to the Diocesan Tribunal, Msgr. Begin retired from full-time active ministry on July 1, 1997.  At that time, Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B, wrote:  “In 1992 [on the occasion of your fortieth anniversary of ordination to priesthood], I wrote, ‘In the short time that I have been here, I have appreciated your straightforwardness, your uprightness, your integrity and your honesty.’ My opinion has not changed one bit.  Let me add to that your tireless advocacy on behalf of literally thousands of men and women of the Diocese who have been reconciled to the Church through your judicial wisdom and pastoral concern in your tribunal ministry.”

Msgr. Begin was predeceased by his five siblings:  Jeanette Ouellette Frye, Thérèse Kelley, Henri Begin, Jr., Juliette Begin and Maurice Begin.  He is survived by cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are as follow:

  • Visitation/Wake with Cremains:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 10:00-10:45 a.m., Holy Family Church of Prince of Peace Parish, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, followed immediately by the Mass of Christina Burial.
  • Mass of Christian Burial:   Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m., Holy Family Church of Prince of Peace Parish, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston.  The Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley will be the principal celebrant of the Mass; Msgr. Paul Stefanko, who succeeded Msgr. Begin as the Judicial Vicar in the Tribunal, will preach the homily.
  • Committal Prayers/Interment:  Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston

May Msgr. Raymond Begin’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Father James Brewer

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father James P. Brewer who went home to the Lord on February 14, 2019.

Fr. Brewer was born in New York City on March 3, 1948, the second oldest of seven children, to Maurice and Rita (Clark) Brewer.  He graduated from Sacred Heart School in the Bronx, New York, and then completed high school studies at Epiphany Apostolic College High School in Newburgh, New York. Attending the University of Dallas, Irving TX, Fr. Brewer earned his BA in history with a minor in philosophy. He entered St. Paul University Seminary in Ottawa, Canada, earnng degrees in theology and canon law. He ws ordained for the priesthood on June 18, 1977, at his family’s home parish of Our Lady of the Snows in North Floral Park, NY.

His assignments in Maine included: St. Joseph, Lewiston; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Presque Isle; St. Mary of the Assumption, Augusta; St. Charles Borromeo, Brunswick; after which he was granted permission to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed at Philadelphia Naval Base and Governor’s Island, New York Harbor. Lieutenant Commander Brewer was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation medal.

After active Naval duty, Fr. Brewer returned to the diocese and was assigned to St. Mary, Eagle Lake, followed by St. John, Bangor; St. Hyacinth , Westbrook; St. Philip, Lyman and the cluster churches of  Sacred Heart, Yarmouth; Holy Martyrs of North America, Falmouth; St. Jude, Freeport; and St. Gregory, Gray.   Fr. Brewer retired from full-time parish ministry January 2013.  In his retirement, he continued his priestly ministry serving as a chaplain to the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center and assisted in parish ministry.

Father Brewer is survived by his sister Ann and her husband William Fitzpatrick, sister-in-law Diana Brewer, brother Richard Brewer and his wife Elizabeth, brothers Jude Brewer and Joseph Brewer, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and beloved friends. He was predeceased by brothers Robert and Maurce, sister-in-laws Deborah, barbara, and Marianne, and nephew Maurice.

Please prayer for the consolation of Father Brewer's family and friends. May his soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Father Bertrand R. Poussard

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Father Bertrand R. Poussard, 77, who was called to his eternal home by the Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Bertrand Robert Poussard, son of Robert and Yvette (Couture) Poussard, was born on December 30, 1941, in Lewiston.  After graduating from Holy Family School in Lewiston, Bert attended high school at the Seminary of St. Hyacinth in the Province of Quebec, Canada, and then college at the Montreal University.  He completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the University of Ottawa and St. Paul’s Seminary, respectively.  The Most Reverend Peter L. Gerety, then Co-Adjutor Bishop of Portland, ordained him to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on May 20, 1967.

During his years of full-time active ministry, Fr. Poussard served in the following capacities and assignments:

Fr. Poussard also served in the following capacities and assignments:

Fr. Poussard formally retired from active ministry in 2004 due to health issues.  Bishop Joseph Gerry, OSB, once wrote to Fr. Poussard:  “I have been deeply impressed with the humility and honesty with which you recognize your gifts and the graciousness with which you have placed yourself at the service of the Church.”

Fr. Poussard is survived by his sister, Louise, and her husband Fernand Roy, and their extended family.  Funeral arrangement will be announced as soon as the family has finalized them.

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

Sister Elizabeth Platt, COC

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Elizabeth Platt, 87 who died Thursday, January 17.  Sister Liz, as she was commonly known, died at home, which was her wish, with family, friends and her pastor present.

Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, Sr. Liz  served the people of Boston in her early years of religious life, including leading a boys' choir, a memory she cherished throughout her life.  She came to Maine in 1972 and began working at St. Dominic Parish in Portland.  From 1982 to 1987, she was the Region III catechetical resource person for the Diocese of Portland.  In more recent years, she has worked as the pastoral associate at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn, where her ministries included the children’s choir, faith formation education, and ministering to members of the parish, especially the sick and dying.   A complete obituary may be found here.

Please prayer for the consolation of Sister Elizabeth's family and friends, including Sr. Irene Platt, COC, her niece and companion for many years.

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

 
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... previous obituaries:

2018

Sister Martin Drouin, OSU

Sister Theresa Conlogue, RSM

Sister Bertha Cormier, SCIM

Sister Dolores Cyr, O.P.

Deacon Richard Doyle

Father John J. Feeney

Father Donald Jacques

Brother James Lacasse, FIC

Sister Maura Murphy, RSM

Father Donald McAllister

Sister Rose Anna Ouellette, SSS

Sister Rita Pelletier, O.P.

Sister Mary Catherine Perko, SSS

Sister Marie Immaculata Vane, DW

Sister M. Stella Maris Ware, RSM

2017

Father Claude Albert

Sister Alice Beauchemin, SCIM

Sister Aurore Beaulieu, SCIM

Father Richard Bertrand, SJ

Father Armand Bill

Sister Jacqueline Bilodeau

Brother Francis Blouin, FIC

Sister Pauline Bonenfant, OP

Father Normand Carpentier

Sister Georgeanne Doucette, SCIM

Sister Cecile Grenier

Sister Cecilia Kennedy, RSR

Monsignor Robert Lavoie

Sister Anne Xavier Loubert, CSJ

Father James MacGee

Sister Mary de la Salle O'Donnell, RSM

Father Clement Thibodeau

Sister Patricia Veale

2016

Sister Ursula Binnette, OSU

Sister Rita Bourassa, OSU

Sister Collette Caron, CSJ

Sister Candide Corriveau, DW

Sister Mary Garrett, RSM

Father James Knox

Sister Mary Laboure Morin

Father Richard Ouellette

Sister Claire Pelletier, SCIM

Father Paul Plante

Sister Rose Mary Rush, RSM

Sister Anita Therrien, SCIM

2015

Sister Mary Annunciation, OP

Sister Mary Louis Auger, RSM

Sister Nesta Beaudoin, OSU

Sister Thelma Bouchard, RSR

Deacon Robert Divine

Sister Laurette Fredette, SCIM

Sister Monique Gobeil, SCIM

Sister Lucille Huot, SCIM

Sister Jacqueline Koss, CSJ

Sister Pauline Lamirande, SCIM

Sister Theresa Lanouette, SCIM

Sister Mary Louise Landry, RS

Father Harold Nicknair

Father Fernand Paquet, MM

Father Arthur Pechillo

2014

Sister Bertha Bergeron, OSU

Father Gerald Bolduc, OMI

Sister Simonne Doucette, SCIM

Father Thomas Farley

Sister Lucille Fournier, OP

Sister Catherine Green, RSM

Deacon Peter Joseph

Sister Mary Madeline Lemieux, OSU

Father Kieran Monahan, OFM

Father Real Nadeau

Msgr. Leopold Nicknair

Sister Olivia Pasterczyk, RSM

Sister Theresa Pelletier, SCIM

Deacon George Stevens

2013

Msgr. Vincent Tatarczuk

Rev. Patrick Walsh, CSC