Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, February 19, 2018

Obit-DUSSEMIL_20110921WEST HARTFORD – Father Emile C. Dusseault, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, died on Sept. 18, 2011, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on March 28, 1927, in Worcester, Mass., a son of the late Emile and Roselind (Trembly) Dusseault. He graduated from St. Joseph School in Fitchburg, Mass., and attended La Salette Seminary High School in Hartford. In July 1945, he entered the La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield and professed his first vows in September 1946. He studied at La Salette seminaries in Ipswich, Mass.; and Milford, Iowa; and returned to Ipswich to complete his studies.

Father Dusseault pronounced perpetual vows in Ipswich in 1949 and was ordained on May 1, 1954, in Sacred Heart Church in Newton Centre, Mass. He was appointed as a professor and prefect at La Salette Seminary High School and served there for six years before being named assistant pastor of St. James Parish in Danielson, where he ministered for eight years.

After a brief time as assistant pastor in his home parish, St. Joseph in Fitchburg, he returned to St. James Parish in 1969 as its pastor. He then served as his congregation’s general treasurer in Rome before becoming a pastor in Golden Meadow, La., in 1980. Nine years later, he became pastor of the newly created parish in Swansboro, N.C., where he ministered for 11 years.

In 2000, he was assigned as director of a retirement residence in Titusville, Fla. He moved to Hartford in 2005.

In addition to his confreres, Father Dusseault is survived by two brothers, Norman, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Robert, of Leominster, Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 22 in the Hartford House chapel. Interment followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Contributions may be made to the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.