Monsignor Stanley C. Bourassa
Grand Forks Herald Newspaper, via sacredheartegf.net
August 13, 2004
Monsignor Stanley C. Bourassa Obituary Monsignor Stanley C. Bourassa, 75, Crookston diocesan priest, died Wednesday, August, 11, 2004 at his retirement home on Cable Lake, supported by his friends and under Hospice care. He had served the Diocese for 44 years in active, priestly ministry and had been retired for the past 5 years. Stanley Bourassa was born April 13, 1929 to Katherine Viola (Sevalier) and Stanley Elliot Bourassa in Duluth, Minnesota where he lived until he was 11. After moving to Minneapolis, he completed his elementary education at Incarnation Grade School. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1947 in Minneapolis. He attended Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary, St. Paul from 1947-48, then completed both his college and theology studies at St. John's University/Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. Msgr. Bourassa was ordained by Bishop Peter Bartholomew for the Crookston Diocese on June 4, 1955 at St. Cloud Cathedral. He was made an honorary prelate (monsignor) by His Holiness John Paul ll on April 11, 1990. He served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph, Red Lake Falls from 1955-57; St. Anne, Crookston, 1957- 61; St. Phillip, Bemidji 1961-62; Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks, 1962-69. Msgr. Bourassa was pastor at St. Mary, Fosston and St. Lawrence, Mentor, 1969-77; Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks, 1977-81; St. Bernard, Thief River Falls and St. Ann, Goodridge, 1981-91; St. Clement, Grygla, 1984-91; Assumption, Barnesville and St. Cecilia, Sabin, 1991-99. Catholic education was much of the focus of his priestly ministry. He taught at high school level for four years at St. Joseph's Academy, Crookston, and seven years at Sacred Heart High School, East Grand Forks. As diocesan superintendent of Schools (1969-1977), and as diocesan vicar of education (1977-1986), he represented diocesan education interest on local, state and national levels. Msgr. Bourassa retired July 1, 1999. Shortly after his retirement, he was severely injured in an auto accident, which left him disabled until his death. At the time of his retirement Msgr. Bourassa said, ""If education was the focus, pastoral ministry at the parish level was my primary love. The challenges of implementing Vatican ll at the parish level provided adult formation opportunities in almost all aspects: ecclesiology, Christology, spirituality, devotional life, art and architecture (directed building of new church at Thief River Falls, new church and rectory at Fosston, church addition at Barnesville), liturgical renewal, sacramental theology and practice.' He also noted: ""Becoming an intimate part of the parish families served over the years, provided my most significant and memorable experiences.being there to welcome new members, sharing in the growing-up problems of the young and old, sharing the joyful moments and the grief moments of so many loving persons, being part of the experiences of first sacraments, graduations, marriages, anniversaries and death moments.' Msgr. Bourassa was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy and parents, Stanley and Katherine Bourassa. He is survived by several cousins and his brother priests. A Funeral Mass for Msgr. Bourassa will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 16, 2004 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be on Sunday at the church from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and also for an hour before the funeral. A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 12:00 noon in the Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, MN Published in the Grand Forks Herald on 8/13/2004.