Published 9:23 am Thursday, January 31, 2013

Monsignor Robert G. Vincent passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. He was born in Fayetteville, N.C., on Jan. 16, 1930.

He was the beloved brother of Mary Frances V. Crumpler of Fayetteville and the late Paul D. Vincent and William J. Vincent, uncle of Elizabeth Ann C. Clark (Stephen) and D. Howard Crumpler Jr. (Terri), great-uncle of Tyler Crumpler and the late Douglas Barnes and son of the late Michael Vincent and Elizabeth Carter Vincent.

He attended public school and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He began his seminary training at Newburg, New York, in 1950, and completed his theology curriculum at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1958. He was ordained to the priesthood at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1957. The following positions were held by Vincent in the Archdiocese of New Orleans: archdiocesan director of religious education, secretary of Christian Formation and secretary of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and Permanent Diaconate Committee. He was associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Metairie and St. Pius X Church and St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church in New Orleans 1975-1985. Vincent was pastor of St. Andrew Church in Amelia, La., where he also served as dean of Upper Lafourche Parish and synodal judge for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. He was co-pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in LaPlace from 1985 until he was appointed pastor in 1989. He served as dean of the St. John-St. Charles Deanery from 1997 until 2000. On June 21, 1999, Pope John Paul II named Vincent a Prelate of Honor. Vincent retired on July 7, 2001, and made his home in LaPlace.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend services. Visitation will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Fayetteville, N.C. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to The Msgr. Robert G. Vincent School Endowment, c/o St. Joan of Arc Church, 529 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, LA 70068. Arrangements are by Millet-Guidry Funeral Home of LaPlace.