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Former Pastor of Notre Dame in Adams


Pastor of Notre Dame Church in Southbridge for the Past 27 Years.

Worcester, Mass., Oct. 14 - (A.P.) - Right Rev. Monsignor Louis O. Triganne, for 27 years pastor of Notre Dame church in Southbridge, died today in St. Vincent hospital here of heart disease, from which he had suffered about two years. He was 71 years old. He was born in Plesisville, Megantic county, Province of Quebec, and had been stationed in Holyoke and Adams before going to Southbridge.

Monsignor Triganne was pastor of Notre Dame church in Adms from 1903 until November 21, 1904 when he was appointed pastor of Notre Dame church in Southbridge in which pastorate he had served ever since. Prior to assuming the duties as pastor of the Adams church, he was pastor of Notre Dame chuch in Pittsfield and previously served as curate of Notre Dame chruches in this city and Holyoke.

He studied for the priesthood at Nicolet college in Canada where he was ordained in 1884. After serving for two years at Three Rivers, Canada, he was assinged to the Springfield diocese. He served as curte in Holyoke until 1889 when he was appointed pastor of Notre Dame church in Pittsfield. Msgr. Triganne served in the pastorate for three years during which time he displayed those fine priestly characteristics which marke his entire life. In addition to buidling up the spiritual welfare of the parish he also displayed a marked ability as a business administrator and when he left Pittsfield in 1893 to become pastor at Adams, he had not only liquidated the debt on the church but also left a balance of $23,000 for the purpose of starting the construction of a new church.

In assuming charge at Adams, Mgr. Triganne found himself confronted with a debt of $30,000. The young priest immediately made plans to wipe out this debt. That he was successful in this effort is shown by the fact that when he was transfered to Southbridge the old debt was cleared up, a new parochial school and convent costing $50,000 had been erected and a church organ valued at $5,000 had been installed. Only $1,800 remained on the new debt.

Under his careful management, Notre Dame paris became one of the finest in the diocese and was a source of pride to its pastor and parishoners. Msgr. Triganne, during his 11 years as pastor in Adams, endeared himself to the hearts of all of his parishoners and the townspeople at large and there was universal regret in town when it became known that he was leaving Adams. He was appointed to Southbridge on Nov. 21, 1904.

As a result of his service in the Springfield diocese for more than 43 years, Msgr. Triganne was one of three priests to be elevated to monsignor by Pope Pius XI, on the visit of Bishop Thomas M. O'Leary to Rome in 1929. Rev. James J Donnelly of Fitchburg, former curate at St Francis church in this city, and Rev. William M Foley of Holyoke were the other two priest who were similarly honored. His church in Southbridge is one of the most beautiful in the diocese.

Msgr. Triganne has maintained a close touch with his former parishoners and friends in this city and Adams and has always displayed an interest in the activities of these two communities, especially in matters relating to Notre Rame churches and its parishoners. When new sof his death reached here, expressions of admiration for his labors and service were heard on all sides.

The North Adams Transcript
North Adams, Massachusetts
Wed, October 14, 1931

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Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

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