A memorial Mass for Father Roland J. Faley, T.O.R., will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25 at the Church of St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset where the former faculty member of at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington once lived.
Father Faley, who was 83, died January 4, 2014 at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, Pennsylvania. A noted Scripture scholar and author, the priest of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, was born James Faley in Pittsburgh in 1930.
Father Roland entered the Third Order Regular Franciscans in Loretto, Pa., on June 30, 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop John M. McNamara at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on June 9, 1956.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from St. Francis College, Loretto; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from The Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a Sacred Scripture concentration from the Pontifical Angelicum, Rome.
Father Faley served on the faculty and as rector of St. Francis Seminary in Loretto. He was Vicar General and Minister General of the Franciscans Third Order Regular, Rome (1977-1983) during the time when the Third Order Regular Rule for the Brothers and Sisters was revised and promulgated by Blessed Pope John Paul II. He then served as parochial vicar at St. Michael Church in Bedford, TX, for five years before becoming from executive director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He worked on his writing and was on the staff in the Diocese of Austin, TX, before coming to Long Island to serve on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary from 1994 to 1999.
He then served in the foreign missions in Durban, South Africa, doing formation work and as pastor before returning to Long Island in 2009 where he lived at St. Edward the Confessor Church while continuing his writing. He returned to Pennsylvania to the Vincentian Regency in 2009 where he wrote and was in the ministry of prayer until moving to Christ the King Manor last February where he continued in the ministry of prayer until his death.
Father Roland was a Scripture scholar and prolific writer. He is popular for his “Book of Leviticus” in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, 1989; Footprints on the Mountain: Preaching and Teaching the Sunday Readings, 1994; and Reflections on Weekday Lectionary Readings, 2010.
Between Book Ends: A Reflection of 50 Years of Ministry, 2012, documents Father Roland’s experiences as a Franciscan friar priest, and a provides a personal look at his life.
During his lifetime, Father Roland received several awards including The Msgr. George Denzer Memorial given by the Seminary of Immaculate Conception in 1997.