Rev. Peter A. Rousseau – Shelburne

The Reverend Peter A. Rousseau, 90, died on Jan. 16, 2013, in Shelburne. He was born on March 29, 1922, in Burlington, the son of the late Joseph Edward and Elizabeth (Hamel) Rousseau. Father Rousseau attended St. Michael’s College, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn., and St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Burlington on June 11, 1949, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Edward Francis Ryan. His priestly ministry began as Assistant Pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Rutland (1949). He also served as Assistant at Sacred Heart Parish in Bellows Falls (1949-1950), St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish, Newport (1950-1954), St. Anthony Parish, Burlington (1954), and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Rutland (1954-1956) and as Administrator of St. Bernard Parish, Norton (1956-1960). His first pastorate was at St. Bernard Parish, Norton (1960-1963). He also served as pastor at Holy Cross Parish, Morrisville (1963-1969), St. John the Evangelist Parish, St. Johnsbury (1969-1977), and St. Pius X Parish, Essex Center (1977-1992). He was granted Senior Priest status and retired from active ministry on June 24, 1992. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree and a former member of the Priests’ Senate, Presbyteral Council, Dean, Diocesan Consultor, Trustee to the Priests’ Benefit Fund, Advocate to Senior Priests, Trustee to Vermont Catholic Charities, the Children’s Aid Society of Vermont, Associate Trustee of St. Michael’s College and an honorary member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, St. Michael’s College. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Joseph Rousseau; and sister, Sr. Louise Rousseau. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Burlington at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 120, Williston, VT 05495; or offer Masses in Father Rousseau’s memory.

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