BROOKLET - Father Robert Alan Girardeau, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Americus, died early Sunday in Americus.
Father Girardeau was born in San Diego, California, on November 25, 1962. His family moved to Bulloch County in 1976. He graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School and Georgia Southern University.
He was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Statesboro, where Father (later Monsignor) Lawrence Lucree was instrumental in his decision to enter the priesthood. He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and was ordained a priest in June 1993 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah by Bishop Raymond W. Lessard.
He served at the cathedral as parochial vicar from June to August 1993 and at St. James Parish in Savannah as parochial vicar from August 1993 to June 1998.
He served as parochial vicar at St. Mary on the Hill Parish in Augusta from July 1998 to June 2001. In July 2001, he was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waycross and its mission, St. Raymond's, in Alma. He was assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbus and its mission, St. Mary Magdalen, in Buena Vista in July 2003. He was assigned as pastor at St. Mary's in Americus in July 2008 and was given charge of its mission in Montezuma, St. Michael's, in October 2010.
He also served on the Presbyteral Council (2004-2007) and on the diocesan College of Consultors (2005 to the present).
Father Girardeau's father, Jerry Lynn Girardeau, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret Ford Girardeau; and four brothers, Paul Anthony Girardeau and his wife, Beth, of Marietta; Mark Allan Girardeau and his wife, Rosemary, of Brooklet; Brian Lynn Girardeau and his wife, Amanda, of Guyton; and Daniel Lynn Girardeau and his wife, Marie, of Savannah; and several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Americus.
A vigil service will be held from 5 -7 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Statesboro.
The funeral Mass will be held at noon on Thursday, March 24, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah followed by burial in the Catholic Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of the Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the
To pay your condolences online, please visit www.hancockfuneralhomeinc.com.
Hancock Funeral Home, 427 South Lee Street, Americus, Georgia 31709; phone: (229) 924-3645 is in charge of arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, March 22, 2011
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