September 20, 2016
The Diocese of Baton Rouge announces the death of MSGR. GERALD MAURICE LEFEBVRE, a retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, who died on September 18, 2016 at the age of 85 years. He was born of Victor and Elsie Miller Lefebvre on September 11, 1931 and was a native of Port Allen. He attended Catholic High School, St Joseph Seminary and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He was ordained by Auxiliary Bishop L. Abel Caillouet for the Archdiocese of New Orleans on June 9, 1956.
Over the course of his ministry life, he served in the Archdiocese of New Orleans at Mater Dolorosa Church; and then in the Diocese of Baton Rouge at St. John the Evangelist, Plaquemine, St. Mary of False River, New Roads, St. Thomas More Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Maringouin, St. Isidore the Farmer, Baker, St. John the Baptist in Brusly, St. Agnes in Baton Rouge, St. Gabriel in St. Gabriel, St. Patrick Church, and St. Stephen the Martyr Church, Whitehall. He also undertook a variety of other assignments during the course of his ministry as Vice Chancellor, Editor of The Catholic Commentator, Dean, Ecclesiastical Notary, Officialis, Director of Diocesan Communications, member of the College of Consultors, Chairman of the Ecumenical Affairs Office and Director of Conference for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Msgr. Gerald was a faithful priest, a generous pastor and shepherd to many.
A vigil wake will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 5:00 -9:00 PM at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Boulevard. The vigil wake will continue Friday morning, September 23, at 9:00 AM at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church (16166 S. Harrells’ Ferry Road) until the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. The principal celebrant of the Funeral Mass will be Bishop Robert W. Muench, accompanied by the priests of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. Following the Funeral Mass a reception will be held at St. Jean Vianney Parish Hall.