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Father Francis L. Bourgeois

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Father Francis L. Bourgeois

October 2, 1935 - December 21, 2015
MAMOU - Funeral services will be held for Father Francis L. Bourgeois, 80, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou at 10 a.m., Monday, December 28. Burial will follow in the St. Ann’s Cemetery.
A native of Mamou, Father Bourgeois died Monday, December 21, 2015, at the Consolata Home in New Iberia.
Father Bourgeois was born in Church Point and attended public school in Mamou. He then continued his education at Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He was ordained a Priest of God on June 3, 1961 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette and faithfully served God and His people for 53 years.
His priestly assignments included: June of 1961 at St. Therese in Abbeville, June of 1966 at St. Joesph in Rayne, December of 1967 at Our Lady of Sacred Heart in Church Point, January of 1971 at St. Peter Apostle in Gueydan, February of 1973 at St. John Vianney in Bell City, March of 1977 at St. Lawrence in Mowata, August of 1978 at St. Stephen in Berwick, July of 1981 at Sacred Heart in Ville Platte, December of 1983 at Holy Rosary in Kaplan, April of 1984 at St. Joseph in Iota, and January of 1992 at St. Leo IV in Roberts Cove. On July 20, 2008, he left St. Leo IV with a heavy heart to begin retirement in Mamou.
He was indeed a very gentle, good and caring person which manifested itself to the end. He enjoyed people and traveling; especially out west to meet his sister, Sybil, in Arizona to vacation and sightsee. On these trips, he took along his mom and other relatives.
Survivors include one sister, Yvonne B. Gillis of Marietta, Georgia; one brother, Larry Bourgeois and his wife, Leila, of Jackson; one nephew, Sean Gillis; and two nieces, Pamela B. Bordelon and Patricia Hoskins and her husband, John.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest R. Bourgeois and Celeste Landreneau Bourgeois; and one sister, Sister Sybil Bourgeois O.P. of the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic.
Visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Mamou on Sunday, December 27, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., and again on Monday, December 28, from 8 a.m. until time of service. A rosary will be prayed in his honor on Sunday evening, December 27, at 6 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Acadian Inc. 2600 Johnston Street Suite 200, Lafayette, La. 70503-3240.
Bishop Michael Jarrell will officiate.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and/or sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Mamou will be in charge of arrangements.

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