Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fr. Adelard (Del) Labonté, SDB, Rest in Peace (1925-2011)

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Del Labonté, SDB.  Fr. Del was a member of my community and passed away peacefully early this morning.  Fr. Del was a joyful, holy Salesian and a great blessing to our community.  He will be greatly missed by our seminarians who cared a great deal for him!  Here are the words of our provincial Fr. Tom Dunne, SDB on the passing of Fr. Del:

At 12:30 this morning, Fr. Adelard Labonté, S.D.B, passed to the Lord in his room at St. Joseph Senior Residence in Woodbridge, NJ. 

Fr. Del’s last hours were spent with his sister Antoinette, Fr. Steve Leake, and Fr. Dominic Tran. Fr. Del prepared for death in prayer while the beloved French hymns of his childhood played quietly in the background. 

At this point, the Orange community and the family are making funeral arrangements for Fr. Del’s funeral and burial. The local communities will be receiving a faxed message presenting these plans later today.

Let us pray for the eternal repose of our beloved confrere, Fr. Adelard Labonté, We pray that as Fr. Del received his wish to die on the day of Mary’s remembrance (the 24th of the month), he will be escorted into the fullness of God’s blessings by his Heavenly Mother, Mary Help of Christians.

Two of Fr. Del's nieces (Jan and Marilyn) as well as 2 of our novices (Adam Dupre and Marc Stockhausen) were with Fr. Del as well on Saturday.  The Sisters and the staff at St. Joseph's are to be commended for the beautiful care that they gave to Fr. Del these past few months.  Fr. Jan Bernas was also a great consolation to Fr. Del with his great attention and fraternal concern.

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