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Sister Irene Platt, COC

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Irene Platt, COC, who died on November 16, 2021, at the age of 61. Born on May 9,1960, to Lawrence and Jeannette Platt, Sister Irene was raised in Chester, PA, where she attended Catholic schools. In 1980, just two years after graduation, she entered the Companions of Christ in Portland, answering a call to serve the Lord. Sister Irene served in various ministries in the Portland and Auburn/Lewiston areas, most recently at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Senior Living Center in Lewiston as a CNA and at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn.

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

Funeral arrangements:

Reception of the Body and Wake: Friday, November 19, at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, November 19, at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn.

Sister Jean Little, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Jean Little R.S.M., (formerly Sister Mary Edwin), who died peacefully on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the age of 82.

Born in Portland on December 13, 1938, Sister Jean was the daughter of Harold Edwin and Mary Catherine Mannette Little. She attended St. Patrick Elementary School and then Cathedral High School in Portland, before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1957. She then went on to earn a B.S. in education from St. Joseph's College of Maine in Standish and a M.Ed. from Boston College.

Sister Jean taught at Cathedral Elementary School in Portland, St. Mary School in Augusta, St. John School in Bangor, St. Joseph School in Portland, and St. Athanasius School in Rumford, before being asked, in 1968, to join the newly established Diocesan Bureau of Human Relations Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities Maine. Among her responsibilities was overseeing the transition of Holy Innocents Home and St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage into St. Elizabeth's Child Development Center, which still serves children to this day. She described her years at Catholic Charities as “marvelous.”

In 1978, Sister Jean was selected by her community to be a member of the Renewal Team, after which she was called to be superior of St. Joseph's Motherhouse community. She then served as a pastoral associate at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Biddeford, before being elected to the leadership team of the Mercy community. She served as ministry director from 1990-1994 and also served on the Bishop’s Task Force for the Future of the Church in Maine. In 1994, Sister Jean was named co-director of the Mercy Associates before becoming director of volunteer services for the refugee resettlement program of Catholic Charities Maine. In 1998, Sister Jean was elected regional president of the Portland community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, a position she held until 2006.  After a sabbatical, Sister Jean was then invited to serve as director of faith formation at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Westbrook.

Reflecting on her many experiences at the time of her 60th jubilee in 2017, Sister Jean said, “I would not want to trade my life for anything else, because as I have gone through my experiences, with the good times and the not-so-good-times, they have been very rich. I feel very blessed.”

In addition to participation in numerous community leadership conferences for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sister Jean served on the boards of Mercy Hospital in Portland, St. Joseph's College of Maine, and Catholic Charities Maine.

Visiting hours: Tuesday, November 2, at the Conroy-Tully Walker Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland

Mass of Christian Burial: - Wednesday, November 3, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland. Bishop Robert Deeley will be the celebrant.  Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Father Donald S. Gagne, SM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Donald S. Gagne, SM, who died on October 23, 2021, at the age of 89.  The son of Marianne and Arthur Gagne, Father Gagne was born in Brunswick where he was a student at St. John's Catholic School.

From there, he attended Marist Preparatory High School Seminary in Bedford, Mass., followed by continued studies in Framingham, Mass.; Quebec, Canada; and Washington, D.C.

He was ordained a priest for the Society of Mary (the Marists) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 1962, after which his first assignment brought him back to Maine, serving at St. Bruno Parish in Van Buren. From there, he served at St. Anne in Lawrence, Mass., Our Lady of Pity in Cambridge, Mass., and then as chaplain at Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Father Gagne then returned to his roots, serving at his home parish of St. John the Baptist in Brunswick. That was followed by assignments as director of the Lourdes Center in Boston and at parishes in Massachusetts in Vermont.

He would conclude his active priestly ministry in Maine, as chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital and Central Maine Medical Center, both in Lewiston.

Father Gagne was the last Marist Father residing in the state of Maine.

Visiting Hours: Wednesday, October 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunswick

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, October 28, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, followed by burial in St. John’s Cemetery.

Father Hilary J. Cameron

Please join in praying for the repose of the soul of Father Hilary J. Cameron, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died on Tuesday, October 5, at the age of 87. 

Father Hilary was born to Henry and Mary (Kirlin) Cameron in October 1933 in the town of Houlton Where he attended St. Mary's School and then Houlton High School. After receiving a bachelor's degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, he began a teaching career, first at Presque Isle High School and then at the junior high in Bath, followed by the high school in Edmeston, New York.

It was there that he discerned his vocation to the priesthood, and in 1960, he began philosophical and theological studies at St. Paul's Seminary and University in Ottawa, Ontario.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel J. Feeney on May 16, 1964, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Father Cameron's pastoral assignments included:

1964 - Assistant pastor at St. Dominic Parish in Portland
1964 - Assistant pastor, then temporary administrator at St. Bernard Parish in Rockland
1968 - Assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland
1969 - Temporary administrator of St. Pius X Parish in Portland
1972 - Assistant pastor, then temporary administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Gardiner
1975 – Assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Bangor
1976 – Temporary administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Belfast
1977 – Pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Benedicta
1979 – Pastor of St. Denis Parish in Fort Fairfield
1986 – Pastor of St. Martha Parish in Kennebunkport
1995 – Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Berwick.
2001 – Pastor of St. Michael Parish in South Berwick, in addition to his responsibilities as pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish.

In addition to his parish assignments, Father Cameron was named to the Diocesan Board of Education in 1972.

He retired from active ministry in 2004.

Father Thomas Murphy

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Thomas M. Murphy, pastor of All Saints Parish in Brunswick, who passed away on Monday, September 20, at the age of 68. 

The son of Louis and Phyllis Murphy, Father Murphy was born in Houlton but grew up on Portland’s Munjoy Hill. He attended Cathedral School and then Cheverus High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Maine. He then received a master’s degree in sacred theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Fr. Murphy was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on June 16, 1979, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.  

Following ordination, his first assignment was as associate pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Presque Isle and St. Joseph Parish in Mars Hill. In addition, he served as chaplain at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. In July 1985, Fr. Murphy was appointed director of the Christian Life Center in Upper Frenchville, and in December of that year, he was also named temporary administrator of St. Agatha Parish in St. Agatha.

His first assignment as pastor was from July 1987 to July 1991 at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish in Houlton. He was then appointed director of RENEW, a small group faith-sharing effort intended to bring parishioners from various communities together to provide mutual support. In January 1996, Fr. Murphy was appointed temporary administrator of St. Edmund Parish in Westbrook, and in December of that year, he was named chaplain of St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish. In July 1997, he was appointed pastor at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough. In July 1999, Fr. Murphy was named chaplain at Maine Medical Center and parochial vicar of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, both in Portland. In July 2003, he was named pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Portland. In June 2006, Fr. Murphy was appointed administrator of St. Mary Parish in Wells, and in 2008, in addition to his responsibilities at St. Mary, he became administrator of St. Martha Church in Kennebunk and All Saints Church in Ogunquit, which merged to form Holy Spirit Parish. In 2016, he was named pastor of All Saints Parish in Brunswick, the position he held at the time of his death. 

In addition to his parish duties, Fr. Murphy had also served on the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, the diocesan Liturgical Commission, and as associate director of the diocese's Office of Vocations. 

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his brother James and sister Janice, as well as for the parishioners of All Saints Parish.

Thérèse Blais

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Dame Thérèse Blais who passed away on August 8, 2021, at age 89.

Therese spent much of her life in Portland, where she worked in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and later served as a volunteer at Mercy Hospital.

Known by many in the Diocese of Portland, she was a woman with a kind and generous heart who made firends easily.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 25, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland.

Father Renald D. Labarre

Please join in praying for the repose of the soul of Father Renald "Ron" Labarre who passed away on Wednesday, August 12, at age 87.

Father Labarre was a Biddeford native, born in July 1934, to Edmond and Aurore (Binette) Labarre. He attended St. André School in Biddeford, Our Lady of Lourdes School in Saco, and St. Louis High School in Biddeford before going on to study at St. Francis College in Biddeford. He would then discern his vocation to the preisthood at the Seminary of Philosophy and the Grand Séminaire de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1960, by Bishop Daniel Feeney, after which he served as an assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Brewer, St. Mary Parish in Lewiston, St. Martin of Tours Parish in Millinocket, and Holy Rosary Parish in Caribou. In 1973, he was named temporary administrator of St. Michael Parish in South Paris, and then, in 1974, temporary administrator of St. Philip Parish in Auburn. In 1977, he became pastor of St. Teresa Parish in Brewer, after which he would serve as pastor of St. Philip Parish in Auburn and St. Joseph Parish in Biddeford, to which he was additionally assigned as pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish and St. André Parish in Biddeford. He retired from active ministry in 2007 but would continue to celebrate Mass each summer at St. Brendan the Navigator chapel in Biddeford Pool. He was also known for the informal catechetical sessions he would hold at the Dunkin' Donuts in Biddeford.

In addition to his parish assignments, Father Labarre served as chaplain to three circles of the Daughters of Isaballa and to the Edmund Labarre 4th Degree Knights in Biddeford, named for his father. In the early 1970s, he was named coordinator of adult religious education for the Diocese of Portland and then director of religious education. He also served as moderator for the state Catholic Youth Organization for seven years, and he served on several boards and councils, including the Advisory Board for the Office of Religious Education, the Family Life Advisory Board, the Diocesan Personnel Board, the Diocesen Liturgical Committee, the Diocesan Education Committee, and the Council of Priests.

In 2014, he was inducted into Maine's Franco-American Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Please pray for the response of his soul and for the consolation of family members and friends.

Funeral Servicees:

Thursday, August 19, at 3 p.m.: Reception of the Body at St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddeford. Very Rev. Wilfred Labbe, vicar forane, presiding, followed by a wake until 7 p.m.

Friday, August 20, at 11 a.m.: Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street, Biddeford. Father John Skekan will be the homilist. Visiting will take place prior to the funeral Mass beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford following the funeral Mass.

2021

Therese Blais
Sister Dorothy Bujold, CSJ
Father Hilary J. Cameron
Father Donald S. Gagne, SM
Sister Martha Gleason, OSU
Sister Madeleine Grandmaison, CSJ
Father Joseph Koury
Father Renald Labarre
Sister Jean Little, RSM
SisterThérèse (Aurelie) Michaud. DW
Father Stephen Mulkern
Father Thomas Murphy
Father Constanzo Piselli
Sister Irene Platt, COC
Sister Mary Fatima St. Germain, RSM
Sister Noreen Thome, SSS

2020

Sister Mary Peter Bachand, OSU
Sister Dorina Chasse, SCIM
Father Roger Cyr, OMI
Sister Claire Descoteaux, OP
Sister Rosemary Donohue, SNDden
Sister Michelle Doyon, p.m.
Sister David Mary Duncan, RSM
Sister June Rita Fortier, SCIM
Sister Lucille Gamache, SCIM
Sister Elizabeth Kilbride, RSM
Sister Estelle Leblanc, SCIM
Sister Jeannine Levasseur, CSJ
Father Ernest L'Heureux
Brother André Louis Millette, FIC
Sister Rita Morin, CSJ
Deacon Roger Normand
Sister Rita Ouellette, MIC
Sister Theresa Rand, RSM
Sister Dorothy Sullivan, RSM
Sister Renée Turcotte, OP
Sister Dorothy Violette, SCIM

2019

Bishop Paul Baltakis, OFM
Sister Claudia Barbre, RSM
Msgr. Raymond Begin
Father Ralph Boisvert
Father James Brewer
Beatrice Caron
Father Lionel Chouinard
Sister Mary Gemma Connelly, RSM
Sister Sylvia Genesse, p.m.
Father Seamus Keebler, OSA prim
Sister Fleurette Kennon, RSM
Father Leroy Landry, OMI
Father Rene Lavoie
Sister Claire Lepage, CSJ
Sister Laurette Levasseur, CSJ
Father Rudolph Leveille
Sister Elizabeth Madden, SSS
Father Armand Neault
Sister Marita Pelletier, SCIM
Sister Elizabeth Platt, COC
Father Bertrand Poussard
Sister Mary Denis Schwartz, RSM
Brother Marcel Sylvestre

2018

 
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