Rev. Horace Louis Brignac Jr.
1935 - 2020
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Reverend Horace Louis Brignac, Jr. (H.L.) passed away on Thursday morning, April 16, 2020 at the age of 85. Son of the late Horace L. Brignac and Ethel Marie Cocke Brignac. Survived by brothers Ronald L. Brignac and George F. Brignac, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his sister, Janice Grillot and brother Jacques (Jack) Brignac. Brother-in-law to Jacqueline Carron Lowe and Susan Beyer Brignac, and the late Roxanne Montreuil Brignac. Fr. Brignac was born on January 6, 1935. He entered Notre Dame Seminary in September 1979 at the age of 45. He was ordained in St. Louis Cathedral at the hands of Archbishop Philip Hannan on May 14, 1983. He served as a deacon at St. Mark in Chalmette in 1982. He was an associate at St. Mary Magdalen in Metairie from June 1983 to June 1989, and St. Benilde from June 1989 to January 1993. He also served at St. Ann from June 1993 to January 1994. He served as the pastor of St. Raphael Parish from 1994-2005. He was retired from the active priesthood on January 1, 2006. He was an active associate at St. Benilde, which he embraced as his family in his retirement. He worked for the State of Louisiana for 18 years, with the last 7 years as a Personnel Officer for the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He served in the U.S. Army for 11 years, active and reserve. He was a 1958 graduate of Loyola University and the first graduating class of De La Salle High School in 1953. Fr. Brignac was invested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchure of Jerusalem in May 2001. He was a Knight Commander. He received the Signum Fidei Medal from De La Salle High School in 2010 and the St. Benilde Medal in February 2015. Services will be private. An online guestbook is available at

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Published in The Times-Picayune from Apr. 21 to Apr. 26, 2020.
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April 23, 2020
My husband and I loved Father Brignac. We are thankful to him for marrying us over twenty years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family right now. He will be missed.
Katherine Lorio
April 23, 2020
April 22, 2020
Fr. H L was truly a comfort to me and my family for so many years that attending St. Benilde without him will cause a loss in my heart but heaven will rejoice he has joined the angels and saints. I know Jesus was smiling when he opened the gates for this man. RIP dear father!
Sylvia Landry
April 21, 2020
I first met Fr. H.L. when he hired me at the La. Wildlife and Fisheries on Royal St. He later served as my Parish Priest at St. Benilde and councilors me during my Law Enforcement career with J.P.S.O. He was a dear sweet man. Rest in Heavenly peace.
Lucretia Impastato
April 21, 2020
I knew H.L. when we both were working at Wildlife & Fisheries way back in the late 1970s. What a super-nice and kind gentleman. He helped me out many times back then. My condolences go out to his family.
Thomas Trenchard
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