Fr. Roger M. Fernando
Ordination:  August 18th
Birthday:  March 5th
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Fr. Roger Marcus Fernando, was born in Sri Lanka on March 5, 1948 He is the third of five children of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Fernando. He had his elementary studies at St. Roche’s Catholic School , and his primary education at St. Joseph Vaaz College in Sri Lanka. After his graduation to high school, it was then he 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. In 1967 he joined the “National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka” (Major Seminary) in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Where he completed his Philosophical and theological studies on Dogma, Moral, Scripture, Cannon Law, Liturgy and added to these major subjects were the other religions; Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamism etc. etc., even in major Seminary he was a very active student, and was elected Dean in year 1974.
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August 18, 1975 he was ordained to priesthood by his Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Marcus Fernando for the Diocese of Chilaw, Sri Lanka and celebrated his first Holy Mass in his home town Parish, St. Roche’s Church on August 19, 1975.
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Priestly Ministry;
DIOCESE OF CHILAW, Sri Lanka
1975 – 1977        Associate Pastor  
                            - St. Sebestian Church, Katuneriya, Sri Lanka
1977 – 1980       Pastor 
                            - St. Xavier’s Church, Kattakaduwa, Sri Lanka
                            - St. John the Baptist Church, Mangala Eliya, Sri Lanka
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In 1980, Fr. Roger was sent to the Pontifical University of Rome (Angelicum) for further studies in preparation of his future assignments the Rector of the St. Paul's Minor Seminary and Diocesan Vocation Director.

1983 - 1988        Rector,
                             - St. Paul’s Minor Seminary, Mrawila, Sri Lanka.  
                             Vocation Director,
                             - Diocese of Chilaw, Sri Lanka
1988 - 2000      Procurator General, (for two terms)
                             - Diocese of Chilaw, Sri Lanka.
                             Vocation Director,
                             - Diocese of Chilaw, Sri Lanka.  
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ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES, California
2000 – 2006    Parochial Vicar,
                            - St. Christopher Parish, West Covina, California
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ARCHDIOCESE OF PORTLAND, Oregon
2006 – 2007     Associate Pastor,
                             - St. Anthony’s Parish, Tigard, Oregon
2007 – 2011       Pastor,     
                             - St. Therese of Child Jesus  Parish, Portland, Oregon
2011 – 2014        Pastor,
                             - St. Mary Our Lady of the Dunes, Florence, Oregon

In preparation of his future, retirement, he moved to the serene and quite Eastern Oregon and joined the Diocese of Baker.
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DIOCESE OF BAKER, Oregon
2014 – 2016        Pastor,    
                              - St. Katherine of Siena Parish, Enterprise, Oregon
2016 – 2017        Parochial Vicar,   
                              - Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ontario, Oregon
2017 – to date    Pastor
                              - Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ontario, Oregon

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