Visitation will be observed at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, 914 Saint John Street, Lafayette, Louisiana, from 8 a.m. until time of service. The Most Reverend, Bishop Michael Jarrel will be the Celebrant of the funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Interment will follow at Saint Bridget Cemetery in Schriever, Louisiana.
Father Leger was born on May 9, 1940 to Marzia (Ledoux) and Joseph Doraston Leger, Sr., in Iota, Louisiana. He graduated from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, in 1968, and was ordained on June 1, 1968 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana.
On June 15, 1968, Father Leger began his first assignment as an Associate Pastor at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Berwick, followed by Our Lady of Fatima in Lafayette in 1971. His first assignment as a Pastor was in 1974 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Grand Prairie, and thereafter serving pastorships at St. Thomas More, Eunice; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan; St. Joseph, Evangeline; St. Jules, Petit Mamou; and he served his last assignment, as a Pastor and Administrator, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge from January 15, 2000 until February 2007.
On February 12, 2007, he was assigned to serve as the Sacramental Minister of St. John the Baptist Church in Lyons Point, Louisiana, (where he was in residence), as well as Immaculate Conception Church in Morse, and St. John the Evangelist Church in Mermentau.
During his years of service to the Diocese of Lafayette, he was assigned and held positions as a Diocesan Consultor; Vicar, South Acadiana Deanery; Clergy Personnel Advisory Board (4 years); and Dean, Vermilion and Acadia Deanery.
Father Leger is survived by two brothers, James Leger of Houma, LA and Michael Leger and his wife, Henrietta, of Temple, LA; three sisters, Irma Bergeron and her husband, Charles, of Brookhaven, MS, Katherine Miller of Houma, LA, and Cheryl Bourgeois of Lake Charles, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Doraston Leger Sr. and Marzia Ledoux Leger; his brother, J.D. Leger Jr.; and his sister, Louise Duplantis.
Pallbearers will be fellow members of the Clergy.
Honorary pallbearers will be The Leger Family.
In order to financially assist seminarians seeking vocations into the priesthood, memorial donations may be made to the Fr. Don Leger Burse, Diocese of Lafayette, in care of, Vocation Office of Seminary, 1408 Carmel Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501.
“Special thanks to Fr. Donald Pousson, Fr. Clint Trahan, Fr. Neil McNeill, and to all parishioners of Lyons Point, Morse, Midland, Esterwood, and Mermentau, for letting our brother be what he loved most of all, a Parish Priest. We would also like to give a very special thank you to the Angels at Consolata Nursing Home, for your constant care and attention given to him. Our love and prayers always. The Leger Family”
Pellerin Funeral Home, (337.332.2111), is in charge of arrangements.
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