Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Obit-frroland_vandalWEST HARTFORD – Father Roland G. Vandal, 88, of Hartford, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, died on Sept. 12, 2011, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1923, in Southbridge, Mass., a son of the late Stanislas and Alice (Guilbault) Vandal. He attended schools in Southbridge and entered the La Salette Minor Seminary in Enfield, N.H., in 1936. Father began his La Salette Novitiate in 1942 and professed his first vows on July 2, 1943, in Enfield, N.H. He continued his studies at the La Salette Seminary in Attleboro, Mass., and was ordained a priest on June 11, 1949. Father Vandal received a master’s degree in pastoral sciences from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.

Over the years, Father Vandal taught in La Salette Seminaries in Enfield and Attleboro as well as in East Brewster, Mass., and Bouleyers, Switzerland. He also was assistant pastor of a parish and a hospital chaplain in Montreal. After five years as director of La Salette foreign missions, he was sent to be an assistant pastor in Golden Meadow, La., before returning to studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa. In 1971, he returned to Louisiana as an assistant pastor in Violet. Three years later, he again became an assistant pastor in Montreal, where he ministered until 1982. He then was assistant pastor in Cambridge-Johnson, Vt., until 1989 when he returned to Montreal. He retired to the La Salette House in Hartford in 2002 and moved to St. Mary Home the next year.

In addition to his religious community, he is survived by many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by seven brothers and seven sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 14 at the La Salette House chapel. Burial was at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.