The French priest has presented more than 65 Marriage Encounter weekends, in addition to Engaged Encounter, Choice and Retrouvaille weekends.

Singapore Marriage Encounter leaders Alphonsus and Cyrine Gregory presenting Fr Louis Loiseau with photo albums and holding placards expressing appreciation for his work.

More than 120 people crowded into the chapel at Mount Alvernia Hospital on Oct 26 to pay tribute to and celebrate Mass with Fr Louis Loiseau.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Singapore organised the celebration to express appreciation to the French priest for his dedication to the Marriage Encounter (ME) community, as well as the Engaged Encounter (EE), Choice and Retrouvaille movements in Singapore.

Since 1981, the Paris Foreign Missions priest has presented more than 65 ME weekends to more than 2,000 couples; and 65 EE, 35 Choice and 19 Retrouvaille weekends.

During the celebration held at the hospital, where the 90-year-old priest had been warded, participants held up placards with the words, “We love you Fr Loiseau”, and presented two photo albums of fond memories of him.

“Carry on loving,” Fr Loiseau said during the Mass. “I promise to smile to you in my heart till the end of my life, which seems to be not very far, but I smile. Thank you very much.”

Fr Loiseau has been in and out of hospital since last year. He is currently transferred to Assisi Hospice near the hospital.