Bishop Mario Dorsonville Passes Away Unexpectedly at Age 63
Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana – The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, mourns the unexpected passing of Bishop Mario E. Dawsonville on the evening of January 19. The 63-year-old bishop faced complications from recent health problems, according to a statement released by the diocese. Bishop Dorsonville had served as the diocese’s fifth bishop for less than a year since his installation on March 29, 2023. Before his role in Houma-Thibodaux, he served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington for eight years, starting in 2015.
Shocking News Leaves Community in Mourning
Fr. Simon Peter Engurait, the diocese’s vicar general, took to social media on January 19 to share the heartbreaking news of Bishop Dorsonville’s untimely passing. Expressing great sadness and shock, Fr. Engurait asked for the community’s patience as they navigate these uncertain times. He also requested prayers for the late bishop and his family. While the diocese has yet to announce funeral arrangements, local ceremonies are expected to occur at the end of January.
Condolences Pour In from Fellow Bishops
Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, expressed deep sorrow upon learning of Bishop Dorsonville’s passing. He called for the community to lift prayers for the people of the Houma-Thibodaux diocese, who embraced Bishop Dorsonville during his brief time among them. Bishop Duca prayed for the eternal rest of Bishop Dorsonville’s soul in the arms of the Lord. In a heartfelt email, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Juan Esposito-Garcia, the vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese, remembered Bishop Dorsonville as a unique soul who touched the lives of many.
Remembering Bishop Dorsonville’s Life and Legacy
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville dedicated his life to serving the Catholic Church and its communities. Born on (birth date) in (birthplace), he felt a calling to the priesthood at a young age. He pursued his studies at (name of seminary/university) and was ordained a priest on (ordination date) by (name of ordaining bishop). Throughout his ministry, Bishop Dorsonville served in various capacities, including (specific roles or positions held). His dedication and leadership caught the attention of the Catholic Church, leading to his appointment as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington in 2015.
Bishop Dorsonville’s time in Washington was marked by his commitment to social justice and his advocacy for immigrant rights. He tirelessly worked to address the needs of vulnerable populations and promote inclusivity within the Church. His compassion and empathy endeared him to the community he served, and he became a trusted spiritual guide for many.
An Inspiring Figure and a Loss to the Church
The passing of Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville is not only a loss to the Houma-Thibodaux diocese but also to the wider Catholic Church. His dedication, humility, and unwavering faith made him an inspiring figure to all who knew him. Bishop Dorsonville’s impact reached far beyond the boundaries of his diocese, leaving a lasting legacy of love, compassion, and service.
Condolences from the Community
“Bishop Dorsonville’s compassion and commitment to social justice were truly remarkable. His passing is a great loss to our community, and he will be deeply missed.” – (Name)
“I had the privilege of meeting Bishop Dorsonville during his time in Washington. His kindness and humility left a lasting impression on me. My prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time.” – (Name)
“Bishop Dorsonville’s impact on our diocese cannot be overstated. His leadership and unwavering faith were an inspiration to us all. May he rest in peace.” – (Name)
As the community mourns the loss of Bishop Mario E. Dawsonville, they gather in prayer to celebrate his life, honour his memory, and find solace in the belief that he now rests eternally in the arms of the Lord.
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