The diocese mourns but many have fond memories of Msgr. Leo Leclerc.
The following testimonial is by Fr. Christopher J. Waitekus, Pastor of St. Ann Parish in Lenox
I was truly blessed to work and live with Msgr. Leo for six happy years at St. Rose de Lima Parish. Each day was a joy and he taught me so much about being a parish priest. He modeled for me what a true priest was.
I believe with all my heart that he was a saint on earth…walking among us, crying with us, supporting us, laughing with us and while being a holy priest was also a humble man.
A few days before he left the hospital, I was visiting him and I had to step out of the room so a nurse could perform a procedure on him. As I left and the nurse entered, I overheard the nurse say…”You’re a Monsignor?…would you like me to call you Monsigor or Father?” His response was, “Please… just call me Leo.”
Dear Leo, Holy Priest of God, Rest in peace.