Rev. Edward James Lauden

April 20, 1943October 21, 2020

Reverend Edward James Lauden, a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, died on October 21, 2020. He was 77 years of age. Father Lauden was born on April 20, 1943 in Salem, New Jersey. Fr. Lauden attended elementary school in Runnemede, New Jersey and Montgomery, NY, and secondary school in Cocoa, FL. He earned a B.S. in Physics at Spring Hill College and a M.S. in Earth Science at Virginia State University. Fr. Ed attended Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 2005 in New Orleans. Fr. Lauden served as parochial vicar at St. Charles Borromeo in Destrehan, St. Joan of Arc in LaPlace, St. Andrew the Apostle in New Orleans, St. Gertrude (Des Allemands) and St. John the Baptist (Paradis) and St. Anthony of Padua in Luling. His pastorate was at St. Mark Church in Ama until the time of his death. In addition to his pastoral assignments, Fr. Lauden served as the Spiritual Advisor of the Westbank Magnificat. Before joining the priesthood, Fr. Lauden taught mathematics, physics, geology, and astronomy at De La Salle High School for 24 years. In addition to teaching he loved to travel and flying, he would go on to receive his private pilot’s license and a flight instructor’s rating in gliders. He met his wife, Susan Miller Lauden at 51 years old and they began their life together in Picayune, Mississippi. After Susan passed away unexpectedly he felt a calling to turn his life over to the Lord and entered the Notre Dame Seminary at 61 years old, being awarded the Master of Divinity degree. Fr. Lauden is survived by his brother, Gary Lauden and his wife, Jody of McKinney, Texas, as well as a niece, two nephews, and 7 great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Susan Miller Lauden and parents, Edward Lauden Sr. and Agnes Cross Lauden. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 13396 River Rd. Destrehan, LA, on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11 AM, celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Burial to follow at New Palestine Cemetery in Picayune, MS. For those unable to attend the Mass will be livestreamed on the St. Charles Borromeo Facebook page: Masks are required in the church and we ask that everyone please respect safe social distancing. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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Richard Schmitt Jr

October 27, 2020

Fr. Ed was my Astronomy and Geology teacher at DLS in 1973. He was always one of my favorite teachers, and after I became a teacher, I quoted him on a number of subjects to all of the classes that I ever taught for 25 years. He opened my young teenage mind to the earth and the stars. I am forever grateful that my life included time spent with Mr. Lauden. Thanks for a lifetime of lessons, and may you Rest In Peace with the Lord.

Fr. Robert Cavalier

October 26, 2020

All of my contacts with Fr. Ed were cordial and pleasant. His spirit of care for the people of God was clear and constant. We were blessed to have in the Archdiocese as a teacher for many years and as a priest in his later years. Good and faithful servant, rest in peace.

Yvonne Sirmon

October 25, 2020

My deepest condolences to Father Ed's family. I had the pleasure of attending many masses that Father Ed said, at St. Charles, Paradis, Luling, Luling Nursing home, and Ama. He was a great priest and a lovely person. He always had a wonderful smile and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Father I'm sorry God called you home, but I know you are not sorry! Rest in Peace in Heaven!

Janell Weber

October 25, 2020

Father Ed- You were a wonderful priest in our SCB parish and truly touched the Hearts of many from your years as a teacher at De La Salle and into your religious ministry. You were a sincere true friend and mentor to all who met and knew you . We have all been blessed by knowing you.

Mende Ford

October 25, 2020

Father Ed will be missed by so many. I always looked forward to his “I wonder.....” at the start of mass and finishing it during his homily. He made me question and seek answers. My life and the lives of others have been truly blessed by having him in our lives. I love you Father Ed.

Jay Groves

October 24, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Father Lauden’s passing.

As a student at DLS high school, I only knew him as Mr. Lauden, and have not seen him since 1980. Thinking of him always brings a smile to my face.

Ed Lauden was one of the rare teachers in my life who engaged and motivated me (and many many others) to not only be a better student but a better person. Funny, intelligent, gentle, and sharing a genuine interest in his students (what a combination!) he made what could be boring subjects interesting. I was lucky to have him as a teacher for geology and geometry in 8th and 9th grades.

I can remember many of his lectures from 1975-1977. One such memory that I am sure many students can recall involved Mr. Lauden taking a large rock, showing it to the room and abruptly crashing it onto an unoccupied desk (rock dust going everywhere) while exclaiming, “You will smash your head wide open on this rock!” Amazing to me how he continually engaged students in every class we attended.

I can only imagine how many more people he touched and served through his ministry. I wish I would have known him as Father Lauden and been able to hear his mass.

For my brief experiences with Mr. Lauden, I am a better person.

Praying for peace of mind to all who loved him.

Dr. Mack Jay Groves IV, D.P.M.
Covington, LA

Judy Wilchek

October 24, 2020

Fr. Ed was such a great priest. I loved his sermons and Masses.
He will be greatly missed not only by SCB family but the other parishes he has served during his ministry. Love and prayers for Fr. Ed and his family.

Jerome Nuccio

October 24, 2020

I was a student of Mr Lauden in 1971 at De La Salle high school. I was one of “Lauden’s lizards”. He was an extremely beautiful man with loads of patience.

Hooper Harris

October 24, 2020

I was privileged to know Fr. Ed as a student at De La Salle, and as a sailplane pilot in later years. He was a passionate teacher, not only of the physical science and mathematics courses he taught, but of living a faithful life. His life journey revealed his yearning to serve God in every capacity; as a man, a teacher and a priest. Well done, good and faithful servant. Blue skies and tailwinds, Ed!

Michael Fagan

October 23, 2020

I am sad to hear of Father Lauden's passing. He was Mr. Lauden while I was a student at De la Salle in the late 1970's and one of my very favorite teachers. He was one of those teacher's with a relaxed style coupled with enthusiasm of the subject which had the effect of students learning more because they wanted to and not because they had to. A teacher with warm smile and a great wit which all who took his Geology and Astronomy classes (fondly called Rock & Stars by students) enjoyed ....occasionally at our expense! His "night field trips" on his own time taking small groups of student stargazing was always fun and exciting. To this day, I have avoided running my boat aground in rivers I am unfamiliar with because of learning the difference between a "point bar' and "cut bank" and their effect on the geology of river bottom and banks. They say good teachers live on through their students, so Father Lauden is certainly still very much with us.


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