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Obituaries

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 June Rita Fortier, SCIM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister June Rita Fortier, SCIM< who died at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford on September 16, 2020. She was 90 years old.

On September 5, 1955, June Rita entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec).  After her initial training, she spent a year at the Mother House in Quebec City helping to provide care for sisters in the infirmary.

In 1969, Sister June Rita studied to become a licensed practical nurse. She used her nursing skills to care for the sisters and elderly women at St. Ann Home in Methuen, MA, St. André Home in Biddeford, and Bay View in Saco until 1987.  Sr. June Rita then left the nursing field to begin her long second career as a parish visitor for St. Joseph Parish in Biddeford. She reached out to all in need, providing emotional support, comfort, counseling, and serving as a community resource for individuals and families who turned to her in need.

In 2003, she was recognized by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging as a “Friend of the Elderly” for her contributions to the Biddeford community and its residents.  In June 2006, Sr. June Rita retired to St. Joseph Convent where she continued helping others through her telephone ministry.

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

Sister Dorothy Sullivan, RSM

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Sr. Dorothy Sullivan, a Sister of Mercy of the Americas who was called home by her maker on September 11, 2020. She was 85 years old, 66 of which were spent in community.

Sr. Dorothy, also known as Sister M. Vincent Ferrer, entered the Sisters of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland in 1954. She became an educator par excellence, serving at St. Mary School in Houlton, St. Patrick School, Sacred Heart School, St. Joseph School, and St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland, St. Rose School in Rumford, Holy Cross School in South Portland, and St. Mary School in Augusta.  She served as both a teacher and a principal for middle and junior high grades and also was the assistant principal at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland for 12 years and was known for her enjoyment of the girls' basketball games. Her philosophy was that education should be fun, as well as being academically strong in an orderly atmosphere.  The words of her motto, “To put on Christ” was evident in the various schools at which she ministered.

She was known for her great sense of human and for her quick wit and jokes.

Please pray for the consolation of her Sisters in Community and her beloved family and friends. May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen

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Sister Renée Turcotte, OP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Renée Turcotte, OP, who died September 1, 2020, at age 86. Sister Renée was a native of Auburn, the daughter of John and Mathilda (Lafrance) Turcotte.  After graduating from St. Dominic High School in 1952, she joined the Dominican Sisters, making her first religious profession in 1954.

Sr. Renée spent years as an educator, serving at St. Dominic’s Institute in Brookline, MA, Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sabattus, St. Rita’s School in Staten Island, NY, St. Peter School in Lewiston, and at schools in Phoenix, AZ and Gallup, NM. She then became a librarian at St. Peter School and later at Regina High School in Iowa City, Iowa.

Sister Renée also studied in Rome and spent one year in Casablanca, Morocco. In 1985, she began a second career as a parish pastoral associate, first serving at parishes in Texas, New Mexico, and Montana, and then at St. Charles Borromeo in Brunswick.  In 1999, she returned to the Lewiston area where she served at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul as a sacristan, lector, extraordinary minister of holy Communion and member of the French choir. She had a great love and devotion to the Eucharist which she shared with those she encountered, including the sick and homebound.

Sister has now found peace in the arms of the Lord she faithfully served for many years.  Please pray for the consolation of her natural and religious families and the friends she leaves behind.  May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Brother André Louis Millette, FIC

Please remember in your prayers Brother André Louis Millette, a Brother of Christian Instruction, who died peacefully on Saturday, August 22, at age 94.  A Biddeford native, Brother André was the son of Edmund and Alice (Menard) Millette, the third of 10 children. At age 13, he became a student of the Brothers on Christian Instruction in Alfred, where he entered the novitiate in August 1941. He professed his perpetual vows in 1947.

Brother André spent his career in education, serving in Fall River, Mass., at St. Ignatius School in Sanford and St. Louis School in Biddeford, and in Detroit, Michigan.  His special love was the Franco-American Youth Association. 

In his later years, he loved to work in the brothers’ workshop restoring furniture and other items.  

Brother André was the recipient of many honors including the Fall River Diocesan Marian Medal, Fall River’s Franco-American Man of the Year recognition, an award from the Jesuits Education Association, and two Connolly H.S. yearbook dedications (’76 and ’84).

He is survived by a younger brother John and his wife Barbara of Houston, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Please pray for them and for the members of his international religious family, the Brothers of Christian Instruction.

Due to the pandemic, the wake with restricted viewing will take place on August 25, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Brothers’ Notre Dame Chapel in Alfred. The funeral Mass and burial will be private.

This most beloved and admired gentle religious will be sincerely missed. May his soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Sister Dorina Chasse, SCIM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Dorina Chasse, SCIM, who passed away on August 14, 2020, at the age of 92.

A native of Madawaska, Sister Dorina, formerly known as Sister St. Julie-des-Anges, was the oldest of nine children born to Eddie and Artheline Lausier Chasse.

She entered the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, on August 25, 1946, in Biddeford.  After earning a degree from St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Sister Dorina spent her life working in education, teaching in Biddeford and Connor, Maine, and then in South Africa, where she lived and served for 34 years, fulfilling her dream of being a missionary.

In 1995, she received an honorary doctoral degree from Grinnell College in Iowa in recognition of her many years educating African women and girls.

After she returned from South Africa, she provided many services to members of her community. She frequently attended interreligious events, special Masses, and other celebrations.  She was a quiet, peaceful, supportive presence.

Sister Dorina will be laid to rest on Wednesday, August 19, at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date, She is survived by three sisters and two brothers.  Please pray for them and the sisters in her community.

Sister Elizabeth Kilbride, RSM

Sister Elizabeth Kilbride, R.S.M., (Sister Mary Alacoque), age 96, died peacefully at Frances Warde Convent on August 11, 2020.  Sister Elizabeth was the daughter of Ernest E. and Margaret Mary McGuiness Kilbride.

After graduating from Cathedral High School, she attended St. Joseph’s College, then located on Walton Street in Portland.  In 1946, she entered the Sisters of Mercy to begin religious studies while earning a B.A. in French.  She then pursued a M.A. in Latin from Boston College as well as Greek studies at Regis College, Weston, MA and at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  She also took advanced studies in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire and took courses in guidance and library science at the University of Maine at Orono.  

Sister Elizabeth taught primarily in high school and college, concentrating in foreign languages.  She taught at St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland and then served at Cathedral High School as a teacher and principal.  That was followed by John Bapst High School in Bangor, St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, and Bangor High School, where she taught for 18 years. Her many accolades include being honored as the Maine Classicist of the Year in 1980.

Upon her retirement, she worked in the library at St. Joseph’s College and volunteered as a student advisor. In 2010, Sister Elizabeth began volunteering as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at Mercy Hospital and was in prayer ministry.

Affectionately known as Sister Betty to many, she especially cared for those in need.  An example of this was when on campus, she could be seen collecting cans and bottles, using the money for a girl in her residence who didn’t have gas money to go home. 

She showed her love, loyalty, and faithfulness to her many friends, family, and community.  This was especially true of her beloved sister, Sister Patricia, with whom she shared so many community and family events until her death six years ago. 

Because of COVID-19, Sister Elizabeth’s family gathered outside her window as she was dying and sang her favorite hymns and songs, just like they did at family gatherings.  She always loved this, and it was their gift to her in return for all she had given them. 

Sister Elizabeth is survived by her sister-in-law and friend, Patricia Kilbride; her many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and their families; several close friends and her sisters in community.

Please pray for the repose of her soul and the consolation of her family and friends.

Visiting hours will be from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 15  with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Walker Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland.  Burial will take place on Monday, August 17, at 9:30 a.m. at New Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.

Sister Theresa Rand, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Theresa Rand, RSM, age 73, who died May 30 after a long illness. Sister Theresa was born in Portland on June 14, 1946, the 12th of 13 children born to Roy and Elizabeth (O’Brion) Rand.

She was brought up in a devout Catholic family in the Munjoy Hill section of Portland. She attended Cathedral Elementary and High School, graduating in 1964. Sister Theresa entered the Sisters of Mercy that same year and was welcomed to the religious community by her aunt, Sister Mary Rose O’Brion, RSM. She began her religious studies as well as attending St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish where she received a B.S. in education. She then earned her M.S. in education from Boston College.

Sister Theresa’s love of children contributed to her dedication as an educator. Her career in education spanned decades.  She taught at St. Joseph School in Lewiston, Public School in Benedicta, St. Mary’s School in Houlton, and Indian Island School in Old Town. She served as principal at St. Joseph and Cathedral School in Portland and then at Holy Cross School in South Portland.  She was known as a strong advocate for children and families, always striving to ensure everyone had access to a Catholic education.

Sister Theresa also ministered at St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Center in Portland and was director of religious education at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Augusta.  She also served on several diocesan boards and committees and on committees for her religious community.

Sister Theresa is survived by her brothers, Richard, Robert and Thomas Rand, and her sisters, Elizabeth Cyr and Judith Comeau, along with many nieces and nephews and other beloved family members.

Please keep Sister Theresa, her family, and members of her religious community in your prayers.

2021

Sister Dorothy Bujold, CSJ

2020

Sister Mary Peter Bachand, OSU
Sister Dorina Chasse, SCIM
Father Roger Cyr, OMI
Sister Claire Descoteaux, OP
Sister Michelle Doyon, p.m.
Sister David Mary Duncan, RSM
Sister Lucille Gamache, SCIM
Sister Elizabeth Kilbride, RSM
Sister Estelle Leblanc, SCIM
Sister Jeannine Levasseur, CSJ
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

 
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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

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