Father Joseph G Bachand

Born: Thu., Dec. 15, 1949
Died: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 10, 2018
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Mass of the Resurrection

10:00 AM Thu., Oct. 11, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Church

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Father Joseph G. Bachand, M.S., 68, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette,
died Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Regency Village in Webster, Texas. He was born December 15, 1949 in Jewett City, Connecticut, son of Francis and the late Edna (Millovitsch) Bachand.  He attended grammar and high school in Jewett City prior to entering college at La Salette Seminary in Altamont, New York and Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.  He entered the Novitiate of the Missionaries of La Salette on July 1, 1969 in Bloomfield, CT.  
Father made his First Profession on July 2, 1970 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in
Hartford and his Perpetual Vows on September 19, 1974 in Washington, DC.  He
was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1976 at the La Salette Shrine in
Ipswich, MA. Upon his ordination, Father Bachand ministered at the La Salette Shrine and
Apostolic Center while completing his graduate studies in Theology.  In 1981, he
was named the Co-Director of the Inter-Provincial Novitiate in Pawtucket, RI, as
well as taking on the position of editor of “Our Lady’s Missionary”.  Father
Bachand was appointed the Coordinator of the La Salette Shrine in Ipswich in
1985 and a year later, was named Director of the Shrine.  
Father Bachand’s abilities and talents were recognized by the La Salette
Community and he was elected to serve four terms as a Provincial Councilor.
Father was the Director of Formation and Director of Post-Novitiate Formation in
Washington, DC.  He also served as Director of Spiritual Formation at the St. Luke
Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland.  
In 2006, Father was elected Provincial Superior of the North American Province
and three years later was elected for a second term. In 2012, he was
elected a General  Councilor of the Congregation and was stationed in Rome.  
Four years later he also assumed the duties of Superior of the International
Community at La Salette, France.  When his health declined, Father returned to
the United States for medical care. Father Bachand shared his wisdom and spirituality with members of the  Congregation, those discerning religious vocations, many retreatants and all who sought his insights.  His ministry, took him to over forty countries on five
continents.  He was greatly admired and respected by his La Salette brothers for
his deep love of being a priest and of serving Our Lady of La Salette. He was
privileged to preside over the baptisms of some of his friends’ children and many
years later, to also preside over their marriages.

In addition to his La Salette Community, Joe is survived by his father, Francis Bachand of Brooklyn, CT; his brothers, sisters and their spouses: Ed & Denise Bachand of Canterbury, CT; Linda & Steve Knotts of Florida; Pete & Jan Bachand of Palmetto, FL; Dan & Gloria Bachand of Little River, SC; Don & Lucy Bachand of South Carolina; Gerry & Trish Bachand of New London, CT; Marianne & Jim Lane of Nashua, NH; and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at St. Mary Church in Jewett City, CT. Friends and relatives are asked to assemble at the church before 10 a.m.  Calling hours will be held at Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home in Jewett City, CT on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Burial will be at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT at a later date.

Contributions in Father’s 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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Barbara & John Turner
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bachand Family. Father Joe will always be remembered. He will be dearly missed.

Jesse and Tiffany Bachand
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
With deepest and most heartfelt sympathies, both Jesse and myself along with our 2 sons, MJ and Diego, send our deepest condolences to the entire Bachand family. He was an amazing man and his faithful unparalleled.

Tom & Holly
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
We are so deeply saddened to learn off Joe's passing. Joe meant so much to so many people. He will be sorely missed but , so fondly remembered. Of all the wonderful things Fr. Joe will be remembered for, to us he will always be our Amazing friend Joe. God bless his entire family in this time of sadness and of course God bless you and thanks for being there Joe. Tom and Holly Lucas

Larry & Pat Masut
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Our sincerest condolences to the entire family of Fr Joe Bachand
An exceptional priest-cousin-friend
Will be remembered forever in our prayers

   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
With all your heart in this painful ordeal for the departure of Father Jo to the house of our Lord. He was a great friend to me and my dad will stay forever in our heart.
In union of prayer with you

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