OBITUARY

Fr. Bernard Champagne

January 1, 1933April 14, 2021
Obituary of Fr. Bernard Champagne
Father Bernard Robert Paul Champagne was born New Years Day, 1933 in Haverhill, MA where he attended Saint James Grammar and High School. At age 19 he entered Saint Joseph’s Trappist Abbey in Spencer, MA staying until 1959. He was furloughed from the Abbey briefly to serve as a Chaplain at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX with Honorable Discharge. In 1959 he transferred to the Benedictines in Weston Priory, VT. In 1965 he departed to live in his own small Monastic style Brotherhoods. Remaining a Monastic Brother for 39 years he switched to Parish duty in 1991 when Ordained Priest by Bishop Robert Mckenna. Serving as travelling Priest for the Bishop, Father logged thousands of air miles offering the Latin Mass for the growing Traditional movement, mostly in Texas and Louisiana. The 2000’s saw Father helping to establish Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Orange, CT which offers the Latin Mass. Father Bernard had devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows from a young age. Saint Dominic Savio and Saint Therese of Liseux were also special to him. As a Priest, Father emphasized continual spiritual reading, mental prayer, frequent attendance at Mass and reception of Holy Communion. They provide spiritual strength to overcome our weaknesses and cope with life’s difficulties. Father believed being joyful is a mandate for Catholics, as they possess the greatest of treasures. Father Bernard shared a very unique sense of humor. Requiem Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 7th at 10:00am at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel (rosarychapel.net), 15 Pepper Street, Monroe, CT 06468. Attendees are requested to be in their pews in the chapel by 9:45am. Interment to immediately follow Mass at Saint John’s Cemetery, 500 Moose Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468. May He Rest in Peace.

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Friday, May 07, 2021

Requiem Mass

Friday, May 07, 2021

Interment