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The death of Father Dolais, our former Chaplain

2- in France - Date of publication 11-25-2008
Father Guy Dolais arrived at the community in September 1991. He quickly felt at home in this big house which he already knew a little as he had spent some years here in the minor seminary. He loved to talk about this period.

During the 14 years he spent among us, we benefited from his deep faith nourished by the Word of God that he loved to share with us and his joy that he always tried to transmit.

He loved the Church and always remembered to celebrate anniversaries and events to help us live our consecrated lives at the heart of the Church.

The celebrations he presided over were filled with dignity, simplicity and beauty.

The many qualities with which the Lord endowed him were used generously in his service of us: his availability, his kindness, his goodness, his ability to listen, his pastoral care for nourishing and supporting each one in their faith journey, his special charism for accompanying the sick sisters and helping them to prepare to meet God.

When, in 2005, Father Dolais was obliged to leave the community to go to the Retirement Home in Laval, we came together to say goodbye to him during the Eucharist. He himself spoke of all he had received during his stay with us: "Your witness as consecrated women, the simplicity of your lives, your apostolic commitment, the serenity and peace of the older sisters, the love expressed in the daily offering of the infirm or sick sisters, your prayers."

And he added: "I will continue to pray for you, as I continue my priestly life in the midst of the residents, accepting lovingly the little things which each day brings as I go peacefully and joyfully towards the Meeting that finally brings together all the stages of our lives. This page that is opening is unknown to me but I count on your prayers..."

Father Dolais's final years at the Miséricorde Retirement Home in Laval were marked by discretion and renunciation through suffering until the spontaneous gift of his life a few hours before he died. "Lord, you know me through and through. I trust in you."

 

The funeral Mass at the Church of St Pierre in Laval brought together around the Bishop most of the priests from the diocese, his family, many religious, friends and numerous parishioners from St Pierre where he had worked for many years.

It was a beautiful thanksgiving celebration, very simple and prayerful. Together we presented his life to God, his priestly life influenced by these words: "If anyone loves me, he will keep my Word. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home in him" and influenced also by the Franciscan spirituality which was part of his life.

"May the Lord be praised and blessed, give him thanks and serve him with humility."

 

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