Rev. Richard T. Ouellette MM

Rev. Richard T. Ouellette MM

Wednesday, April 8th, 1931 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Maryknoll Missionary

MARYKNOLL, NY — Rev Richard T. Ouellette MM age 88, passed away peacefully at the Assisted Living Unit at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center in Maryknoll, NY.

Rev Ouellette was born April 8, 1931 in Waterbury CT, the son of the late Rosario “Timmy” and Antoinette (Heroux) Ouellette. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Grammar and High School and after one year at Fordham University, he joined the U.S. Navy as the Korean Conflict had just erupted. Following his years in service, in 1955 he was accepted at Maryknoll to study for the priesthood and was ordained a Maryknoll Missionary priest on June 8, 1963. He began his mission work in South America; Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. In 1985 Rev. Ouellette served as the Executive Secretary for the Maryknoll General Council in New York but his heart remained in the missions so in 1987 he was asked to open a new mission in Bangladesh and became Vice Rector of St Paul’s Seminary in Dhaka. He returned to the U.S. for health reasons in 1994 where he did Mission Development work on the West Coast. In 1997, Rev Ouellette became the supervisor of the Senior Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers facility in Los Altos, CA. He retired in 2002 but continued to serve as Chaplain for the Maryknoll Sisters in Monrovia CA. Since 2010 Rev Ouellette has enjoyed his retirement, continuing his priestly duties. Rev Ouellette was committed to being a missionary disciple. He was especially proud of the work he did in Bangladesh where he helped build and staff a seminary to train local men to become priests and brothers. There he worked without electricity and the things we all take for granted and was truly doing God’s work. During his years in mission he would return home to Waterbury to visit with family and friends and assisted in local parishes including St. Cecilia’s, Sacred Heart his home parish, SS Peter & Paul and St. Francis Xavier. Although his love of the missions took him far and wide, he never forgot his home, Waterbury, CT.

Left to cherish his memory and honor his love and legacy besides his brother priests, brothers and sisters of Maryknoll are his sister, Rachel Mitchell of New Smyrna GA his sister in law Carolyn Ouellette of Santa Cruz, CA and his many local nieces, nephews and cousins in Waterbury. He was predeceased by his sisters, Sr. Blanche Ouellette RSM, Dorothy Casey, Claire DeBellis, and Gertrude Pryor and his brother, Thomas Ouellette.

Funeral services for Rev. Ouellette will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 when a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Queen of Apostles Chapel at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Center 55 Ryder Rd. Maryknoll, NY 10545. His grand- nephew, Rev Michael Casey will be the main celebrant with many of Rev. Ouellette’s brother Maryknoll priests as co-celebrants. Relatives and friends may visit with Rev. Ouellette’s family on Friday morning in the Lady Chapel at Maryknoll from 9:30 till 10:45 am. Burial will follow on the grounds of the Seminary. A local Memorial Mass for Rev. Ouellette will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1755 Stanley St New Britain CT. In lieu of flowers and to honor Rev. Ouellette’s work, donations to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers 55 Ryder Rd (P.O. Box 302) Maryknoll, NY 10545 are very much appreciated. Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home, 1987 E. Main St. Waterbury, CT 06705 has been honored to assist in the services. Memories last only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or personal memory with the Ouellette family on Father Richard’s tribute page at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
    Lady Chapel at Maryknoll
    55 Ryder Rd
    MARYKNOLL, NY 10545
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  • Service

    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 11:00am
    Queen of Apostles Chapel
    55 Ryder Rd
    Maryjnoll, NY 10545
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    Rev. Michael Casey
  • Interment

    Maryknoll Seminary
    55 Ryder Rd
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Linda Leach

Posted at 12:09pm
My name is Linda (Dickey) Leach. My Meme Mary (Ouellette)and Pepe Ernest Pinault were related to the Ouellettes.
I remember Father Dick came to visit my grandparents who lived with my mother and father Beatrice (Pinault) and Bertrand Dickey and said mass in our house and gave us communion. Father Dick was always a very special part of our family. He would always give us precious words of encouragement. He had such a strong faith, his gentleness and such a beautiful smile will be always remembered. "Well done, good and faithful servant..(Matthew 25:21)

Posted at 02:37pm
Father Richard (Dickie) Ouellette has been an inspiration to our whole family. From the time I was born our Heroux family was very close to the Ouellette family of Waterbury. I remember going to my Aunt Toinette and Uncle Timmy's whenever it was suitable. French songs were repeated and everyone enjoyed themselves. After I was married to Marie D'Amico at St. Lucy's Catholic church we prayed for Fr. Dick as he ventured out on mission trips. Fr. Dick was home when my youngest daughter, Nanette, was born in 1963, I asked Fr. Dick if he would perform his first Baptism ceremony for her. He was gracious. My entire family was interested in his missionary work. Marie and I visited him in California upon his return from Bangladesh. His priesthood has had a profound influence in our family's religious life. May he rest in peace.

Dianne Carrier

Posted at 10:14am
So sad to hear of Father Dicks passing, we have many memories to share. I remember going to my Aunt and Uncle on Wall Street to visit with them and my cousins , also going to Maryknoll for his ordination, babysitting for Dot , making cupcakes with Gert , she made great cupcakes. We also had a picnic at our home when we lived in Oakville, Ct with all our family and Father Dick attended, we had so much fun. We will always have those memories. We kept in touch over the years, sending Christmas cards, and we will always remember him as the Best Priest we ever knew. Till we meet again, rest in peace . Charles & Dianne(Heroux) Carrier and family

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Posted at 02:17pm
God Bless you Uncle Dick. Such a beautiful loving soul. We will miss you dearly. Love from the West Coast DeBellis Jr., Reilly and Lau families.
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Sr. VirginiaStuart

Posted at 10:36am
Many happy memories of a caring,warm and loving friend, May he Rest In Peace, Sister Virginia Stuart SNJM

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