Rev. Jimmy Jeanfreau Jr. is a carpenter, Latin American missionary, and pastor of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Marrero.
In a freak woodworking accident, the pastor of Marrero Catholic Church was killed.
The pastor of a Catholic church in Marrero was discovered dead on Tuesday, Nov. 29, after what the police have labeled a deadly woodworking accident. Around nine in the morning, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s pastor, the Rev. Jimmy Jeanfreau Jr., was discovered dead inside a carpenter shop on the church’s property.
According to the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s office, Jeanfreau, 60, looked to have been hurt and passed away sometime Monday night. The expert handyman and carpenter Jeanfreau, according to the authorities, seems to have been hurt while using a lathe. On Tuesday evening at six o’clock, a prayer vigil for the priest was scheduled. A stationary machine cutting tool called a lathe is used to shape metal or wooden objects into the required form.
A church official wrote in a message to parishioners,
“It is with great sorrow that I share the news of Fr. Jimmy Jeanfreau’s death,” “He died in a tragic accident sometime last night and was found this morning by members of the Immaculate Conception school staff. … This is indeed a shock.”
“It is with great sorrow that I share the news of Father Jimmy Jeanfreau Jr.’s death. Our beloved pastor died in a tragic accident sometime last night and was found this morning by ICS staff,”.
After receiving his priestly ordination in 1992, Jeanfreau worked as a pastor at a number of churches in the New Orleans neighborhood, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse, St. Catherine of Siena in Metairie, St. Luke the Evangelist in Slidell, and St. Jerome in Kenner in Metairie.
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According to the Clarion Herald, the Archdiocese of New Orleans newspaper, Jeanfreau was not only the pastor at St. Jerome, where he was assigned in 2006, but also the local handyman, working with parishioners to repaint the church, replacing the carpet with tile and wood floors, and refinish the pews.
A 2013 report said that the man “also erected a side chapel dedicated to Mary by tearing down a wall between the church and the parish hall, conducting the carpentry work himself.”
n addition, Jeanfreau served as the executive director of the Missionary Childhood Association and was in charge of the Pontifical Mission Societies of the archdiocese. According to Dudgeon, he oversaw missionary excursions to Bolivia and Nicaragua.
Jimmy Jeanfreau Jr. holds an American nationality and he belongs to the white ethnic group.