We have just learned that Father Paul Trinchard, of New Orleans, died on Saturday night or Sunday morning last following emergency surgery due to colon cancer. That cancer had been diagnosed as advanced metastatic only some three weeks previously.
Father Trinchard visited the Center in Richmond about 23 years ago. I knew him personally before that, as we are both from New Orleans.
Father suffered persecution from his former priest colleagues in the Society of Jesus (from which he canonically separated himself in the late 1980’s), and from the Archdiocese of New Orleans because he said the Traditional Latin Mass.
We are informed that Father Trinchard received the Last Rites. May God rest his soul.
“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they might be loosed from sins.” 2 Maccabees 12:46