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November 2, 2009
Oblate had great love for Scripture, native people
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
ST. ALBERT - Father Louis-Paul Lachance was a conscientious priest who loved God and the Scriptures.
"He was a good Oblate, very good in liturgy and the Scriptures," said his friend Father Jean-Paul Vantroys. "He was a reserved person but well educated."
Lachance, an Oblate priest since 1941, died the morning of Oct. 26. He was 93.
"He was a very gentle, kind and peaceful man," said Father Gerard LeStrat, director of Foyer Lacombe, the Oblate retirement home where Lachance spent the last few years.
Lachance suffered from arthritis, "which bothered him quite a bit," but otherwise he was in good health, LeStrat said. "He was very anxious to see God. He was 93 and couldn't wait to die."
Lachance was born Feb. 6, 1916 in Lac Megantic, Quebec, the oldest of seven children. He joined the Oblates in 1930, did his classical studies in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and made his first vows in 1936.
After completing theological studies in Ottawa and Battleford, Sask., Lachance was ordained to the priesthood June 15, 1941 in Ottawa.
Lachance did First Nations ministry and served as a pastor in native settlements in northern Alberta, mainly in the Grouard McLennan Archdiocese.
Lachance spoke Cree and enjoyed teaching the Scriptures to native people.
Among other places, he served at Atikameg mission, Surgeon Lake, Wabasca, Grouard and Fort Vermilion. He retired to Placid Place in Edmonton in 1996 after many years of service at Tangent.
"(Lachance) was not really a sports person, although he did play a little golf," said Vantroys, a friend since 1953. "He was rather a desk man who liked to sit and read. He enjoyed reading books about the Bible."
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