In memory of
Rev. Dr. Mark Cordes Gasquet
In memory of
Rev. Dr. Mark Cordes Gasquet
On June 27, 2020, the Reverend Doctor Mark Cordes Gasquet, faithful priest of the Episcopal Church for nearly 59 years and a retired colonel of the United States Army, passed from this earthly existence to dwell among the angels in heaven. Throughout the years Mark relished storytelling and good Scotch – often together. He was a steadfast follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ and was deeply proud of the Anglican traditions that honor and respect the uniqueness of every human being. Born in Shreveport on April 24, 1934, Mark always made Louisiana his home, even as a life in active duty took him around the globe to many "garden spots" (as he would say). His experience tending to the souls and needs of infantry and officers alike as a military chaplain, particularly in Vietnam in the mid-1960's, shaped his sense of compassion and generosity for the remainder of his life. Mark's vocational formation began at the Louisiana State University, where he experienced a revelation at a celebration of the Easter Vigil with his beloved mentor Urban T. Holmes. He left LSU with a B.A. and proceeded to the Philadelphia Divinity School where he took his M.Div. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Girault M. Jones in October 1961 and was priested by Bishop Iveson Noland in June 1962. He ultimately completed a D.Min. in systematic theology from McCormick Theological Seminary and his vocation later expanded to address the needs of people suffering from substance abuse, culminating in a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from Somerset College. These intellectual pursuits supported him well in his long ministry as Rector of the Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans, from 1973 to 2000. An accomplished chef and vigorous gourmand, Mark loved softshell crabs and charbroiled oysters. He worked with chefs of the French Army while stationed in Berlin and later trained at Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz-Carlton in Paris and the Culinary Institute of America. As a later in life diabetic, he wrote a widely appreciated cookbook of over 200 recipes representing Creole and Cajun cuisine designed to meet the nutritional needs of diabetics. "A votre bonne santé!" was a common refrain before each meal. Mark's dynamic family includes his wife of 40 years, Marylin Hyatt Gasquet; daughters Frances Flowers Gasquet, Heather Terry Burglass (Bruce), and Dawn Terry Finkelstein (Jeff); sons John Cordes Gasquet, Clinton Caldwell Terry (Terri), Jeffrey Price Terry (Karen), and Ryan Neels Terry (Louis); and grandchildren Joshua Raymond Terry (Kimberly), Jordan Elizabeth Terry, Cameron Caldwell Terry, Caroline Mary Burglass, Emily Catherine Burglass, Joel Eastman Terry, Jacob Aaron Finkelstein, and Matthew James Finkelstein. A eucharistic celebration in honor of his life and witness will be held at a later date. May his soul rise in glory!
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In memory of
Rev. Dr. Mark Cordes Gasquet
On June 27, 2020, the Reverend Doctor Mark Cordes Gasquet, faithful priest of the Episcopal Church for nearly 59 years and a retired colonel of the United States Army, passed from this earthly existence to dwell among the angels in heaven. Throughout the years Mark relished storytelling and good Scotch – often together. He was a steadfast follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ and was deeply proud of the Anglican traditions that honor and respect the uniqueness of every human being. Born in Shreveport on April 24, 1934, Mark always made Louisiana his home, even as a life in active duty took him around the globe to many "garden spots" (as he would say). His experience tending to the souls and needs of infantry and officers alike as a military chaplain, particularly in Vietnam in the mid-1960's, shaped his sense of compassion and generosity for the remainder of his life. Mark's vocational formation began at the Louisiana State University, where he experienced a revelation at a celebration of the Easter Vigil with his beloved mentor Urban T. Holmes. He left LSU with a B.A. and proceeded to the Philadelphia Divinity School where he took his M.Div. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Girault M. Jones in October 1961 and was priested by Bishop Iveson Noland in June 1962. He ultimately completed a D.Min. in systematic theology from McCormick Theological Seminary and his vocation later expanded to address the needs of people suffering from substance abuse, culminating in a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from Somerset College. These intellectual pursuits supported him well in his long ministry as Rector of the Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans, from 1973 to 2000. An accomplished chef and vigorous gourmand, Mark loved softshell crabs and charbroiled oysters. He worked with chefs of the French Army while stationed in Berlin and later trained at Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz-Carlton in Paris and the Culinary Institute of America. As a later in life diabetic, he wrote a widely appreciated cookbook of over 200 recipes representing Creole and Cajun cuisine designed to meet the nutritional needs of diabetics. "A votre bonne santé!" was a common refrain before each meal. Mark's dynamic family includes his wife of 40 years, Marylin Hyatt Gasquet; daughters Frances Flowers Gasquet, Heather Terry Burglass (Bruce), and Dawn Terry Finkelstein (Jeff); sons John Cordes Gasquet, Clinton Caldwell Terry (Terri), Jeffrey Price Terry (Karen), and Ryan Neels Terry (Louis); and grandchildren Joshua Raymond Terry (Kimberly), Jordan Elizabeth Terry, Cameron Caldwell Terry, Caroline Mary Burglass, Emily Catherine Burglass, Joel Eastman Terry, Jacob Aaron Finkelstein, and Matthew James Finkelstein. A eucharistic celebration in honor of his life and witness will be held at a later date. May his soul rise in glory!
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