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.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
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.
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.
Father Joseph J. Koury
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Joseph J. Koury, JCD, who died Sunday, June 27, 2021, at age 76.
Father Koury was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in 1945, to Marian Yousef Khoury and Elias J. Koury, both originally from Syria.
He became a member of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1977.
With a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., Father Koury taught canon law courses at both the Weston School of Theology and Boston College.
During this time, he also earned his doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Father Koury began serving as a judge in the Diocese of Portland’s Tribunal in 1983, work he performed for three decades along with his other responsibilities.
In 1992, he began serving as campus minister at St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, and in 1994, he was incardinated by the Diocese of Portland.
One year later, Father Koury was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Orono, becoming coordinator of campus ministry at the University of Maine at Orono at the same time. In 1997, he added pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Orono to his responsibilities.
In 2005, Father Koury was appointed administrator of St. Franics of Assisi Parish in Belfast, where he served until being named administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Windham and St. Joseph Parish in Bridgton in 2008. One year later, he also became administrator of St. Anne Parish in Gorham and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Westbrook.
He retired from active parish ministry in 2015.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Koury will be celebrated Monday, July 19, at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail in Windham. Bishop Robert Deeley will be the celebrant. Fr. James Donlon of the Diocese of Albany will be the homilist. There will not be a wake. Burial will take place in the family plot in Rhode Island.
Sister Mary Fatima St. Germain RSM
Prayers are requested for the soul of Sr. Mary Fatima St. Germain, RSM, who passed into eternal life on Saturday May 22, 2021, at the youthful age of 93.
She was born in Eagle Lake in 1928, the daughter of Joseph and Marceline St. Germain, and graduated from Sherman Station High School in 1945. She then enrolled in the Madigan Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, and after earning her RN in nursing, entered the Sisters of Mercy.
Sister Mary Fatima devoted herself to her chosen profession in the field of healthcare working at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Madigan Memorial Hospital in Houlton, and Eagle Lake Nursing Home. Her last ministry before retirement was as assistant librarian at Mercy Hospital. During her years of ministry, she served as a nurse, a clinical instructor, director of nursing and an administrator. She was a quiet, gentle person who instilled confidence and trust in those to whom she ministered and those she ministered with.
In your prayers, remember the loved ones she leaves behind, her natural family, her religious family and her friends.
Wake: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Conroy Tully Walker Funeral Home, 1024 Broadway in South Portland
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish, 492 Ocean Ave. in Portland. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Sister Madeleine Grandmaison, CSJ
Please pray for the response of the soul of Sr. Madeleine Grandmaison, a member of the Sisters of St Joseph of Lyon, who died peacefully and quietly at Mt. St. Joseph on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, just shy of reaching 89 years old.
Sister Madeleine was a teacher, an LPN, a missionary, and a pastoral leader, as well as an organizer of activities for senior citizens. She accomplished all these ministries and careers in a quiet peaceful way. She was a prayerful person of few (if any) words.
Sister Madeleine taught at St. Joseph’s Day Care in Auburn. St. Anthony School in Jackman, St. Rose of Lima School in Jay, St. John the Baptist School in Winslow, and Sacred Heart School in Auburn. She also served in Benin, West Africa, and after returning to Maine, she became administrator of St. Joseph’s Provincialate in Winslow. She then became a certified nursing assistant and later an LPN, working at hospitals and at long-term senior housing facilities. Later, she worked for Home Resources of Maine as PCA/Homemaker in the Lewiston-Auburn area. In Lisbon, where she lived for two years, she served as chaplain of the Lisbon Senior Citizens.
Sister Madeleine died the way she lived, quietly and peacefully following a brief illness.
Wake and Funeral: Viewing of the body will begin on Wednesday, May 26, at 9:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver St, Waterville with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston immediately after the funeral Mass.
Father Constanzo (Chris) Piselli
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Constanzo (Chris) Piselli, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died Saturday, April 10, at age 83.
Born in Waltham, Mass., in 1927, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Peter Gerety on February 12, 1969, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
During his many years of active ministry, Father Piselli served at parishes across the diocese including the cathedral, St. Pius X in Portland, Most Holy Trinity in Saco, St. John in Bangor, Sacred Heart in Auburn, Sacred Heart in Yarmouth, St. Joseph in Gardiner, St. Mary in Bath, St. Francis de Sales in Waterville, Sacred Heart in North Caribou, St. Bridget in North Vassalboro, St. Francis Xavier in Brownville Junction, including St. Paul Church in Milo, St. Christopher in Peaks Island, St. Francis of Assisi in Belfast, Holy Spirit in Waterville, St. John the Baptist in Winslow, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Fairfield, and St. Theresa in Oakland. Father Piselli retired from active ministry in 2007.
Reception of the Body, Wednesday, April 21, 5 p.m. at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville. The wake will continue until 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 116 Silver Street in Waterville
Sr. Noreen Thome, SSS
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Noreen Thome, also known as Sister Mary Angela, of the Blessed Sacrament Sisters, who died peacefully on April 7, 2021. Sister Noreen was 86 years old. She entered the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1953 and made profession on May 24, 1956. She served the community in Pueblo CO, and Waterville, ME. Sister Noreen suffered her entire life from a number of medical issues starting at birth with a defective eye problem. Her patient endurance of her many illness was an inspiration to her sisters in community, one referring to her as the saint of the community.
Her funeral will be private at this time with a memorial Mass at a later date.
Sr. Thérèse (Aurelie) Michaud, DW
Sr. Thérèse (Aurelie) Michaud was called to her eternal reward on February 12, 2021, at the age of 99, 81 of them spent in religious life. She professed her first vows with the Daughters of Wisdom in 1940 and spent decades caring for those most in need.
Sister Aurelie’s first ministry was teaching children with developmental disabilities in Port Jefferson, New York, but she left teaching, feeling called instead to nursing. As a nurse, she treated children with polio during the 1950s epidemic, even though she knew the risks because her own brother had died of the disease. She also worked at a health clinic in rural Appalachia, West Virginia. And in the 1980s, when little was known about the disease, she cared for those suffering from HIV and AIDS. In addition to New York and West Virginia, she also served in Connecticut and Maine.
At the time of her passing, Sister Aurelie was recognized as the doyenne of the American Province of the Daughters of Wisdom, its most senior member. She was also honored in 2020 as the town of St. Agatha’s oldest resident. The town declared February 2, 2020, as “Sister Therese Michaud, DW, Aurelie Day.”
Please pray for the response of her soul and for the consolation of her religious and natural families, and her many friends. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Father Stephen Mulkern
Please pray for the soul of Fr. Stephen Mulkern, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died on February 11, 2021, at age 96. At the time of his passing, Father Mulkern was the senior priest of the diocese.
A native of Portland, he was ordained 71 years ago on June 11, 1949. Through his many years of priestly ministry, he served at parishes around the state including Sacred Heart in Portland, St. Mary in Bangor, St. Joseph in Gardiner, St. Mary of the Assumption in Augusta, St. Dominic in Portland, St. Francis Xavier in Winthrop, Holy Cross in South Portland, Sacred Heart in Lubec, St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover-Foxcroft, St. Martha in Kennebunk, and St. Patrick in Newcastle, his final pastoral assignment before retiring from active ministry in 1994.
Father Mulkern also served at St. Joseph Convent in Portland, and from 1957-1962, he served as assistant director of Diocesan Radio and TV Activities.
His funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 23, at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral chapel. The reception of the body will be on Monday, February 22 in the chapel, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sister Martha, Gleason, OSU
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Martha Gleason, OSU, who died on February 1, 2021, at the age of 84. Sister Martha, also known in religious life as Veronica, was born in Boston, Mass. the seventh child of Mary and Clarence Gleason.
She entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1955, taking her final vows in Springfield, Mass., in 1963. A Classics major, Sister Martha taught school in Springfield, in New York City, and in Dedham, Mass. She was a consummate educator, spending hours with her students. Sister Martha also served in the Diocese of Portland as the executive director of the Advisory Council of Women Religious from 1977 to 1981, and she served as provincial of the Northeast Province..
Sister Dorothy Bujold, CSJ
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Dorothy Bujold, CSJ, who died Friday, January 15, 2021, at the age of 94.
Sister Dorothy was born on February 11, 1926, in Waterville, the daughter of Leonard and Evelyne Bujold. She joined the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon in 1946 and became a teacher at the South Berwick Academy boarding school for girls and then a teacher and principal at Holy Family School in Lewiston.
Sister Dorothy went on to serve in leadership positions. She went to France to serve as the assistant general of her international religious community. From there, she went to work at the International Union of Superior Generals in Rome, where she served as the secretary-general. Returning to Maine, she accepted a position with the Diocese of Portland serving in the Office for Religious.
When she was in her early 60s, Sister Dorothy moved to Senegal and the Ivory Coast in West Africa as a missionary assisting those most in need, work that she loved. Returning to Maine in 2002, at the age of 76, she moved to Bingham to be the religious presence in that rural community. Her final years were spent in Waterville/Winslow the heart of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Maine.
Please remember in your prayers her religious sisters and her natural family, including Sister Rita Bujold, CSJ, her younger sister.
May Sister Dorothy’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Father Ernest L'Heureux
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Ernest L. L’Heureux who died on Saturday, November 23, 2020, at age 91. Father L’Heureux was a Sanford native, where he graduated from St. Ignatius High School. Following seminary studies at Grand Seminary of St. Sulpice in Montreal, he was ordained a priest in 1962 at St. Joseph Church in Biddeford.
Father L’Heuruex’s parish assignments included the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, St. Peter in East Millinocket, Notre Dame in Waterville, St. John the Baptist in Winslow, St. Mark in Ashland, St. Joseph in Bridgton, and St. Anne in Gorham, from which he retired from active ministry in 2000. He then continued to assist in the Sanford area for another 15 years until his health no longer allowed.
During his nearly 40 years of active ministry, he also served as chaplain to the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec and as a hospital chaplain at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Bishop Robert Deeley celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, December 1, at Holy Family Church in Sanford.
Sister Rosemary Donohue, SNDden
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Rosemary Donohue, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who died peacefully on September 21, 2020, at the age of 78. She had just recently celebrated her 60th year of religious profession.
Sister Rosemary served as the superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools for 21 years, beginning in 1993. Before that, she taught at schools in New York and Maryland, and then became principal of a school in her home state of Pennsylvania. She then served as coordinator for curriculum and testing for the Archdiocese of Miami.
While serving in the Diocese of Portland, Sister Rosemary oversaw the construction of the new St. Dominic High School in Auburn. She also served as the chair of the New England Chief Administrators of Catholic Education and as an executive committee member for the National Catholic Education Association.
After leaving the Diocese of Portland, she served as the supervisor of the Teachers-in-Training Program at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.
Please pray for the consolation of her religious family, her natural family, and her many friends. Funeral services will be private.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
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
Bishop Paul Baltakis, OFM
Sister Claudia Barbre, RSM
Msgr. Raymond Begin
Father Ralph Boisvert
Father James Brewer
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
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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
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
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
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
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