Br. Lawrence J. Bergeron, S.C., 95


CUMBERLAND — Sacred Heart Brother Lawrence J. Bergeron, 95, of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Provincial House, Pascoag, died Nov. 5, at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre.

Born in Scotstown, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Joseph and Delina Dictionnee (Desmarais) Bergeron. He was baptized Alcide Bergeron.

He entered the Brothers of the Sacred Heart December 24, 1929 at St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada. He pronounced his first vows in 1932 in Granby, Québec, and his perpetual vows in 1938 at St. Hyacinthe, Québec.

Brother Bergeron was a professed religious for 78 years, and served in a variety of locations including Canada, Haiti, Rome, Zambia, and New England. He was part of the group of brothers who founded the Sacred Heart Brothers' mission in Haiti in 1943. Throughout his life, Brother Bergeron was a teacher, formation director, maintenance worker, bookkeeper, librarian, printer, and cantor at Mass.

For the past decade, Brother Bergeron lived a life of intense prayer and had been a faith-filled presence to his family, friends and religious brothers. In October, 2007 he celebrated his 75th anniversary of religious profession.

Brother Bergeron is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 8 in the chapel of the Sacred Heart Brothers’ Provincial House, Pascoag. Burial was in the Brothers’ Cemetery.