The Reverend Gordon R. Bienvenue

The Reverend Gordon R. Bienvenue


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Gordon Raymond Bienvenue, 74, of Athens, GA, who died on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.

Gordon was born on October 11, 1946 in Fall River, MA, the son of Raymond Bienvenue and Yvette Chouinard Bienvenue.

Following graduation from Monsignor Prevost High School in Fall River, Gordon attended the University of Massachusetts. He later received his MS at Michigan State University and his PhD in speech pathology and audiology at Pennsylvania State University. He served as a captain in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX.

In 1995 Gordon received his license to preach in The United Methodist Church. He attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and in 2001 became an associate member of the New York Annual Conference. Gordon served the following NY Conference churches: Germantown, Elizaville, West Taghkanic, & Glenco Mills UMCs; VanCortlandtville Community UMC, and Riverhead UMC.

Gordon and his family lived in New Paltz and attended the New Paltz UMC. One member recalled his being very spiritual and gentle; he led informative adult Bible study classes that helped her settle into learning to be a Methodist as she was joining the church.

Gordon retired in 2012, and after retirement he and his family moved to Athens, GA. There he was active with St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, leading the Rhythms of Grace service once a month, and teaching classes on icons.

He is survived by his wife, Katie Bienvenue; his children: Blaise; Breton and wife, Maria DiFrancesco; Danielle Bray and husband, John; and his grandchildren, Giona Bienvenue and Dan and Sadie Bray.

A memorial service will be held at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, 3195 S Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605 on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gordon’s name to St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church.