Diocese mourns loss of priest after bicycle accident
PIERRE PART - The Diocese of Baton Rouge said Wednesday, a popular priest at a rural church died after falling off his bicycle earlier this week.
Father Clarence Waguespack fell off his bicycle on Highway 70 near Lee Drive in Pierre Part Monday. He broke his neck in the fall and died, the diocese said.
"It is with profound human sadness that we inform you of the sudden death... of a beloved retired priest of our diocese," Bishop Robert W. Muench said. "Let us remember Father Waguespack, members of his family, brother priests and deacons, friends, former parishioners and all who mourn his loss. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, though the mercy of God, rest in peace."
The bishop, Father Waguespack and other clergy celebrated mass together the day before he died.
Father Waguespack, a priest for 50 years, served as parochial vicar at Holy Family in Port Allen, St. Charles Borromeo and St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge and as pastor at St. Joan of Arc in Bayou Pigeon, St. Mark in Gonzales, Ascension of Our Lord in Donaldsonville, Our Lady of Peace in Vacherie and St. Joseph the Worker.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 6 to 10 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 3304 LA Hwy. 70 South, Pierre Part. The visitation continues Saturday until a funeral mass at 11:30. Interment follows at St. Philip Church Cemetery, 1175 LA Highway 18 in Vacherie.
Waguespack was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the diocese said.
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