Reverend Roger Joesph Plante

  • Born: March 19, 1935
  • Died: December 9, 2017
  • Location: Marietta, Georgia

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Reverend Roger J. Plante, M.S., 82, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette and Senior Priest in Residence at St. Ann Parish in Marietta, Georgia, died suddenly on Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was born Springvale, Maine on March 19, 1935, son of the late Ovila and Diana (Mailhot) Plante. He attended La Salette Seminary in Enfield, New Hampshire and entered the La Salette Novitiate in Center Harbor, NH on July 1, 1954. Father Roger pronounced his First Vows on July 2, 1955 and made Perpetual Profession on July 2, 1958. He continued his studies for the priesthood at La Salette seminaries in East Brewster and Attleboro, Massachusetts and in Rome, Italy where he received his B.A. in Theology from Angelicum University in 1960 and his S.T.L. in 1962. He studied Moral Theology at Alphonsus University in Rome in 1963-64.

Father was recognized to be a skillful educator and his early assignments were mainly serving as professor or director in La Salette seminaries in New England.

He was recognized as well for his leadership skills and qualities and was chosen by the Province of Mary Immaculate to serve in administrative capacities including Treasurer, Provincial Councilor and Provincial Superior.

From early in his priesthood, Father was drawn to the deep desire to help those in need by giving them tools to be self-sufficient. He founded a co-op in New Hampshire to assist people in growing and harvesting their own food. In 1974, this covered 25 acres (formerly the La Salette Seminary grounds) for people to grow 20 varieties of vegetables. He then used the La Salette cannery to preserve these foods for low-income people to purchase at a reduced price. In addition to his assigned ministry, Father Roger also worked untiringly for many years with UNBOUND, an organization that partners with families living in poverty to assist them in becoming self-sufficient. His La Salette life was filled with caring for those around him, especially the poor, in meeting their spiritual and material needs.

Besides his administrative and outreach work, Father Roger also served as a Chaplain at the La Salette Holy Mountain in France, where the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette occurred; Director of the La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro, MA; assisted at the Enfield Shrine and Center in Enfield, NH; and most recently, at St. Ann Parish in Marietta, Georgia.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Roger is survived by his brother, Robert and his wife Mary Beth; his sister-in-law, Bibian Plante; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Rene and a sister, Madelein.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be concelebrated on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 2:00 pm at St. Ann Parish in Marietta. Calling hours will precede the funeral at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at the La Salette Cemetery in Enfield, New Hampshire at a later date.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114-2330.


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I was deeply saddened to read of Fr. Plante's passing.

I was a student at LaSalette Seminary in Enfield,New Hampshire in the early 1970's, and he was the Headmaster of the School. He was also the faculty advisor for "The Reactor", the school newspaper, for which I was a writer.

I loved LaSalette, and I will forever remember the tears on his face, when he announced to our school community in the chapel, on a cold winter day, that the Seminary would be closing its doors forever at the end of the 1974 school year. It was like a terrible dream,but sadly, it was not a dream, and the school closed its doors at the end of my Sophomore year.

My memories of my years of LaSalette hold a very special place in my heart. When I close my eyes, I can still see that beautiful school on the shore of Lake Mascoma, I can still remember the interior of Shaker Hall, the Canadian nuns cooking in the dining room, my view of the lake from my room in Dorm 3, the long walk back to the North House past the Shaker Cemetery with the snow blowing on a cold winter's night.

I remember one of the best friend's of my life, Ricky Hodgdon, and my beloved classmate and friend Richard Roberge, who became a priest, and served for many years as my family's pastor at St.Paul's Parish in Franklin, New Hampshire.

Fr.Plante loved LaSalette and he dedicated his life to the many young men who were blessed to attend the Seminary.

His was a life of selfless service. He will be laid to rest in that Shaker Cemetery on the grounds of his beloved LaSalette, and he will continue his mission in Heaven, watching over so many poor and humble souls still here on earth who need his guidance and love on their journey.

Posted by Jeffrey Bonk - Santa Monica, CA   January 04, 2018

He was such a kind and loving man and will be missed by so many people. He was a gentle soul.

Mary Ross Bonds

Posted by Mary Ross Bonds - Marietta, GA - Friend   December 15, 2017


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