Father B. Buckle: His 50 Year Anniversary of Priesthood

Father Buckle is a native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.  Born on April 4th 1933, he grew up here, going to school at St. Bernard’s Academy.  This saint likely gave his name to the road on which the school stood, now the site of a Presentation Sisters building, Xavier House.  He worked at the Bowater paper mill for several years before going to study at St. Francis Xavier University.

After studying for four years, Fr. Buckle entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto in 1957. He was Ordained June 4th, 1961, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and Immaculate Conception by Bishop Michael O’Reilly, and went on to a faithful career.

He served in Stephenville first as a curate, and went on to serve in the Parishes at Lourdes, St. Alban’s, and returned to Stephenville as the pastor. He eventually moved to Benoit’s Cove, and finally to Curling where he served as the pastor for 14 years before retiring this past September. The current church in Lourdes, along with several schools there, were built under his pastorship,

He enjoyed every Parish, saying he was “never anywhere I didn’t want to be.” Drawn to the priesthood from an early age, his vocation blossomed during his studies at St. F. X.  The late Monsignor Hull was the first priest he asked about a calling to the priesthood, and always was encouraged.

In his retirement, Father Buckle continues to assist the Diocese through priestly ministry. He remains ever in our prayers, and his ministry stands as a testimony to his love of the Church.