Jesuit Father Clair M. Cazayoux, a former high school teacher and chaplain, died Sept. 30 in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. He was 88 years old, a Jesuit for 69 years and a priest for 56 years.
A scientist by training but a pastor by nature, Father Cazayoux was remembered at a Mass of Christian Burial Oct. 6 at St. Charles College Chapel in Grand Coteau. He was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery at St. Charles College.
A native of Baton Rouge, Father Cazayoux graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, attended Louisiana State University for two years and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 at Grand Coteau. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, in 1955 and then volunteered for the New Orleans Province Mission in what is today Sri Lanka. He was ordained to the priesthood March 25, 1962, at St. Michael’s College in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
He taught at Jesuit High School in New Orleans (1970-72) and then at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston (1972-75). From 1976-87, he was chaplain at the Southeast Louisiana State Hospital in Mandeville and then served two years as associate director at Ignatius Retreat House in Atlanta.
He spent his remaining years in parishes in New Mexico, Florida and Louisiana. He also served as superior of Ignatius Residence in New Orleans from 1996-2000. He retired to a ministry of prayer in 2010.
He was preceded in death by his brothers James and Joseph (Sacred Heart Brother Cosmas) and his sisters Vivian Blanche Cazayoux, Olivia H. O’Connor and Clara Adelaide Bondy. He is survived by his brothers, Francis and Robert, and his brothers in the Society of Jesus.
Memorial gifts may be made to the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus at 4511 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 or online at http://jesuitscentralsouthern.org.