Obituaries | The Reverend Armand V. Ventre, 67, of St. Ann Rectory, Cranston Street, Senior Priest of the Diocese of Providence, Died Yesterday in St. Ann Rectory

Providence Journal-Bulletin
December 29, 1999

Born in South Bellingham, Mass., he was a son of the late Antonio and Marguerite (Choiniere) Ventre. Father Ventre attended Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket. He completed studies for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, and studied two years at the Seminary of Philosophy in Montreal, Canada. He studied theology for four years at the American College in Louvain, Belgium, where he was ordained a priest on June 30, 1957 by Archbishop Henry J. O Brien.

After a brief assignment as assistant pastor at St. Jude Church in Lincoln, he was appointed a professor at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in 1957. The following year he served as assistant pastor at St. Paul Church in Cranston, and from Sept. 1958 at St. Patrick Church in Harrisville.

In June 1959 he was appointed teacher and chaplain at Mount St. Charles Academy and remained there until May 1972 when he became part-time assistant at St. Luke Church in Barrington, and director of the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Providence.

In June 1974 he was transferred as part-time assistant to St. Teresa Church in Pawtucket, and part-time chaplain at St. Raphael Academy.

In 1980 he was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Help in Mapleville. After a leave of absence in 1985, he took part in a program of Continuing Education in Spirituality at the University of Notre Dame. In June 1987, he was appointed interim chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Providence, and then chaplain at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, where he served until December 1, 1999, retiring because of illness.

In addition to his pastoral duties, he also served as a member of the Council of Priests in the Diocese of Providence since June 1996.

He leaves two brothers, Gerald P. Ventre of North Smithfield and Raymond J. Ventre of Marquette, Mich.; a sister, Elaine Lambert of Woonsocket; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late David and Gerard Ventre.

The funeral will be held Friday at 8:45 a.m. from the Egidio DiPardo and Sons Funeral Home, 75 Harris Ave., Woonsocket, with a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Church Street, Slatersville. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery, Blackstone, Mass.


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