65th Anniversary of Ordination

On April 8, 2016, Monsignor Roderick White celebrates the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Monsignor White studied at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto and was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of St. George’s in his home parish of St. Joseph’s in St. George’s by Bishop Michael O’Reilly on April 8, 1951.  He served in many parishes throughout the diocese, including the Cathedral Parish in Corner Brook, St. Ann’s Parish in Searston, Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Piccadilly, Assumption Parish in Stephenville Crossing, and St. Columcille Parish in St. Fintan’s.

Monsignor was a member of the Board of Consultors for the Diocese, a member of the Board for the Association of Roman Catholic School Boards, and represented western Newfoundland on the Board of Directors of St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s. Upon the resignation of Bishop McGrath in 1985, Monsignor served as Administrator of the Diocese of St. George’s and served as Vicar General from 1986-1990.  He was appointed Prelate of Honour, with the title of Monsignor, in 1978 by Pope John Paul 1.  He retired from active ministry in August of 1994 and lived in Stephenville for several years before moving into the Long Term Care facility in Corner Brook, where he currently resides.

Bishop Hundt, on behalf of himself and the people of the Diocese, extends congratulations to Monsignor White on 65 years of priestly ministry and expresses his gratitude for his long and faithful service to the Diocese. Monsignor White remains ever in our prayers, and his ministry stands as a testimony to his love of the Church.