The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 6, 2014

Most Rev. Father Roland J. Faley, TOR

DUBOIS, PA. — FALEY – Most Rev. Father Roland J., TOR, 83, a noted Scripture scholar and author of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died Jan. 4, 2014, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, Pa. Born April 12, 1930, in Pittsburgh, and given the name James. He was the son of the late Gerald J. Faley and Ann McCann Faley Rees. He was a graduate of St. Bernard Grade School, Mount Lebanon, Pa. He attended St. Francis Preparatory School, Spring Grove, Pa., and graduated in 1946. Father Roland entered the Third Order Regular Franciscans in Loretto, on June 30, 1948. He professed his temporary vows on July 1, 1949, and his solemn vows on July 1, 1952. Father Roland was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop John M. McNamara, auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., 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, in 1952. He received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1957. He received a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from The Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy, in 1959. He received a doctorate in Sacred Theology with a Sacred Scripture concentration from the Pontifical Angelicum, Rome, Italy, in 1960. During his long and very faithful ministry, Father Roland served as follows: 1960-1970, on the faculty of St. Francis Seminary, Loretto; 1966-1969, he was rector of St. Francis Seminary, Loretto; 1971-1977, he was vicar general of the Franciscans Third Order Regular, Rome, Italy; 1977-1983, served as minister general of the Franciscans Third Order Regular, Rome, Italy, during this time the Third Order Regular Rule for the Brothers and Sisters was revised and promulgated by Blessed Pope John Paul II; 1983-1985, he served as parochial vicar at St. Michael Church, Bedford, Texas; 1985-1990, he was executive director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Cameron, Md.; 1991, he spent nine months in study and writing; 1991-1994, he was on the staff in the Diocese of Austin, Texas, working in Clergy Life; 1994-1999, he served on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, N.Y.; 1999-2000,  he worked in the foreign missions in Durban, South Africa, doing formation work and as pastor; 2000-2009, he was in residence at St. Edward the Confessor Church, Syosset, N.Y., while continuing his writing; 2009-2013, he was a resident of Vincentian Regency, Pittsburgh, where he wrote and was in the ministry of prayer; February of 2013, he went to Christ the King Manor, DuBois, where he continued in the ministry of prayer. Father Roland was a Scripture scholar and prolific writer not only of Scripture but Franciscan as well. 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; “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 provides a personal look at his life; and “To Come and See: Thoughts of Contemporary Religious Life,” 1985. During his lifetime, Father Roland received several awards: Portiuncula Citation given by The Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, 1982; Doctor of Humane Letters given by St. Francis University, Loretto, in 1985; The Monsignor George Denzer Memorial given by the Seminary of Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y., in 1997; and Master of Sacred Theology STM Degree, given by the Franciscans Third Order Regular, in 1999. Father Roland was preceded in death by nephew, Gerald Patrick Buchanan. Survived by sister, Sally Lou Faley Buchanan, Nashville, Tenn.; nephew, James L. Buchanan Jr., Old Hill, Va.; niece, Sally Ann Buchanan, Nashville, Tenn.; niece, Mari Beth Buchanan Meals, Pittsburgh; and several grandnieces and grandnephews; also his Franciscan brothers. Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Chapel of St. Francis Friary at Mount Assisi, Loretto, where a vigil service will be celebrated. Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. at Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of St. Francis University, with the Very Rev. Richard L. Davis, TOR, Minister Provincial as principal celebrant. Following the Mass, interment will take place at Franciscan Friars’ Cemetery on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto. Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired TOR Friars, c/o TOR Retirement Fund, St. Francis Friary, P.O. Box 137, Loretto, Pa.  15940. Arrangements by Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin. (

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