Detailed Biography

Father Roger J. Landry is pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Fall River, Massachusetts and national chaplain for Catholic Voices USA.

He’s a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, and honored to be the son of Roger and Midge Landry, the twin brother of Scot, the big brother of Greg and Colleen (McDermott), a proud uncle of 7 and Godfather of  7. He grew up at St. Michael’s Parish where he received his sacraments, served at the altar and worked at the rectory.

He attended Lowell High School where he was the valedictorian of the Class of 1988 and three-year captain and top singles player for the Lowell High Tennis Team.

He is a member of the 1992 class of Harvard College, where he graduated with a biology degree. During his university studies, he worked for four years at Massachusetts General Hospital researching the circadian neuroendocrine control of metabolism and immunology in the laboratory of Anthony Cincotta, Ph.D.

During his years at Harvard, after the magazine he co-founded — Peninsula — started to receive national attention as a result of controversies generated by it, Father Landry received political training from Virginia’s Leadership Institute, which he put to use first for the campaign of Congressman Frank R. Wolf from Virginia and then as the executive director of the Conservative Leadership Political Action Committee, a small PAC that focused on identifying, training and placing young people onto hotly contested congressional and senatorial campaigns in which the pro-life cause was at issue.

After being accepted by Bishop Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., as a seminarian of the Diocese of Fall River on August 4, 1993, he did his philosophical preparations for the priesthood at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD (1993-1994) and St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto (1994-1995). For his theology studies, Bishop O’Malley sent him to the North American College in the Vatican, where he studied at the Angelicum (1995-1996), the Gregorian (1996-1998) and Lateran Universities (1998-2000).

Father Landry was one of the six seminarians profiled in the 1997 book The New Men: Inside the Vatican’s Elite School for Priests by Brian Murphy.

He was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Edmund Szoka at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on October 8, 1998 and a priest by Bishop O’Malley at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Fall River on June 26, 1999. After ordination, he returned to Rome to complete advanced degrees in moral theology — specializing in marriage, family and sexuality issues — and bioethics. While in Rome, he was for several years an official Vatican guide to the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica (the Vatican Scavi where St. Peter’s tomb was discovered in 1941), did a multipart series for Vatican radio on the principal Churches of Rome and has led thousands of pilgrims to the other major Christian monuments in the city.

Father Landry has served as parochial vicar of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Fall River (summer of 1999), parochial vicar at Espirito Santo Parish in Fall River (2000-2003), chaplain at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River (2000-2003) and parochial vicar at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hyannis (2003-2005).

In June 2005, Bishop George Coleman named him pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford and executive editor of The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River. In 2012, Bishop Coleman named him to be the founding pastor of the new parish of St. Bernadette in Fall River, formed out of the merger of Notre Dame and Immaculate Conception Parishes.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Landry has regularly led pilgrimages of parishioners, seminarians, religious, journalists and businessmen and women, to Rome, the Holy Land, European sanctuaries and other sacred destinations. He has also given many retreats and workshops to priests, deacons, seminarians, various communities of women religious, university students, confirmation classes, lay faithful and parishes.

In 2004, with Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, he founded the Donum Vitae Center for Bioethics, in order to make Catholic bioethical teaching accessible to non-specialists.

He writes for many Catholic publications, including a weekly column for The Anchor and frequent articles for The National Catholic Register. He appears regularly on various Catholic radio programs, including The Good Catholic Life, The Drew Mariani Program, Catholic Answers Live and others. He was an on-site commentator on Raymond Arroyo’s Conclave Crew for EWTN’s coverage of the conclave that elected Pope Francis, where he also appeared each day on the BBC and wrote an 18-part daily column for The New Bedford Standard Times.

In 2012, he was named the national chaplain of Catholic Voices USA.

He speaks, to various degrees of fluency and with an inimitable New England accent, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and Latin, and can read some German and Biblical Hebrew and Greek.

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