Saturday, September 12, 2009

Priest jumps off bridge in Rhode Island

The Rev. Dennis J. Rocheford, 60, who became pastor at St. Ann Parish in North Oxford July 1, jumped to his death in Rhode Island yesterday morning, according to Rhode Island State Police.

“Our focus is on prayers for him, for his family and for his friends,” Raymond L. Delisle, spokesman for the Diocese of Worcester, said this morning.

Rev. Rocheford, a longtime military chaplain, was on leave from St. Ann's and also had been serving at the Chapel of Hope at the Navy Base in Newport, R.I., according to Mr. Delisle.


Adoro said...

This is truly awful! Many prayers for him, and for all priests!

saurus said...

May to Lord bring him home. We need to support all Priests with our constant feedback that they are valued and loved.

belinda said...

Saurus , I couldn't agree with you more and we should extend that same kind of positive feedback with everyone that we come in contact with.

Perhaps church goers could reconsider their constant complaining about matters of faith and how the church should be ran to their Priests. I would imagine that constant complaining is crushing.
As a Mom, I can work endless hours serving family the best that I can but when they begin to complain about the quality of service that I am providing that's when I just wanna just walk away.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is so sad--I will pray for the repose of his soul.

Sanctus Belle said...

I recommend the soul of this poor priest to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Lord have mercy!