Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, June 23, 2018

HARTFORD – Father Roger M. Leroux, 84, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, died on Dec. 11, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

He was born on Feb. 15, 1926, in Laconia, N.H., a son of the late Majoric and Philomene (Landry) Leroux. He attended La Salette Seminary High School in Enfield, N.H., and entered the La Salette Novitiate in East Brewster, Mass., in 1946. He professed his perpetual vows on July 2, 1950. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1952 in Fall River, Mass.

Father Leroux was a professor and prefect at La Salette Seminary in Enfield. In 1961, he went to the Philippines to be a pastor and school director for five years. He then returned to the United States and continued his ministry in education, formation and administration for the La Salette community.

Over the years, he played a significant role in the establishment of new La Salette ministries. He was involved in programs of formation, education, the La Salette Associates, religious life, peace and justice, Marriage Encounter and chaplaincy. He also ministered at the La Salette Shrine in Enfield over the years, and was an associate pastor at parishes in Windsor, Ontario, and Brewster, Mass.

He also was a provincial councilor for his congregation in the Philippines and Attleboro, Mass. Ten years ago, he was assigned to the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, and he moved to Hartford House last March.

Father Leroux is survived by his congregation; his sisters, Lillian Gregoire of Laconia and Doria Morel of Biddeford, Maine; and three nieces. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Leroux, and a sister, Rita Boutin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 15 at Hartford House. Burial was in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Contributions may be made to Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.