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Home WHO WE ARE Assumptionists Profiles Fr. LEO BRASSARD, A.A. (1941-2019)

Fr. LEO BRASSARD, A.A. (1941-2019)


Interviewer – Fr. Leo, would you share a bit about your background, family and early education?

Fr. Leo – My family came from Berlin, NH and was of French Canadian ancestry. I was one of five children, three boys and two girls. I have a brother in California, a sister in Indiana and another one in Connecticut. My other brother is deceased. We belonged to St. Joseph’s parish where my father, a grocer, was very active and supportive of the parish priests. We children attended the parish school. My mother had been a religious and remained close to the sisters after she left the community.

How did you come to know the Assumptionists?

– After I finished elementary school, my parents, who knew about Assumption prep, wanted to send me there. As it turned out, it was a wonderful experience for me. At the same time, I had known from the age of ten that I wanted to be a priest. Both of my parents were very supportive of my vocation. My Assumptionist mentors included Frs. Ernest Fortin, Denys Gonthier and Edgar Bourque.

Would you share some of your later education and formation memories?

– After two years at Assumption College, I entered the community at Saugerties, NY for formation. Later I was sent to Europe to study in France and Belgium after which I came home and was ordained at the college in 1969. I will always be grateful for the education I receive with the Assumptionists.

Where did community assignments take you over the years?

– My first assignment was teaching religion at the prep for two years. However, my most memorable mission experience was the seventeen years I spent in Korea, during which time belonged to the French province. Among other services we provided the people, I was chaplain for a community of religious sisters. Another wonderful experience I had was attending an Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Loyola in Chicago in 1982. Most recently, I worked in our mission in the Philippines before retiring to our house on Old English Road in Worcester. At the present time I am translating letters of Fr.d’Alzon, our founder, for whom I have always had a special interest and love. I have always admired him as the loving father of our community, faithful son of the Church and as a creative, innovator and unifier.

Fr. Leo, do you have other interests or hobbies?

– Oh yes! I love music and play the piano; and all of the arts such as movies, plays etc. While in Europe, I visited as many museums as I could.

What is your hope/vision for the future of the congregation?

– I am cautiously optimistic about our future. I greatly admire our superior general, Fr. Benoit Griere and I am very encouraged by those in formation who will ensure a strong future for the congregation, please God.

Note: Since this interview took place, Fr. LEO BRASSARD, A.A. passed away on March 18, 2019. May he rest in peace.

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