St. John the Apostle Parish
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Fr. ROGER MARCUS FERNANDO
Parish Priest
 
 

 

Fr. Roger Marcus Fernando was born in Sri Lanka on March 5, 1948. He is the third child of the five children of Mr. Paul Fernando and Mrs. Mary Emerlyn Fernando.


He had his elementary studies at St. Roche’s Catholic School in his home town, Hettirippuwa, Sri Lanka. After completion of his primary education, he joined Joseph Vaaz College run by Marist Brothers in Wennappuwa, Sri Lanka. After his graduation to high school, it was then he had decided to offer himself for God’s call as a priest.


In 1962 he joined the Diocesan Minor Seminary “St. Paul’s Minor Seminary at Marawila, Sri Lanka” and attended St. Xavier’s High School. This young seminarian completed his high school studies as well as his seminary formation successfully and gaining his first little title as the student leader, Monitor of the seminary in his final year.


In 1967 he joined the “Sri Lanka National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka”, Major Seminary in world heritage historical city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Where he completed his studies successfully. Having played an active student role, even here he was elected as the Dean of the seminary in year 1974.


August 18, 1975 he was ordained by his Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Marcus Fernando for Diocese of Chilaw, Sri Lanka and celebrated his first Holy Mass in his home town Parish, St. Roche’s Church on August 19, 1975.

 

Priestly Assignments and career:

 

Associate Pastor …..…   1975 – 1977

St. Sebastian Parish, Katuneriya, Sri Lanka

 

Pastor ………………..….   1977 – 1980

St. Xavier’s Parish, Kattakaduwa, Sri Lanka

St. John the Baptist Parish, Mangala Eliya, Sri Lanka

 

1980 – 1983

Sent to Rome for further studies; Pontifical University St. Thomas de Aquinas, commonly known as “Angelicum”. Where he earned his STL and BTh.

 

Rector …………………….  1983 – 1989

St. Paul’s Minor Seminary, Marawila, Sri Lanka

 

Procurator General …... 1989 – 2001

Diocese of Chilaw, Chilaw, Sri Lanka

 

Parochial Vicar ………...  2001 – 2005

St. Christopher Parish, West Covina, California

Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California

 

Parochial Vicar …………. 2004 – 2006

St. Anthony’s Parish, Tigard, Oregon

Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon

 

Pastor…………...........…  2006 – 2011

St. Therese Parish, Portland, Oregon

 

Pastor…………...........…  2011 – to-date

St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Dunes, Florence, Oregon

St. John the Apostle Parish, Reedsport, Oregon