Father Alain Larochelle was with Father Robert Jolicoeur when he died last Thursday after losing his fight against cancer. “His departure was in serenity and gentleness,” he says with deep emotion in his voice.
The abbot Larochelle and Father Jolicoeur were part of a small group of three brothers who have made their first steps together at the Major Seminary in 1972. This means that they were friends for 45 years.
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“We were four people to relay to Robert in the last days of his life. When the doctor told us that there was nothing more to do, it was done quickly, “said Father Larochelle.
Robert Jolicoeur left the image of a man of flamboyant faith. But it was not that, on the contrary. “Robert was also a man of great sobriety. Through his funeral, you will discover this part of him that we knew, “he adds.
What does Robert Jolicoeur want us to remember from his passage in the history of the Estrie Church? “I think he wants everyone to remember that we have everything we need to live our faith in an active way and that it’s important that everyone can live their faith and the gospel in their own way,” says Alain. Larochelle.
Robert Jolicoeur had been living at the archdiocese for a few years. He will have left his mark by his great will. “Every day, even when he was not doing well, he forced himself to take steps in the cathedral with his walker,” said Bishop Luc Cyr, the archbishop of the diocese, who will preside at the funeral.
“When he went to the last recording of the show Victory of Love, Robert Jolicoeur was very weak and suffering. Robert was a man of great will, like his father. He wanted to complete his commitment, “added Bishop Cyr. Father Jolicoeur will be present on the small screen for about a month. A special show is scheduled for February 18th.
The former parishioners of “Pastor Jolicoeur” are invited to pay him a last tribute at his funeral which will take place at the end of this week. It will be possible to visit the Steve L. Elkas Funeral Home (4230 Bertrand-Fabi Street in Sherbrooke) Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm.
It will then be exhibited in chapel ardente at the basilica-cathedral Saint-Michel Friday at noon. The funeral will be celebrated at 2 pm He will be buried in the crypt of the Saint-Michel cathedral.
It was decided that the celebration will take place on a Friday so that the priests of the diocese can attend the celebration. On Saturdays, they are busy celebrating funerals and Masses in their respective churches.