OBITUARY

Rev. Lionel Chouinard

October 24, 1939February 23, 2019
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Lewiston- Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Lionel Gerard Chouinard, 79, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who was called to his eternal reward by the Lord on Saturday morning, February 23, 2019. Fr. Chouinard was born in Lewiston on October 24, 1939 to Alcide and Gratienne (Ouellette) Chouinard. His formal education began at St. Mary’s School in Lewiston; he then attended high school and college seminary at St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec. He studied philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary (Paca St.) and theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University (Roland Park), Baltimore. Upon completion of his seminary formation, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1965 by the Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, the Eighth Bishop of Portland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. During his 52 years of active, full-time ministry, Fr. Chouinard served in the following assignments: Parochial Vicar/Assistant Pastor St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island (Summer 1965), St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madawaska (1965-1968),Holy Cross Parish, Lewiston (1968-1976),Part-time Chaplain at St. Dominic High School (1973-1976),Temporary Administrator at St. Dominic High School (1974-1976). Pastor: Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Machias (1976-1982), St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, Mexico (1982-1990),St. Augustine Parish, Augusta (1990-2000),Holy Trinity Parish, Lisbon Falls (2000-2017), Administrator-Holy Family Parish (2006-2007),Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Sabattus & St. Francis, Greene (2008-2017). Although he reached retirement age in 2009, he continued to serve as Administrator of the parish communities in Lisbon Falls, Sabattus and Greene until May 1, 2017.

Father Chouinard also offered faithful services to his diocese, fellow priests, and the lay parishioners in the following capacities: Knights of Columbus: Chaplain: Council #2638, Madawaska; Fr. AJ Barry Assembly, 4th Degree, Rumford; Fr. John E. Bellefontaine Council #8918, Hallowell; Rev. Napoleon P Cournoyer Council #2358, Lisbon Falls, Faithful Friar: Fr. Michael J McGivney Assembly #2296. Knights of Columbus State Friar: State Council 4th Degree Staff. Daughters of Isabella: Chaplain: St. Timothy Circle #504, Rumford; St. Agnes Circle #713, Augusta, State Chaplain; State Circle (2006-2015; Reappointed 2015-2017), Ordinary Confessor, Sister of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (1968), Chaplain: Human Relations Services, District II (1975), Member of the Priests’ Senate/Priests’ Council (Presbyteral Council) (1976; re-elected 1981), Member of the Board/College of Consultors (1979-1984, 1984-1989, 1989-1994), CYO Deanery III, Moderator (1978),Vicar Forane (Dean): Oxford & Franklin Counties (1985-1988: reappointed 1988-1991); Deanery VII – Androscoggin County (2005-2010), St. Dominic Regional High School Board (2006-2009), St. Peter’s Cemetery Board (2009-2010)

While he will be remembered by most as a dedicated, loving and faithful Priest and servant to the church, he will be remembered most for his spirit, sense of humor (both reverent and irreverent), laugh, smile, love of life, sense of adventure, and curiosity. He will also be remembered for his love of his friends and family.

Father Chouinard is survived by his sister Marthe Bissonnette, nieces Anne Bissonnette Pelkey and Nicole Bissonnette, nephews Tim Dumais, David Bissonnette, Jeff Bissonnette, Chris Dumais and Eric Dumais and brother-in-law Louis Dumais. He was predeceased by his parents Alcide and Gratienne Chouinard, his sister Therese Dumais, and brother-in-law Donald Bissonnette.

Reception of the Body: 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Ave., Lisbon Falls. Visitation will follow until 5:00 PM (immediately following Reception of the Body) and then from 6:00-8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 AM on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Holy Cross Church of Prince of Peace Parish, 1080 Lisbon Street, Lewiston (visitation will take place from 10:00-10:45 AM at Holy Cross Church). Committal: Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston. Those wishing to make memorial donations in his memory may do so to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to his life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral home, Cremation & Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston, 784-4584.

  • FAMILY

  • Father Chouinard is survived by his sister Marthe Bissonnette, nieces Anne Bissonnette Pelkey and Nicole Bissonnette, nephews Tim Dumais, David Bissonnette, Jeff Bissonnette, Chris Dumais and Eric Dumais and brother-in-law Louis Dumais. He was predeceased by his parents Alcide and Gratienne Chouinard, his sister Therese Dumais, and brother-in-law Donald Bissonnette.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2019
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, March 1, 2019
REMEMBERING

Rev. Lionel Chouinard

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France Chouinard

February 28, 2019

J'offre mes sympathies à toute la famille. C'est avec tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de mon cousin des Etats. J'ai toujours eu beaucoup de plaisirs à le rencontrer, il avait le même sens de l'humour que mon père. Je penses à vous.

Kevin Isert

February 27, 2019

Lionel was a classmate of mine at St. Marys. We also became friends. In 1964, Lionel, Joe Gotwalt, Vince McEvoy and I traveled the USA in my 1959 Chevy station way. We were deacons at the time. We camped out, stayed in Church basements and cooked many a meal on a portable grill. But the most amazing thing about our time together was we remained friends. I still have some of fond memories of that time together. We may have never traveled together again, but our bond remained strong as a "band of brothers". My prayers and condolences to the family... Kevin

Roger Bouffard

February 27, 2019

Martha and family,

Our condolences to you and your family. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with Fr. Chouinard comforrt you and your family, today and always. Thank You for your ministry Fr.
Rest in Peace

Roger M. & Yvonne F. Bouffard

Marie DiSciullo-Naples

February 27, 2019

Deepest sympathies to Fr. Lionel’s sister and family. He was such a beautiful person and wonderful pastor and dear friend. We enjoyed visiting with Fr any chance we could work it out to share a meal or attend Mass wherever he was assigned at the time . The ministry he shared at Holy Trinity parish was such a gift and joy to witness. We enjoyed the parish community masses especially Holy Thursday services and the wonderful celebration of his ordination some years back to the very packed room in the church hall. The great feast and the many stories shared revealed the blessing Fr has been to so many in his years of priestly ministry. We all know if he could have continued to do the Lord’s work he would have ! I personally appreciated his warm welcome always, his friendship over the years and his spiritual guidance especially in a time of serious need along with his gentle faith- filled wisdom, as well as his very French giggle! Fr.Lionel you are missed thank you for being a great servant of Jesus to so many! Rest in the joy and love of Jesus always! Please intercede for us !

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Biography

Lewiston- Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Lionel Gerard Chouinard, 79, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who was called to his eternal reward by the Lord on Saturday morning, February 23, 2019. Fr. Chouinard was born in Lewiston on October 24, 1939 to Alcide and Gratienne (Ouellette) Chouinard. His formal education began at St. Mary’s School in Lewiston; he then attended high school and college seminary at St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec. He studied philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary (Paca St.) and theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University (Roland Park), Baltimore. Upon completion of his seminary formation, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1965 by the Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, the Eighth Bishop of Portland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. During his 52 years of active, full-time ministry, Fr. Chouinard served in the following assignments: Parochial Vicar/Assistant Pastor St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island (Summer 1965), St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Madawaska (1965-1968),Holy Cross Parish, Lewiston (1968-1976),Part-time Chaplain at St. Dominic High School (1973-1976),Temporary Administrator at St. Dominic High School (1974-1976). Pastor: Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Machias (1976-1982), St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, Mexico (1982-1990),St. Augustine Parish, Augusta (1990-2000),Holy Trinity Parish, Lisbon Falls (2000-2017), Administrator-Holy Family Parish (2006-2007),Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Sabattus & St. Francis, Greene (2008-2017). Although he reached retirement age in 2009, he continued to serve as Administrator of the parish communities in Lisbon Falls, Sabattus and Greene until May 1, 2017.

Father Chouinard also offered faithful services to his diocese, fellow priests, and the lay parishioners in the following capacities: Knights of Columbus: Chaplain: Council #2638, Madawaska; Fr. AJ Barry Assembly, 4th Degree, Rumford; Fr. John E. Bellefontaine Council #8918, Hallowell; Rev. Napoleon P Cournoyer Council #2358, Lisbon Falls, Faithful Friar: Fr. Michael J McGivney Assembly #2296. Knights of Columbus State Friar: State Council 4th Degree Staff. Daughters of Isabella: Chaplain: St. Timothy Circle #504, Rumford; St. Agnes Circle #713, Augusta, State Chaplain; State Circle (2006-2015; Reappointed 2015-2017), Ordinary Confessor, Sister of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (1968), Chaplain: Human Relations Services, District II (1975), Member of the Priests’ Senate/Priests’ Council (Presbyteral Council) (1976; re-elected 1981), Member of the Board/College of Consultors (1979-1984, 1984-1989, 1989-1994), CYO Deanery III, Moderator (1978),Vicar Forane (Dean): Oxford & Franklin Counties (1985-1988: reappointed 1988-1991); Deanery VII – Androscoggin County (2005-2010), St. Dominic Regional High School Board (2006-2009), St. Peter’s Cemetery Board (2009-2010)

While he will be remembered by most as a dedicated, loving and faithful Priest and servant to the church, he will be remembered most for his spirit, sense of humor (both reverent and irreverent), laugh, smile, love of life, sense of adventure, and curiosity. He will also be remembered for his love of his friends and family.

Father Chouinard is survived by his sister Marthe Bissonnette, nieces Anne Bissonnette Pelkey and Nicole Bissonnette, nephews Tim Dumais, David Bissonnette, Jeff Bissonnette, Chris Dumais and Eric Dumais and brother-in-law Louis Dumais. He was predeceased by his parents Alcide and Gratienne Chouinard, his sister Therese Dumais, and brother-in-law Donald Bissonnette.


Reception of the Body: 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church, 67 Frost Hill Ave., Lisbon Falls. Visitation will follow until 5:00 PM (immediately following Reception of the Body) and then from 6:00-8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 AM on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Holy Cross Church of Prince of Peace Parish, 1080 Lisbon Street, Lewiston (visitation will take place from 10:00-10:45 AM at Holy Cross Church). Committal: Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston. Those wishing to make memorial donations in his memory may do so to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to his life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral home, Cremation & Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston, 784-4584.