Fr. Dominique de Lafforest from Brittany, France (on mission in Larchmont, NY)
Fr. Dominique was born and raised in Brittany, France (NW region of France). He studied in England and graduated from Sorbonne University in Paris in 1968. He began teaching English and Breton and remained a teacher for 12 years (1968-1980). He also worked in the field of journalism and was an avid painter.
In 1980 Dominique met the founder of the Emmanuel community, Pierre Goursat, on the Péniche. The Péniche is a houseboat on the river Seine that for quite some time, was the main headquarters of the Emmanuel Community and home to Pierre Goursat in Paris. It was through this meeting that Dominique rediscovered a small seed that had been planted in him years ago…the call to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
He went on to study Theology in Belgium (1984-1987) and was ordained a priest in Belgium on June 10, 1989. He served as pastor of the Sacred Heart Church in Uccle, Belgium from 1995-2004.
From 1994 he began to lead pilgrimages to his homeland of Brittany. With his history background he was able to reveal the richness of this region of France, a region rich in tradition and faith. He later became pastor in Vannes, France and served there from 2004-2012.
Today he serves as an Emmanuel Community priest on mission in Larchmont, NY at the parish of St. John and Paul with his brother priest Msgr. Thomas Petrillo.