Fr. Val LaFrance, O.P. (1921-2011)

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Valerian LaFrance, O.P., one of the great preachers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. A death notice with a brief biography can be found online here and our provincial site has a photo from the recent dedication of the preaching lab at the Dominican House of Studies. The lab was made possible by a benefaction in Fr. Val’s honor and is helping to train the next generation of Dominican preachers. The funeral homily by Fr. Bruce Williams, O.P., is posted on the Province of St. Joseph site. Oral history video interviews with Father LaFrance are available online in two parts, one (2006) and two (2007). Below are some images from Fr. Val’s student days and his priestly ordination in 1958.

Update: Article in The Florida Catholic by Toni Pallatto: The family will celebrate a memorial Mass on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, N.H. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Father LaFrance‚Äôs name to: The Dominican Fathers Center for Assisted Living, 630 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. 

Ordination 1958 Washington, D.C.
Parents Odie Perry LaFrance and Hon. Edward Trefle LaFrance