Father Didier’s Grave

Fr. Didier Gravephoto source

Last Saturday I drove up to Alexandria, to pray at Father Didier’s grave. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive from where I live, and it was a beautiful day for a drive. I mapquested the cemetery but had been unable to find information about the location of his grave. The cemetery is easy to find and pretty small.

As you can see in the photo of his parents, from the Echo Press, his grave is by the road in the cemetery; I was looking for the item in the left front of the photo, which houses a guestbook, pens  and prayer cards. I saw a rosary and a bunch of individual notes in there as well.

What isn’t shown in the photo, to the left and right of the pillar, is a matching park bench, made of stone. One is opposite Father’s grave, the other opposite the graves of family members.  Since I had parked coming in to the cemetery I didn’t see the Body and Blood of Christ depicted on the pillar.

I sat on the bench opposite his grave and prayed for the poor souls in purgatory, especially souls of priests. I also prayed for some priests I know as well as other intentions and wrote a note related thereto in the guestbook.

I don’t know, and may never know, if he interceded on behalf of anyone or any intention for which I prayed, but in some ways that’s incidental; my greatest motivation was to pray for the souls in purgatory.

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