After 6 year absence, priest returns to Norco
Father Terry Becnel, who served as pastor at Sacred Heart from 2002 to 2003, came back to Norco as soon as he found out that his former church had an opening.
Becnel, who previously served as pastor at the church from January 2002 to July 2003, says that he’s happy to be back at Sacred Heart.
“I’ve always wanted to be a part of the parish priest ministry,” he said. “I enjoy dealing with people on a personal level and I look forward to working with our congregation.”
Becnel, a self-proclaimed country boy, was born in Vacherie, raised in Edgard and credits his roots for his desire to be at Sacred Heart.
“Our parishioners are good, down-to-earth people,” he said. “And I enjoy their cooperation and enthusiasm as members of Sacred Heart.”
Becnel, who replaces Father Terry Haydel, left the church in 2003 after he was asked by the Archbishop to take over as the executive director of the clergy for the Archdiocese.
“Terry (Haydel) replaced me when I left and now I’m replacing him,” Becnel said.
Ordained in 1964, Becnel first entered the seminary in 1953 and says that he’s served at many churches in the surrounding area.
“I’ve been pastor in Buras, Lafitte and in many other rural areas,” he said.
Sacred Heart will also celebrate its 50th anniversary as a parish on June 28.
“There are several events planned leading up to the church’s anniversary that Father Haydel planned,” Becnel said. “And I will abide by his wishes and see that his plans are carried out.”
Becnel, who mentions that his return to Sacred Heart has been a smooth transition, will be officially installed as pastor following mass on Sunday, March 8.
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