Father Paul Rodrigue LeBlanc
The death of Rev. Paul Rodrigue LeBlanc, a priest of the Diocese of Saint John, Curé/Pastor of Paroisse Notre-Dame-de-l’Espérance / Our Lady of Hope Parish in Miramichi, NB occurred unexpectedly at his residence on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
Father Paul was born in Moncton on July 20, 1948, son of the late Émile and Laura LeBlanc. After studies in local schools and l’Université de Moncton, he relocated to Fredericton and pursued a career in government at the executive level for many years. Eventually he fulfilled a long-held desire and applied for seminary studies with the Diocese of Saint John. After theological studies at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal in Montreal, QC, he was ordained a priest by the Most Rev. Joseph Faber MacDonald, Bishop of Saint John, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, on June 4, 2004. After ordination he was assigned as Administrator of St. Andrew’s Parish, St. Andrews, and St. Clement’s Parish, McAdam (also responsible for Guardian Angel Church, Vanceboro, ME) where he served for one year. He was then appointed Curé of Paroisse St-François-de-Sales, Saint John, where he served for nine years. At various times during those years, he also served as Vice Chancellor of the Diocese, Master of Ceremonies, Director of the Liturgical Office, Catholic Port Chaplain, Chaplain to the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Society, and member of the Diocesan Finance Council. In 2014, he was appointed Curé/Pastor of Paroisse Nativité-de-la-Bienhereuse-Vierge-Marie / Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Miramichi as well as pastor of Paroisse l’Ascension in Beaverbrook. He continued to serve these two communities when they were amalgamated into Paroisse Notre-Dame-de-l’Espérance / Our Lady of Hope Parish where he was serving at the time of his death. In addition, he also served as a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and as Provincial Spiritual Advisor for the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Father Paul loved being a priest, was devoted to the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments and had hoped to be able to continue to minister as a priest despite his recent health problems.
Father Paul was predeceased by his parents, Émile and Laura, and by two twin brothers, Rodrigue and Joseph, who died in infancy. He is survived by several cousins.
Father Paul has entrusted his funeral arrangements to the care of Davidson’s Funeral Service Ltd, Miramichi. Visitation will take place at the funeral home, Thursday, September 9, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Solemn Vespers will be celebrated in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church / Église Nativité-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie, Miramichi on Thursday evening at 7 pm followed by visitation. His funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Christian Reisbeck, C.C., Bishop of Saint John, on Friday, September 10, at 11 am, in St. Michael’s Basilica, Miramichi. Burial will follow in Ascension Cemetery, Beaverbrook