Bishop Raymond Lessard, the bishop emeritus of Savannah, has served the SVDP community for the past twenty years as a spiritual director and professor of ecclesiology. On Sunday January 3rd, the Epiphany of the Lord, he was called home to the Father and can finally rest his weary body.
Bishop Lessard was born in Grafton, North Dakota on December 21, 1930. He attended the St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota before studying theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest on December 16, 1956 and remained in Rome serving in multiple capacities. He was then ordained the Bishop of Savannah on April 27, 1973 where he shepherded until his retirement in 1995. St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary has been proud to have him as a spiritual father on campus since the fall of 1995 for both the seminarians and the faculty alike.
Bishop Lessard will be remembered for his quick mind, good counsel, and keen sense of humor. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him!
The following services have been arranged:
~ On Saturday January 9th at SVDP there will be a wake from 11 to 12 noon followed by a Memorial Mass celebrated by Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah.
~ His Funeral Liturgy and Burial will be on Tuesday January 12th at 12 noon at the
Cathedral in Savannah, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in his name.