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Sister Maria dies

Posted July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

Sister Maria Rabalais CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 77 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday, June 22 at the age of 94. 

Sister Maria, born in Simmesport, one of nine children of the late Blanche Guilbeau and Joseph Rabalais, was baptized Catherine Anne. Her brother Harold (Yvonne) lives in Houston. She was predeceased by four brothers James, Durwood, Anthony and Sims and three sisters Anelia Rabalais Gros, Mae Rabalais and Wilma Rabalais McLaughlin. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Sister Maria graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1942, professing perpetual vows in 1948. She attended Loyola University in New

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    New Roads native Sister Bertrand Lieux dies

    Sister Bertrand Lieux CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 72 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas, on Tuesday, April 9 at the age of 88. Sister Bertrand was born in New Roads, one of 11 children of the late Joseph Bertrand Lieux Sr. and Frances Azema Lorio Lieux. Baptized Rita Ann, Sister Bertrand is survived by siblings Magda Lieux Bonnette and Ralph Lorio Lieux (Ellen) and four sisters-in-law: Meredith Lieux, Laverne Lieux, Shirley Lieux and M. Alice Lieux. 

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    Sister Benedicta dies

    Sister Benedicta Berger SCSC, age 97, of Merrill, Wisconsin, died March 31 at Bell Tower Residence Assisted Living and Ministry Hospice. Sister Benedicta (Harriet Louise) was born Dec. 24, 1921, to Frederick and Clara (Wolf) Berger in Columbus, Ohio. 

    She entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill on Nov. 19, 1947, and celebrated her first profession on July 2, 1949. She was in her 70th year of ministry at the time of her death. Sister received her early education in St.

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    Father Mascarella remembered

    From staff reports

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Blind and fiercely committed to his priesthood, Father Patrick J. Mascarella had more than a heightened sense of touch that helped him orientate himself in his physical surroundings, he knew how to touch other’s lives by offering Christ’s healing in their brokenness.  


    Father Mascarella poses for a portrait with his service dog Pace. 


    Father Mascarella passed away late Wednesday, Jan. 23

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    Father LeDoux dies

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator   

    Father Jerome LeDoux SVD, former columnist for The Catholic Commentator and who previously served as pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge, died Jan. 7 in Lafayette following heart surgery. Father LeDoux was 88.  

    Father Jerome LeDoux SVD, is shown after speaking at the Louisiana Catholic Conference in 1990. Photo provided by the Archives Department | Diocese of Baton Rouge


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    Sister Mildred dies

    Sister Mildred Guillot (formerly Sister Francis of Assisi) CSJ died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center on Nov. 22 at age 92. 

    She was born in Natchitoches on October 17, 1926 to the late Leo and Norma Hill Guillot. She is survived by her sisters Betsy G. Roark and Mary Lee Guillot; her nephew Frank Roark of Orlando, Florida; and her nieces Rebecca Wall of Daytona, Holly Gordon of Orlando and Erin Rinker of Coco Beach, Florida.

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    Father Henry C. Vavasseur dies

    Father Henry C. Vavasseur, 85, retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Thursday, Oct. 26 at Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. Father Vavasseur was born in Port Allen and attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge; St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict; Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans; and, Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C.  

    He was ordained a priest in June 1958. His pastoral assignments included Holy Family

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    Sister St. Pierre dies in Kansas

    Sister Therese St. Pierre CJS died Feb. 11 at the age of 84 at the Wichita Center of the Adorers of the Precious Blood in Wichita, Kansas.

    Sister Therese was born in Lucy, Louisiana to the late Albin J. and Leila Hymel St. Pierre and was educated in public schools in St. John the Baptist Civil Parish.

    She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1948. She professed first vows

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    Cuomo, politician with complicated relationship with church, dies

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – While many tributes to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo reference the impact of his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, for many Catholics, it was a different speech the same year that defined his political legacy.

    Cuomo, who died Jan. 1 at age 82, served three terms as governor and was sought after as a possible candidate for president, though he never took the plunge.

    Those two 1984 speeches may well have helped define both why

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