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:
- 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)
- St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Bucksport (appointed Spring & Summer 1972)
- 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.”
- 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).
- 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.
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