Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Monnerat_BrianBRISTOL – Father Brian W. Monnerat, 60, Pastor of St. Matthew Church in the Forestville section of Bristol and director of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford, died suddenly on July 14, 2010, while on vacation with his family in Bermuda.

He was born on Feb. 11, 1950, in Waterbury, a son of the late Robert and Rose (Dressell) Monnerat. He was a graduate of St. Margaret Elementary School, Wilby High School and Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., and worked at Kelly Transit Co. in Torrington before entering St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

Father Monnerat was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 13, 1988, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph by Archbishop John F. Whealon.

He first was assigned to Good Shepherd Parish in Seymour as an assistant. In 1990, Father Monnerat was assigned as co-pastor of St. Bridget Church in Cheshire and, in 1995, he was named Pastor of St. Bernard Church in Enfield. He had been Pastor of St. Matthew since 1999.

Father Monnerat also had directed the Mission Office, which proclaims the Gospel worldwide, since 1990. The Mission Office acts through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Holy Childhood Association.

He is survived by four brothers, Mark, of Bristol; Michael, of Waterbury; Stephen, of Wolcott; and Thomas, of Ridgewood, N.J.; two sisters, Sharon Boucher of Ellington and Mary Grimshaw of Waterbury; three aunts; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and a niece, Kara Monnerat.

A parish Mass was celebrated on July 22 at St. Matthew, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant at a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning.

Msgr. Thomas M. Ginty, Pastor of Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Waterbury, preached the homily.

Contributions in Father Monnerat’s memory may be sent to the St. Matthew Church Development Fund, 119 Church Ave., Bristol, CT 06010.