ATTLEBORO – Reverend Henry J. Dauphinais, M.S. passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at Lifecare Center of Attleboro. Fr. Henry was born in Fitchburg on April 19, 1928. Both his maternal grandparents emigrated from Canada to New England in the late 1800’s in search of work and better living conditions. His father, Remi, was a “finish” carpenter by trade and by tradition and his mother, Alice, a homemaker.
Together they bore five children: three girls and two boys, of which Fr. Henry was the oldest. Both his parents are deceased as well as his oldest sister and a brother. He has two surviving sisters, Cecile Jantz in Maryland and Lorraine Roy in South Carolina.
After completing his elementary studies at St. Joseph’s parochial school, Fr. Henry entered the seminary under the direction of the La Salette Fathers in Enfield, NH. There he pursued his high school and college studies. He formally joined the religious congregation as a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette on July 2, 1950 when he made is profession of vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Until his ordination to the priesthood on May 28, 1955, Fr. Henry studied Philosophy and Theology at the Congregation’s Major Seminary in Attleboro, earning a B.A. and a M.A. in his studies.
After ordination, he was assigned to teach at the minor seminary (college level) on Cape Cod for two years after which he volunteered to realize an ambition he harbored since 1950: to do ministry in foreign lands. Following a “crash” course in Spanish for one month, Fr. Henry was sent to Santa Fe, Argentina with another young priest of the same Order to do parish work under the guidance and direction of Polish La Salette Fathers who had been there since 1957. Fr. Henry was put in charge of the youth program and liturgies.
When four years of parish ministry had elapsed, 1958-1962, Fr. Henry was asked to assist the La Salette Fathers at the newly established minor seminary in the province of Segovia, Spain. Fluent by now in the Spanish language, Father was assigned to the teaching profession for 18 years while assuming alternate duties of Superior, Treasurer and Principal.
In 1980, and with the closure and sale of the seminary property in Spain and the opening of a scholasticate in Valladolid as well as a shrine in Galicia, Fr. Henry accepted an invitation sent to him by Fr. Roland Bedard in Arizona to do parish work along the Mexican border in the town of Pirtleville which lies on the outskirts of Douglas. Besides attending to the spiritual needs of thee faithful, two parishes and two missions, Fr. Henry on occasion did ministry at the Douglas parishes as well as in Agua Prieta, Mexico. It was at that time Fr. Henry was introduced to the fraternal Order of the Knights of Columbus which he joined in the early 1980’s. After receiving the first three degrees over a period of two years, Fr. Henry was asked to be chaplain of Council 1858, a function which he fulfilled religiously and faithfully. A year later, he received the fourth degree and continued to minister to the Knights and attend their meetings as well as participate in their work program and activities among the people of God.
In 1989, after doing wonderful ministry in Cochise County over a period of ten years, the La Salette Fathers gave the parishes and missions over to diocesan care and moved to Tucson, mostly for reasons of failing health.
Shortly after their arrival in Tucson, the Fathers were “inundated” with offers of priestly ministry from all sides of the city. This was mostly due to the shortage of priests. Thus, the Fathers acquiesced promptly to the spiritual needs and petitions of pastors and faithful alike. Besides doing ministry in different parishes on weekends, saying daily Mass for religious communities of women, Fr. Henry volunteered his services with the Department of Corrections mostly in the county jail until 1993.
In the fall of that year, he accepted the post of contract chaplain at the local Veterans Hospital and subsequently gave up his ministry with the D.O.C. It was during that period that Fr. Henry did two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Arizona Hospital with a view to better serve the hospital patients. Over a period of six years, Fr. Henry worked diligently among the veterans. One could say that in this type of priestly ministry is where he found his niche.
Finally, in 1995, Fr. Henry was asked to accept the post of chaplain with Council 5133 by a longtime friend and fellow Knight, Edward Tessier. Father willingly accepted the position and shortly after, the transfer of councils was made under the auspices of the Archbishop Gercke fourth degree Council.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, October 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel area of Our Lady of La Salette Shrine Church, 947 Park Street, Attleboro. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in the church on Wednesday, October 31 at 10 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. To sign an online guestbook for Father, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.