Father Roger Landry
Father Roger Landry works for the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York. Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1999, he is the former pastor of St. Bernadette Parish (2012-2015) in Fall River and of St. Anthony of Padua Parish (2005-2012) in New Bedford, MA, and the former executive editor of The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River (2005-2012). He is an alumnus of Harvard College and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he did graduate work at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He was an on-site commentator for EWTN’s coverage of the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis, appears often on various Catholic radio programs, and is national chaplain for Catholic Voices USA. He regularly leads pilgrimages to Rome, the Holy Land, Christian Europe and other sacred destinations and preaches several retreats a year for priests, seminarians, religious and lay faithful. He lectures widely on the thought of Popes Francis, Benedict and John Paul II, especially John Paul II’s theology of the body, writes for many Catholic publications and is the author of the new book Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God.
Fun Facts about Father Landry
· He is an identical twin
· Trained as a biologist and was planning to become a medical doctor if God didn’t call him to the priesthood.
· First began thinking about the priesthood at 4, blown away by the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
· Played tennis for Harvard
· Speaks six languages, all with a beautiful New England accent
· Named a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis (one of 1142 in the world)
· Loves playing the piano and organ and used to play the clarinet in youth orchestras
· Was an on-site commentator for EWTN’s Conclave Crew for Pope Francis’ election
· Once memorized 750 pages word for word in a day and freaked out his high school history teacher