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Week of May 15, 2006
Whistling priest loved folks, life
Fr. Joseph Doucet served 28 years in the archdiocese
By BILL GLEN
"He encouraged us rather than the other way around."
- Jo Masterson
Doucet was born in Inkerman, N.B., April 30, 1934. Following graduate studies at St. Joseph's University in Memramcook, he entered the Holy Cross order in 1958 before his ordination to the priesthood June 2, 1963 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John.
Following his ordination, Doucet served as a high school chaplain in Montreal and in parishes in Halifax, Montreal and Hamilton.
He came west in 1978.
His ministry took him to Edmonton to reside at St. Thomas More before going to Innisfail to serve at Our Lady of Peace Parish from 1979 to 1981.
Doucet then became pastor of St. Michael's Parish in Leduc until 1986 where he enlarged and renovated the church and sanctuary.
He returned to St. Thomas More as pastor from 1986 to 1994.
After a brief turn as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Edmonton, Doucet went on to Annunciation where he hired Masterson in 2002.
"I think he hired me because of my Irish accent," Masterson said. "Maybe it reminded him of New Brunswick. We got along like a house of fire."
She was shocked to learn Doucet had cancer because he never let on that he was suffering or fearing his death. He kept whistling that happy tune.
"His spirit was up. He always had a joke. Before he left two years ago, he asked that if I had any jokes to send them on," Masterson said.
"He encouraged us rather than the other way around. We felt we should be lifting his spirit, but he lifted us. He was noble in his suffering. I couldn't believe his attitude towards life."
A funeral Mass was held May 9 in Memramcook. A memorial liturgy honouring Father Doucet will be celebrated at Annunciation Church on May 16 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
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