Rev. Arthur J. Landroche, CSV, former pastor of St. Joseph Church in Springfield, IL and a teacher at St. Viator High School and College in Bourbonnais, IL, died July 13, 1963 at Our Lady of Arlington Novitiate in Arlington Heights, IL.  He had been in ill health for some time and had been living at the novitiate since his retirement in 1962.  He was 68.

Born February 3, 1895 in Chippewa Falls, WI, Fr. Landroche attended elementary school in Bourbonnais, IL and he studied at St. Viator High School and College there.  In 1914, he entered the Clerics of St. Viator. After his theological studies at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1923.

Fr. Landroche’s early years as a Viatorian returned him to his roots, as a teacher at St. Viator High School and College. His career there spanned from 1915 to 1930, and for many of those years he was in charge of training the young Viatorian brothers, as director of the Juniorate, and as assistant master of novices and as director of the Scholasticate.

He later served as assistant pastor at St. Viator Church in Chicago, St. Rose Church in Kankakee, IL and at St. Joseph Church in Springfield. In addition to his last pastorate in Springfield, he also had been pastor of St. George Church in St. George, IL and St. Anne Church in St. Anne, IL.

Visitation for Fr. Landroche took place July 14 at Hickory Funeral Home in Kankakee. The next day, his body laid in state at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Bourbonnais before his Viatorian confreres chanted the Office of the Dead that evening.

The funeral Mass took place July 16, at Maternity BVM Church, where the Rev. John W. Stafford, CSV, Viatorian provincial was the main celebrant and the Rev. William J. Cracknell, CSV, offered the homily.

Fr. Landroche was laid to rest in the Viatorian Community plot at Maternity Cemetery in Bourbonnais.


Taken from a press release from the Clerics of St. Viator, date unknown