The Roman Catholic Church Community in the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada is once again been plunged into mourning.
Four months after the death of local Bishop, Vincent Darius, the church has lost its former Vicar General, Monsignor Cyril LaMontagne who succumbed to his illness at the St. George’s General Hospital last week Friday.
A source close to the Roman Catholic Clergy informed THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Msgr. LaMontagne was ailing for some time now, and that he recently suffered a mild stroke.
Born in St. Lucia in 1932, Msgr LaMontagne, at a young age, had the desire to become a priest of the Roman Catholic Faith.
He was the eldest of a family of four boys and two girls.
At age 21, LaMontagne began studies for the priesthood in Martinique with the Holy Ghost Fathers, and then went on to further studies in Canada for nine years.
The first Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada, Justin Field of the Dominican Order invited LaMontagne to come to Grenada where he was ordained a priest of the diocese on August 9, 1964.
Since his priestly ordination, Msgr. LaMontagne made Grenada his homeland.
His priestly ministry took him to many of the Parishes of the Diocese including Our Lady Help Of Christians at Beaulieu, St. George’s, St. Mark’s, and at St. Dominic’s, Perdmontemps.
He also served as Cathedral Administrator from January 1965 where he is best remembered.
Fr. LaMontagne was appointed Vicar General by Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles in October 1976, a position he held for 27 years.
He was honoured by the Holy Father, Pope John Paul ll with the Honorary Title of Monsignor in September 1983, and was re-appointed Vicar General by Bishop Darius in 2003 until his retirement in 2012.
Altogether he served as Vicar General for 36 years.
Msgr. LaMontagne was also honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the title Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996.
The senior cleric relinquished his position as Parish Priest at St. Dominic’s, but continued to assist other Parishes with their spiritual needs.
He spent his last days a specially prepared apartment at the Cathedral Presbytery.
In spite of his deteriorating health, Msgr. LaMontange continued to assist with Sunday and weekday Masses.
Arrangements for his funeral are still pending.