Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Death of Elwin Vigneron, Father of Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

From the Archdiocese of Detroit:
Archbishop Vigneron's father, Elwin Vigneron, passed on from this life at the age of 92.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadine; his daughter, Patricia; his sons, Allen, John (Cindy), Ron (Diane), Mark (Anne Marie) and Gary (Kimberly); 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Norman.

Visitation will be at Gendernalik Funeral Home (586-725-0177), 35259 Twenty Three Mile Road, New Baltimore. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, with a 7 p.m. Scripture service; and from 2 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, with a 7 p.m. Rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Parish or Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

On Friday, June 8, he will lie in repose at Immaculate Conception Church from 10:30 until his 11:30 a.m. funeral Mass. Immaculate Conception is located at 9792 Dixie Highway in Ira Township.

There is a nice article at the Michigan Catholic about the life of Elwin Vigneron.  Here is an excerpt:

“My father was a plain Christian man, who loved his family and found his greatest satisfaction in doing his duty,” Archbishop Vigneron said after his father’s passing. “His being a Catholic was an unquestioned part of his very being, and he taught that to us, mostly by his example.”

Archbishop Vigneron has thanked his parents over the years for their support for his priestly vocation. Upon his installation as archbishop of Detroit in 2009, he said, “They always made it very clear to me that they would support me in whatever I wanted to do in my life. They made it a point to never put pressure on me.” Mr. and Mrs. Vigneron were in the front pews at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit as their son was installed as the archbishop.

Upon his son being named the archbishop, Mr. Vigneron spoke about their family priorities while Archbishop Vigneron was growing up. “Religion for one thing, and being a family – (those) are what’s most important,” he said.

His other children saw his life as an example, as well. His youngest son, Gary, said his father had a tremendous work ethic and a great love for life and for others.

“More than anything he was a very hard working man,” said Gary. “He lost his dad really early in life. He loved working outside. He loved taking care of his old farm, mowing the grass. He was a very good friend to a lot of people.”

Archbishop Vigneron was suppose to speak at the Religious Freedom Rally in Detroit on June 8th at Noon, but in light of his father's passing, please keep the archbishop and his family in your prayers. Pray also for the repose of Elwin Vigneron's soul.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him

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