10 January 2018

A Holy, Gentle, and Perseverant Priest Has Passed into Eternity

Many thanks to the kind reader who passed along this sad news: Fr. Joseph Begue, the Vincentian priest who was so well-known and beloved by so many in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, passed away on January 9, 2018 at the age of 94.  

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was ordained a priest in 1955. Fr. Begue is best known for serving as the unfailingly kind and helpful director of the late, great Vincentian Press in St. Louis City. 

He was a faithful and stalwart priest, imbued with so many of the qualities of Him Whom he served so well. He supported the maintenance and growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in St. Louis at both St. Agatha and St. Francis de Sales Oratory. In his later years, he was a fixture in the confessional at the Oratory, spending many hours absolving the sins of so many faithful.

May these souls rise up and intercede before the throne of God on behalf of this holy priest. May his ministry be his pleading, and may Our Blessed Mother procure the salvation of this man of God through her mighty intercession.  May he hear those words of Our Lord that we all so pray to hear one day: "Well done, good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of your Lord."

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

May the soul of Fr. Joseph Begue, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Visitation is tonight and the funeral Mass is tomorrow morning at St. Mary's of the Barrens (Mary, Mother of God Chapel), 1701 W. St. Joseph Street, Perryville, MO 63775. The residence where the services will be held is located just behind the Miraculous Medal Shrine.


Mother Crab said...

Oh how sad am I right now as I loved this wonderful priest. His confessional advice has rung loudly in my head all of these years.

Jane Chantal said...

Fr. Begue will also be remembered with gratitude for his service to the people of Holy Family Parish in Cahokia who frequent the Latin Mass at that parish's historic Log Church. It has been some years since Fr. Begue celebrated Mass there, but this saintly man will live on in many hearts.

Long-Skirts said...

I remember him from the St. Vincent de Paul Book Store. Always so gentle and kind. Requiem aeternum.

Anonymous said...

I am a priest and he was my long-time confessor. God give him the reward of his labors!