HOFFART – The death of Father Louis Hoffart, OMI, occurred peacefully on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Saskatoon. Father Louis was born in Kerrobert, SK, on March 25, 1932, to Theresa (Zahn) and Bernard Hoffart. He grew up and went to school in Tramping Lake, SK. He entered the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1954 and professed his First Vows on September 8, 1955. After attending Holy Rosary Scholasticate in Ottawa, ON, Father Louis was ordained to the ministerial priesthood on June 17, 1961, in his hometown of Tramping Lake. From 1962-1981, Father Louis served as a missionary in Peru. Returning to Canada, he was pastor in communities in Alberta and British Columbia. In 2004, Father Louis returned to his Saskatchewan roots and was pastor in Lanigan before he moved to Mazenod Residence in 2009, and then to Trinity Manor.
Father Louis was known for his kind and gentle manner. He had a devotion to Mary, was sought out as a confessor and friend, and was beloved by many. It was fitting that he died on the Feast of the Birth of Mary, on what was his 63rd anniversary of religious life.
Father Louis was predeceased by his parents Theresa and Bernard Hoffart, his brothers Stanley, Frank, Martin and infant Joseph, his sister Sophie Brandle, and his nephew Louie Hoffart. He is survived by his brother Oblates of OMI Lacombe Canada - Saskatchewan District Community, his sister Lillian Reiter and her husband Bob Reiter, his sister-in-law Annie Hoffart, his brother-in-law Johnny Brandle and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Prayer will be held on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:00pm, Father Paul Fachet, OMI, presiding. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 13, 10:30am, Father William Stang, OMI, presiding. Father Maurice Schroeder, OMI will deliver the homily. Both services will be held at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street, Saskatoon, SK. The interment will take place at the Oblate cemetery in Battleford, SK on Thursday afternoon.
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