Father Paschal Breau, S.A.,


Father Paschal Breau, S.A., a former director of brothers vocations for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement who was honored for promoting vocations to the religious brotherhood, died Aug. 29 in Toronto. He was 86. He served as a brother for more than 35 years before being ordained in 1979. He was director of brothers vocations from 1956 to 1971 while serving in pastoral ministries at various locations; from 1959 to 1967 he was at Graymoor in Garrison. In 1971, Pope Paul VI honored him with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for his work in promoting and fostering vocations to the religious brotherhood. After helping to found a parish and doing pastoral work in Ontario, he received permission in 1977 to study for the priesthood at Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass. He was ordained June 15, 1979, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. He then served at a parish in North Carolina and as a pastor in British Columbia. He continued to do vocation work until 1990, serving in Washington, D.C., and in Toronto. Born in Moncton, he entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor in 1941 and professed final vows in 1948. He is survived by a sister, Rita Breau. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 5 at Graymoor, with burial in the friars' cemetery.



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