Rev. Ferreolus M D'Cruz

  • DIED: April 3, 2013
  • LOCATION: Tallulah, Louisiana

Rev. Ferreolus M. D'Cruz, pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Tallulah, La. passed away April 3, 2013 at Madison Parish Hospital after an apparent heart attack. He was 81.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 5 from 4 - 8 p.m. at St. Edward Church, located at 204 Hwy 80 East in Tallulah, with a Christian Wake Service with prayers of the Office of the Dead at 6 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial, with Bishop Ronald Herzog as the main celebrant, will be held Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Church. Additional seating will be available in St. Edward Parish Hall.

Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in the Priests Cemetery at Maryhill Renewal Center in Pineville.

Father D'Cruz, originally from India (Trivandrum, Kerala), was ordained a priest on Oct. 3, 1959 in Pune, India. He came to the Diocese of Alexandria in 1991, where he temporarily served in sacramental ministry at St. Patrick Church in Ferriday and its missions of St. Gerard in Jonesville and St. Francis of Assisi in Waterproof.

After serving briefly as a chaplain at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, he was assigned to St. Francis de Sales in Echo as pastor and served there from 1992-1997. In 1998, he was assigned to St. Edward Church in Tallulah, where he served as pastor until his death.
Father Ferre was a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, and served as Vicar Forane from 2006-2011. He is survived by a niece, Cyndy Raj Bennett, of New York.


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