Fr. Fred Valerian LaFrance OP

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Father Fred Valerian LaFrance, OP, a Dominican Friar known popularly as "Father Val" and known for his exceptional preaching died early Saturday morning, July 2 at Georgetown University Hospital after a sudden, brief illness at age 89. Born in Manchester, NH the son of Hon. Edward LaFrance and Odie Perry, he attended local schools in Manchester. He was a Veteran of WWII having served in the European Theater of Operation 1942-45. Following his honorable discharge he attended Providence College in RI and St. Joseph College in Somerset, Ohio and the Pontifical College of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. He was professed a Friar in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1951 and ordained a Priest at St. Dominic Church, Washington, DC in 1958. Following several assignments in Parish Ministries, "Fr. Val" dedicated his talents to full time preaching in churches throughout the country beginning in 1959 for 50 years. Funeral arrangements by Kalas Funeral Home, Oxon Hill, are: Reception of the Body at St. Dominic Church, 6th & E Street, SW on Wednesday evening July 6 at 7:30 p.m. followed by Office of the Dead. The Wake follows until 9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, July 7 at St. Dominic Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington following the Funeral liturgy. Contributions may be made in Father LaFrance's memory to the Dominican Center for Assisted Living, at St. Dominic Priory, 630 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20024 where Fr. Val was a resident. Online guestbook avaialble at:

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George P. Kalas Funeral Home, P.A.
6160 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 567-9424
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Published in The Washington Post on July 5, 2011
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