Reverend John A. Poerio

April 13, 1933 ~ October 26, 2023

LAKE CHARLES – The Reverend John A. Poerio, 90, a priest of the Diocese of Lake Charles, died Thursday, October 26, in Villa Maria Retirement Center. He had been a priest for 63 years.

Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with a Scripture Service at 6 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. from Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, as the celebrant and homilist. Visitation will recommence on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the church with a Rosary at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the Mass in New Bethany Cemetery located on the grounds of Saint Charles Center in Moss Bluff under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

Father Poerio, a native of Chicago Heights, Ill., was born April 13, 1933, to Peter and Rose Benedict Poerio.

He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Shirley and Angel Poerio along with nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents and siblings Mary Lou, Peter, and Joseph.

Father Poerio, the third of the four children, grew up surrounded by the influence of two uncles – Msgr. Michael Benedict and Msgr. James Benedict, priests of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and an aunt, Sr. Angela Benedict, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis. His sister, (Mary Lou), would also join a religious order Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, being known as Sr. Anthony Poerio, IBVM.

Retired. since 2003, Father Poerio served as associate pastor in the parishes of St. Margaret of Scotland in Lake Charles, St. John Cathedral in Lafayette, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Iberia, and St. Raphael in Iowa.

He was pastor to St. Lawrence in Raymond, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Oakdale, St. Raphael in Iowa, St. John Vianney in Bell City, and St. Mary of the Lake in Big Lake.


Visitation: Monday, October 30, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church


Scripture Service: Monday, October 30, 2023
6:00 pm

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
3939 Lake St.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
3939 Lake St.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
10:00 am

Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church


Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
11:00 am

Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church


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  1. Remembering Fr. John fondly as pastor of St. Raphael’s in Iowa. He really could “walk the walk”. He was truly Christ-like. How blessed we were to have been given an example by him. We know that you will be about your Father’s work again in Heaven. Thank you for having touched us.

  2. Father John said the funeral mass for my grandma at Sacred Heart Church in 1985. Very nice priest with a sweet demeanor. Rest in Peace Father John.

  3. Candle 2What a blessing he was when he would say mass at ST MARTIN DE PORRES church. Always loved his sweet smile!
    RIP Father John

  4. Fr. John was a wonderful priest. We all loved him when he was in G.L., all the CCD kids did also, he married Kristi & Raymond, a Confirmed Keri, my whole family loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed. Such a sweet & kind man of God. May he fly high with the Angels & saints on the holiday of All Saints & All Souls. RIP my beloved friend

  5. Candle 8Fr. John was my Angel on this earth. He was truly a blessing to this world. The most gentle, Christ like human I have ever known. I will miss him dearly. R.I.P. my sweet friend.

  6. Father John was the best priest St. Lawrence in Hathaway had. He was able to pay off the church debt, then saved enough money to build a new church in Raymond, combing the Hathaway and Pine Island churches. He was so inspiring to youth of the church Parish. I have so many great memories of Father John, from my high school years through adulthood. He was always an encouragement. May you rest in peace.

  7. Candle 6Fr. John Poerio was at St. John’s Cathedral when I was a student at Mt. Carmel High school in Lafayette. He was instrumental in beginning St. Mary’s Club that created a bond of love between St. Mar’s Home and our high school. As students, we became tutors and “big sisters” to the children there. It forever impacted my life. A loving shepherd to So many. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

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