Pat deLadurantaye, mother of Fr. Paul deLadurantaye, dies

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Ann Patricia, "Pat," deLadurantaye, a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal and mother of Father Paul F. deLadurantaye, diocesan secretary for religious education and sacred liturgy, died April 2 of lung cancer. She was 81 years old. Her husband of 57 years, Deacon Robert E. deLadurantaye, died in February.

A wake will be held April 8 at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington from 7 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be offered April 9 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington at 10 a.m., and burial will be at Fairfax Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m.

Father deLadurantaye said the date of his mother's death carries special meaning as it is the same day Blessed John Paul II died. He was ordained in 1988 by John Paul II and his mother received Communion from the pope at her son's ordination Mass in Rome.

Pat was born Jan. 23, 1932, in Patterson, N.J., to Patrick and Ann McManus, one of three children. She moved with her family to Washington when she was about 6 years old and graduated from Scared Heart Academy in Washington. Following graduation she worked as a secretary for a congressman on Capitol Hill.

After a brief courtship, she married Robert deLadurantaye May 14, 1955.

Pat stayed home to raise her two sons while they were young and provided them with "a very loving" childhood, said Father deLadurantaye. He said his mother had a strong faith and always was involved in the church. "She made sure we knew our prayers and learned the faith," he said.

Once her children were in high school, Pat briefly worked at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington as secretary to the chaplain and then for more than 15 years in the school cafeteria.

With her devotion to the church, Father deLadurantaye said it was an especially joyful experience for his mother when he celebrated his first Mass at St. Mary Major in Rome following ordination and his father served as deacon.

Father deLadurantaye said his mother was easygoing, generous and charitable, as well as very sociable and outgoing. "She loved a good party," he said.

In addition to Father deLadurantaye, Pat is survived by her son Thomas J. deLadurantaye and her brother Lawrence J. McManus. She is predeceased by her parents and brother John P. McManus.

Contributions in her name may be made to the diocesan Vocations Office or the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Front Royal.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013