Mr. Norm Laurendeau, O.P.

About Mr. Norm Laurendeau, O.P.

Norm Laurendeau was a lay Dominican and a semi-retired professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University who died in May 2012. He published and conducted research in the areas of energy and environment, with a focus of the use of lasers to monitor pollutants. He was a fully professed lay Dominican since May, 2006. While moderating the St. Mary Magdalene pro-chapter in West Lafayette, IN, he was instrumental in developing a lay preaching mission within chapter meetings and at communion services. He was also heavily involved in the science-theology dialogue, and explored the relationship between science and mysticism. In 2010, he chaired a conference on Energy and Religion for the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS). Most importantly, he was married to Marlene Carlos Laurendeau, who is a social worker and spiritual director. They lived in Brunswick, ME, near where Norm grew up. They wintered in Berkeley, CA, near where Marlene grew up.

Life is Never Over!

 
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter, based on Acts 14:19-28, John 14:27-31

(In memoriam. This preaching first appeared on the Word on May 24, 2011)

Paying Attention to the Small Stuff

 
Friday of the 1st week of Lent, based on Eze 18:21-28, Mt 5:20-26

Yoking to Jesus

 
Thursday of 15th week, based on Matthew 11:28-30

Life is Never Over!

 
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter, based on Acts 14:19-28, John 14:27-31

I Am!

 
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent, based on Gen 17:3-9, John 8:51-59

The Evolution of Temptation

 
First Sunday of Lent, based on Gen 2:7-9,3:1-7, Rom 5:12-19, Matt 4:1-11

Step-by-step faith

 
Wednesday of 6th week, based on Genesis 6:6-13,20-22, Mark 8:22-26

Perfect Love

 
St. John Neumann, based on 1 John 4:11-18

Dark night

 
St. John of the Cross, based on Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13, Matthew 21:28-32