Services for Father Clarence Waguespack Friday

Father Clarence Waguespack dies after bicycle accident

PIERRE PART, LA (WAFB) - Funeral Services for Father Clarence Waguespack, a priest at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part, will be held this weekend.

Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to  10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 11: 15 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 3304 Hwy. 70 South in Pierre Part. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. and interment will follow.

Waguespack died on Dec. 8 after falling off of his bicycle on Hwy. 70 near Lee Drive in Pierre Part. The accident happened just after 3 p.m. Father Waguespack was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but autopsy results show he died from a broken neck.

Father Waguespack was the most senior priest in active ministry, having been first assigned to Holy Family Church in Port Allen following his ordination in 1962.

Bishop Robert W. Muench, stated, "It is with profound human sadness that we inform you of the sudden death yesterday afternoon of a beloved retired priest of our diocese, Father Clarence Waguespack. Many of us clergy were privileged to concelebrate the Eucharist with him the previous afternoon at the 50th Anniversary of Ordination of Monsignor Berggreen. Father Waguespack's entrance into eternal life coincided with the church's celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom he was so devoted. Let us remember Father Waguespack, members of his family, brother priests and deacons, friends, former parishioners and all who mourn his loss. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, though the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

Father Waguespack, who celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood served as parochial vicar at Holy Family in Port Allen, St. Charles Borromeo and St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge and as pastor at St. Joan of Arc in Bayou Pigeon, St. Mark in Gonzales, Ascension of Our Lord in Donaldsonville, Our Lady of Peace in Vacherie and St. Joseph the Worker.

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