Father Henry C. Vavasseur, 85, retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died 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 America in Washington, D.C.  

He was ordained a priest in June 1958. His pastoral assignments included Holy Family Church in Port Allen; St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary; Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge; St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part; St. Joseph Church in Grosse Tete; and, St. Pius X Church in Baton Rouge. He was also parochial vicar at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lakeland; Sts. Anthony of Padua and Le Van Phung Church in Baton Rouge; and, St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge. He was also the director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for three years while he was assistant superintendent in the Catholic Schools Office.  

His last assignment was pastor at Holy Family. He was there from 1995 until his retirement in June 2009.   

Vavasseur, Henry-08.jpg

Father Henry C. Vavasseur


Bishop Michael G. Duca celebrated a funeral Mass at Holy Family Church in Port Allen on Oct. 31. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery in Baton Rouge.