Categories: General Date: Jul 14, 2019 Title: MONSIGNOR RODERICK WHITE
The diocese is saddened today by the death of Monsignor Roddy White. Monsignor passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at the age of 95 at the Long term Care Facility in Corner Brook. He had retired from active ministry in August of 1994, and lived in Stephenville until entering Long Term Care.
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.
Our sympathy is extended to his brother priests, extended family and friends.
Visitation will take place at St. Joseph’s Parish Church, St. George’s on Monday, July 15, from 2-5pm and 7 -9 pm, with the Vigil beginning at 8pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. George’s on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m with Archbishop Peter Hundt presiding.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.
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.
Monsignor White had two great passions – music and history. During Bishop Hundt’s visits he would join with him in singing Salve Regina. On the occasion of the 100thAnniversary of the Diocese of St. George’s in 2004, the diocese published “Pioneer Days and Pioneer People in the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. George’s, NL” written by Monsignor White.