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Rev. Ferreolus M. D'Cruz - Madison Parish, Louisiana


From Alexandria, LA Town Talk, April 5, 2013



Fr. Ferrelous D'Cruz, pastor of St. Edwards in Tallulah, dies


A Mass of Christian Burial for Rev. Ferreolus M. d'Cruz will be held Saturday, April 5. 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Church with Bishop Ronald Herzog as the main celebrant. Additional seating will be available in St. Edward Parish Hall. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in the Priests Cemetery at Maryhill Renewal Center in Pineville. Arrangements are under the direction of Kramer Funeral Home.

Rev. Ferreolus M. D'Cruz, age 81 and pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Tallulah, La., passed away on April 3, 2013 at Madison Parish Hospital after an apparent heart attack. Father D'Cruz, originally from India (Trivandrum, Kerala), was ordained a priest on October 3, 1959, in Pune, India. He came to the Diocese of Alexandria in 1991, where he temporarily served in sacramental ministry at St. Patrick Church in Ferriday and its missions of St. Gerard in Jonesville and St. Francis of Assisi in Waterproof.

After serving briefly as a chaplain at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, he was assigned to St. Francis de Sales in Echo as pastor and served there from 1992-1997. In 1998, he was assigned to St. Edward Church in Tallulah, where he served as pastor until his death.

Father Ferre was a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and served as Vicar Forane from 2006-2011. He is survived by a niece, Cyndy Raj Bennett, of New York.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 5 , 2013, from 4 - 8 p.m. at St. Edward Church, located at 204 Hwy 80 East in Tallulah, with a Christian Wake Service with prayers of the Office of the Dead at 6 p.m.