Monseigneur Charles Lavoie held his final service for the area’s Catholic faithful at the Ste. Anne Paroisse in Falher on Aug. 20.
He reflected on the nine years he has spent in this posting.
“It has been a great privilege to serve you these past nine years,” he says.
“I have seen my life in transformation. I have seen many moments of growth.”
Those around him have helped him to grow as a person and as a priest. But the Monseigneur wishes he could have done more for youth and the sick.
Monseigneur Lavoie offered a prayer of thanksgiving in celebration of his nine nears of service, as well as other prayers. A collection was taken up and communion was also held as part of the service.
Near the end, others praised him for his dedication, including Robert Maisonneuve, who spoke on behalf of the parish in Guy.
“Father Charles went over and above his mandate to help our small parish continue on its path to serve God,” says Maisonneuve.
“Every Sunday, he would check the condition of our church building and report any problems he encountered or couldn’t fix, especially in our church basement.
“We are very set in how we do things in Guy and Father, you accept that, for which we are very grateful. Your parishioners are always priority over decision issues. You are truly a people’s priest and servant and we in Guy will surely miss your down to earth presence.”
A lunch was held for Monseigneur Lavoie in the church basement following the service.
A cake featuring photos of him and the churches in the area was served as part of the meal.
Monseigneur Lavoie is transferring to the chancery office in Grande Prairie to the chancellor and vicar general. Father Jean succeeds him to oversee Donnelly, Falher and Guy. Father Eucharis will oversee Guy and McLennan.