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The Rev. Msgr. Howard Henry Hotard 1926 - 2013
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I have so many wonderful memories of OLL and Father Hotard. Christmas Eve mass was my favorite. I will hold you in my heart, always. Rest in Peace.
Monday, July 22, 2013
God speed on your next journey, Monsignor Hotart.
-The Touchard Family
Sunday, July 21, 2013
God gave my dear friend Howard the gift of being able to draw closer to Our Loving Father, all of those who had the privilege to meet or work with him. His words of counsel and example made an unforgetable impression on everone. May God grant him unending happiness in His Presence.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Fr Hotards masses were beautiful. You truly felt that you were in Gods presence when you attended his masses. His Christmas and Easter masses were his favorites and it showed. Paul and Gaye Lucker
Saturday, July 20, 2013
YOU WAS ONE OF THE BEST BUT YOU ARE IN A GOOD PLACE NOW REST IN PEACE FATHER
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I will miss Father Hotard, yet I am glad to see one of His servants receive the honor of sitting at His side.
Father was an awesome man and a true servant of God. I grew up around Father, as he was friends with my paternal grandparents. I remember many weekends at Father's house, playing with Johann the dachshund. After Gramps died in 1986, we did not see Father as much, but he made sure to stay in touch.
When Granny died in 2008, Father Hotard made sure to stop by St. Louis King of France to sign the guest book. I only wish I had had the opportunity to thanks him, to shake his hand.
My regret is that my son never had the chance to meet Father Hotard.

Rest in peace, Father. AMDG.
Friday, July 19, 2013
In our prayers
the Noto Family,
Joe and Shirley Noto
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I was your first alterboy at St. Matthias.Thanks to Fr.Frank Lipps ,he tried to teach me latin,but you still let me serve.RIP my dear friend
Thursday, July 18, 2013
In your presence, we all could feel your love and saintliness. You have left your imprint on all whose life you touched and we will all hold you in our hearts and smile in remembering your dry wit and we will FIND SOMEONE TO HELP! Go with God. We love you Father Hotard
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Thank you for your beautiful celebration of mass, you are the reason I am not lost today! I will never forget you. RIP
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A great man who helped mold all of my children . Taught all of us that we should Walk like Jesus, Talk like Jesus and Act like Jesus. He's greatly missed.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
So many great memories of OLL and growing up in Slidell as a result of my friendship with Father Hotard. As an former alter boy I look back with pride and realize how unique and special that parish was because of him. His sermons always ended with a great thought or interesting question to reflect on and they rarely ran over 10 minutes which was one of his "rules" to keep peoples attention. Special incense at holiday services always added a uniqueness to the mass. I am grateful that I had an opportunity to live, grow and participate at Our Lady of Lourdes. I remember my dad telling us the reason we moved to Slidell was because of the great school and the great church with the wonderful service, it was really something. Fr. Hotard made a big impression on my mom and dad, and I think of them often as they were part of that very special American generation. He had a deep knowledge of history, religion, and how to relate to people & kids. He created a special community. I wish my son and daughter could have met him. Rest in peace.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Father Hotard, I remember such reverence to the Mass at OLL in Slidell. Christmas & Easter were especially beautiful! Thank you for your help in my time of need and your service to so many.. "Find someone who needs you."
You are now glorified with God.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
We are grateful for the many years that Fr. Hotard served @ OLOL. The Christmas masses were always especially beautiful. His sermons were brief & very thought-provoking. We know he is enjoying his heavenly reward!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I will never forget the beautiful masses celebrated by Father at Christmas time at OLL. You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Words cannot express what you have meant to me and my family, especially my dear Mother, Mrs. Helen. You will be deeply missed.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Father Hotard will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful and caring person. As an alter boy under him a Sacred Heart in Lacombe, he greatly influenced my life as well as the lives of all he came in contact with. God Bless you.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Having served as an alter boy under
Father Hotard while he served at Sacred Heart in Lacombe, there is no doubt he will be greatly missed. He had a positive impact on all who came in contact with him. God bless you. We will miss you.

Michael Vallette
Ocean Springs, MS
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Remembering Father Hotard when I was a student at St. Charles Borromeo so many years ago. Such a kind and gentle man....and very funny. He will be remembered as the face of a true Man of God.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monsignor Hotard touched many lives. My parents and brothers were members of his parish in Slidell. Fr. Hotard was there for our entire family when our dad passed away. Rest in Peace...
Rosemary King, Lacey WA
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Our entire family had such an appreciation for Father Hotard while he was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes. He demonstrated such reverence, respect, and beauty in the act of worship. To this day we often talk of him and remember his impact on each of us.
The Montelepre Family
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It is with the greatest sadness that I bid farewell to Father Hotard. I cannot remember any other priest who demonstrated the breadth and depth of devotion and reverence to the Mass and the Holy Eucharist. Forever gone are those most beautiful and memorable Christmas and Easter masses at Our Lady of Lourdes which my wife, sons and I enjoyed for the 17 years before Father's retirement. Festina cum Deo, Monsignor.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Alfred C. Sarran, Jr.
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Slidell,LA

He was a friend, a gentleman an exceptional priest. He will be greatly missed.
Peace, Al.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
My son served as an altar boy under Father Hotard from 1994 through 2000. He was a person that truly touched peoples heart. I remember sitting at his last mass when he reitired and when he said goodbye their were many people that shed tears including myself. I can't imagine another priest like father Hotard. He will be missed.
Robert Lotz - Slidell, La.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
How Blessed We All Were For Having Known This Humble Servant Of God! Today He Is In Paradise!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Fr. Hotard was a great friend and pastor to both of us and our children. He married our daughter with a most beautiful ceremony as only he was capable of doing. Bobbie served as his secretary for many years. He will truly be missed by all of our family. Father, may you rest is peace. Gratefully Bobbie & Gene Leckie, Alexandria, La.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Other than my biological father Monsignor Hotard had the most positive impact on my life. He baptized our kids, gave them first communion and confirmation. Serving on the altar with him was a true honor and privelege. I will miss him but I know I will see him again. Eternal rest grant unto him Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
"Father" was a special man. I can remember my years as an altar boy at OLL. He was funny and witty always telling jokes. He was highly educated and always volunteered great advice. He was well traveled and always brought us back a small gift from each country he visited. He was a man's man and believed in hard labor. He believed that everything should be done "right". He was an "old school" parent to all of us altarboys and when we misbehaved he would pop us on the head with an old wooden hanger without warning. :) He was a good man and a great role model and strong influence for so many young men. I know I was lucky to have such a great influence and role model growing up.
I can remember doing countless funerals with Father in the 90's. He would always laugh and tell me "You and I will both be in that box at some point." He would also mention that you could tell folks who truly touched others' lives by the amount of people who came to their funeral and the stories that they would tell. I'll be at the wake tonight and will certainly have plenty of funny stories to tell! RIP Father.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Hotard family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
When I was in kindergarten I found out you were able to bless things. So I started bringing random things from my room like books, jewelry, and toys for you to bless after church all the time! You always just humored me and blessed all my stuff! Haha

You were a big part of my childhood. So sad to hear you are gone but so happy you live such a long, fulfilling life.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Thank you for all your many years of service for our Lord. I will always remember your saying the Mass in our beautiful church at Our Lady of Lourdes. May God hold you tight in his arms.
Monday, July 15, 2013
We will miss all of the interesting stories Msgr. Hotard shared with us. you were truly a gentle man! God bless you.
Monday, July 15, 2013
God has taken back one of his most faithful servants who taught us humility, devotion, and to find someone who needs us. He demonstrated faith, respectful devotion, and the ability to communicate powerful messages in five minutes or less. He left us with great memories of the most beautiful devotional services, the proper focus and respect for our Catholic tradition, and great family memories. R.I.P.
Monday, July 15, 2013
My dear friend, I will miss you always seeing you in your little truck going to and from abbey. You baptized my daughter,gave her first communion, and sold me my plot at the abbey. We came full circle together my friend. We would see each other often at the abbey and you would chuckle and say to me " glad to see your still above the ground" and we would both laugh!! Thank you for being in my life !
Monday, July 15, 2013
God blessed our lives with your love and leadership. We have such great memories of mass with Sam and Josh and all of Father Hotard's great alter boys, especially during Christmas and Easter.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Father Hotard was a good and faithful shepherd to Our Lady of Lourdes Church and school. It was a pleasure to have known him and to have worked for him.May he rest in peace.
Monday, July 15, 2013
My entire family extends our deepest sympathies to Father Hotard for his many years of unselfish service to the parishes, churches & congregations in Lacombe, Slidell and Metairie, Louisiana. Father Hotard through your long life of service enriched the lives of those that you touched. You made a difference in the lives of many. You are a good and faithful servant who touched many lives as a pastor, may you rest in peace.
You were loved and gave love and hope to others so freely with your words, caring spirit and loving heart.
May your cherish memories of your beloved brother provide comfort and support to your family now and always.

In Jesus name we pray,

The George W. Stokes, Sr. family
Monday, July 15, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Monday, July 15, 2013
You were a great man and friend Father. I know you are in a great place
Monday, July 15, 2013
How blessed we were to have Fr. Hotard as our pastor and friend at Our Lady of Lourdes. He was a source of quiet strength, wise advice and sincere caring. We recall how, at Christmas and Easter, he treated visitors to the baked goodies that Miss Helen made. And didn't he love nature! God bless you, Fr. Hotard,for all the good you have done. We will miss you.
Monday, July 15, 2013
A wonderful pastor who will be missed but whose great work we will never forget.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Father Hotard, you will be greatly missed. I have always remembered you when I was a student at St. Charles Borromeo. You were so easy and understanding to talk to . I was blessed to have known you. God Bless you.
Monday, July 15, 2013
GOD BLESS AND REST IN PEACE
Monday, July 15, 2013
Father Hotard has an intelligent, witty and fun-loving spirit that had been given to all who were blessed to be around during his temporary physical presence.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Msgr. Hotard...what a loss for all of us here on earth, but I can just imagine your grand welcome into Heaven, with all of the Church Triumphant in jubilation. Me and my husband will never forget how you were there for us when we tragically lost our son last year. You were a beacon of consolation and strength, and such a powerful and kind representative of Christ. We could never thank you enough for the solace you brought to us--good and holy man in the service of God's children. Thank you, Msgr. Hotard. Please still keep us in your prayers, Love,
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Msgr Hotard, you will be greatly missed. I will never forget everything you did for myself and my family, especially offering to give my grandmother Last Rites as she left this Earth after Mass on New Year's Eve 2000. Rest in Peace my friend.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Father Hotard you will be greatly missed. You were there for my Holy Communion and my daughters Baptism.I was very blessed to have know you,you were a wonderful Priest. May you RIP! Love Always
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Msgr. Hotard you will be greatly missed. Because of you I have many great memories to remember my days at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and School. I will carry your sprite with me and remember your Homilies for the rest of my life. Thank you Msgr. Hotard
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Msgr. Hotard was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed. We are deeply saddened by his passing.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Father Hotard you were a wonderful Priest! You were there for the Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation of my children. You helped me through one of the toughest times in my life! RIP Father you will be missed!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
God bless you, and may you rest in peace, Monsignor Hotard. Thanks for your many years of service to Our Lady of Lourdes! You will be greatly missed.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Thanks for making Our Lady of Lourdes such a special place and for the pageantry of the service. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
You will be missed. Thank you, Fr. Hotard.

Selika Lawton
Sunday, July 14, 2013
God Bless, You will be missed. Father Hotard was a good friend.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
In Heaven with the Lord. Enjoyed our friendship while you were at St. Charles Borromeo
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Rest in peace Father Hotard!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
RIP Father Hotard... I will cherish the memories...
Sunday, July 14, 2013
A wonderful priest who is now enjoying eternal happiness.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Msg. Hotard, we will miss all of the wonderful stories of your life that you shared. Rest in pest, you were truly a gentle man.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
As a former student and alter boy at Our Lady of Lourdes you will be missed by many....RIP. Father Hotard
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Goodbye Father! You were truly loved by me and so many others. You will be in my thoughts forever!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Very fond memories from my childhood of Father Hotard being a real part of our family. Gail greenwood
Sunday, July 14, 2013
As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for many years and to date, Msgr. Hotard was a wonderful priest and friend. His talents were exemplified by his administration of this parish. I truly miss the regimentation of his masses to this day. Rest in peace, Father.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Eva Paulette Spiehler Farnen. Father married my husband and I on Aug.13, 1970. we are still happily maried going on 43 years in Aug. what a loss but Father is in Heaven with the Lord now. I'm sorry for his loss to all his friend and family.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
You were a mentor and good friend. And a monastic at heart. Glad you're staying there 'at home'. John Cade
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Fr. Hotard was a very special and holy priest. He will truly be missed. R.I.P. Emory and Jeanie Hodges, Willow Park, Texas
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Goodbye my friend, I will miss you dearly.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
So sorry for your family's loss, I went to school and church there a many of years ago, he was w great man!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Good bye my friend, I will miss you dearly.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Fr. Hotard has inspired so many people in his life. He was a wonderful and holy priest. May he rest in peace.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Fr. Hotard has inspired so many people in his life. He was a wonderful and holy priest. May he rest in peace.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
A man of God whose heart was bigger than life itself. May he rest in peace.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
HE WAS A WONDERFUL SERVANT IN MANY WA






We have had a great lost in our parish and our hearts are heavy with grief. Job well done.
RIP
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Father Hotard was a wonderful pastor. I grew in my faith so much with his guidance. To me he was Our Lady of Lourdes Church. He was there for my family during some difficult times. He will be sorely missed ... RIP Father you're with the angels now.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
"Find someone who needs you", we will never forget you or your wisdom.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Fr. Hotard has inspired so many people in his life. He was a wonderful and holy priest who I had the honor to be married by him. Also, he consoled us with the passing of our father in 1995. He surely will be missed. Rest in peace and you will always be in our thoughts & prayers.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Tough to hear the loss of a great person who inspired many including myself to be a devout Catholic. I will never forget the honor and pride of being an alter boy at Our Lady of Lords Church. Deepest condolences, AJ & Jennifer Pickett, and Pickett family.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
You lived your life in and with the face of Christ and you helped form the faithful in the flock you were given through God. Thank you for the life and faith you shared with those of us you so deeply touched.
Friday, July 12, 2013
We have all lost a very dear friend. So many Grand Catholic masses, so many beautiful Christmas,and Easter Masses....so many family moments shared with him....we will never forget. Love and prayers, Mike and Rosalie and Family
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