Reverend George G. Laliberte passed away on February 9, 2021. Born in Waterbury CT, Father George attended St. Anne School in Waterbury before engaging in priestly formation with the Blessed Sacrament Fathers at Eymard Seminary in Suffern, New York, the Blessed Sacrament Novitiate in Barre, Massachusetts, and St. Josephs Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained as a priest of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament by the Most Reverend John Griffith at St. Jean Baptiste Church in New York City on September 22, 1956. Fr. Laliberte was assigned with five others to open a new Eucharistic Shrine in Manila, Philippines, and remained in ministry there at Santa Cruz Church for over a decade. He then worked at Eymard Seminary, serving his religious community as Treasurer and Vocation Recruiter. After a time working again in the Philippines, he next served as Assistant Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As he concluded his time in New Mexico, Fr. Laliberte felt called to return home to Connecticut and was granted permission by his Provincial and the Most Reverend John F. Whealon in 1977 to do so, beginning ministry as the Assistant at the Church of the Assumption in Manchester. He was officially incardinated into the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1980 and would continue to serve in parishes around the Archdiocese, including St. Dominic Church in Southington and St. Mary Church in East Hartford. In 1992, Fr. Laliberte would be assigned as Pastor of St. Teresa Church in Woodbury, where he would remain until his retirement from active ministry in 2001.
Father George knew at an early age of his vocation to the priesthood. At the age of seven he would set up the kitchen table as an altar and proceed to celebrate the Mass and deliver his homily to a congregation of one, his younger sister Yolanda, age four at the time.
When Father George left the missionary life and became a priest in the Archdiocese of Hartford his parents and family were so happy.
The family worked every day to make up for the many years away in the missions.
Father George would spend his day off every week with his parents where his Mom would indulge him with his favorite meals and desserts.
And then there were the many Baptisms, First Holy Communions, Weddings and Funeral Masses performed by Father George for his family members.
Upon his retirement from St Teresas Parish his parishioners gifted him with a personalized golf cart. He enjoyed so many rounds of golf with his numerous golfing buddies in Sun City, FL. He was so blessed to have so many friends.
Father George was predeceased by his parents Albany and Annette Laliberte and his sister Yolanda Fournier.
Left to honor his memory are his brother Paul Laliberte and his wife Deborah, his sister Shirley Diaferio and her husband Joseph and his brother-in-law J. Andre Fournier.
In addition he leaves numerous cousins and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Due to COVID restrictions a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Chapel of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT, officiated by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford and attended by his fellow priests.
The family will schedule a Memorial Mass at a later date this year where family and friends can celebrate his life. Donations in honor of Father Georges memory can be made to a charity of your choice. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.CarpinoCares.com.