Diocese Newsletter - May 26th, 2020

From the Bishop's Office


Message from Bishop Jodoin at Father Wilfred Benoît's Funeral
It was with sadness that I learned last Friday of the death of our senior priest, Father Wilfred Benoît. Since my arrival in the Diocese of Bathurst, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with him on several occasions. Each time, I felt myself in the presence of a man of natural kindness, deep serenity and great inner peace. Despite his weakness and fragility, he always smiled at us when he saw us coming. I will keep fond memories of this servant of our diocesan Church. I would have ardently wished to be present and preside over his funeral service, however, during this time of pandemic, other obligations oblige me to be united with you remotely through other means on this Friday afternoon.  
On behalf of the faithful of the Diocese of Bathurst, his fellow priests, as well as on my own behalf, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and the loved ones for the death of one of their loved ones. May our Lord take good care of him who has always served him on this earth with love and fidelity.
+ Daniel Jodoin, Bishop of Bathurst

News of our priests
Father Wilfred Benoit passed away last Friday, May 22, 2020 at the age of 97. Here is Father Benoit's life path: Ordained a priest in 1957, he remained in the service of the Diocese of Bathurst for 48 years. From 1960 to 1964 he was a Vicar in several parishes; from 1964 to 1992 he was Pastor; from 1993 to 1999 he was Administrator and from 2001 to 2005 he was at the service of two parishes. During all those years, he accepted numerous mandates within the Diocese. On September 1, 2005, he his well-deserved retirement, but continued all the while to serve in the Restigouche area as a replacement priest. His funeral will be held in private, next Friday, May 29, with members of his family.

News of our religious orders
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In our parishes... on our bulletins
As we did at Easter, the bells of our churches will ring for 5 to 10 minutes at 12 noon on Sunday, May 31st, Feast of the Pentecost.