Retired Bishop Francis X. Roque, former military chaplain, dies at 90

By PATRICK ANDERSON | The Providence Journal, R.I. | Published: September 15, 2019

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (Tribune News Service) — Retired Bishop Francis X. Roque died Thursday at age 90, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence announced Saturday.

Roque, who was born in Providence and educated at La Salle Academy, had been auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for Military Services. Before that he was a U.S. Army chaplain serving in Vietnam, Korea and Europe. He retired with the rank of colonel, according to his obituary, and spent his final years at St. Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.

Roque also served as assistant pastor at Saint Luke Parish in Barrington from 1953 to 1956 and at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul in Providence from 1956 to 1961, his obituary said. He was ordained a bishop in 1983 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

"Bishop Roque was a good and gracious man who served God, his Church and his Nation with great distinction," Bishop of Providence Thomas J. Tobin said in a news release. " May he now rest in the perfect peace and joy of God's Kingdom."

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul, in Providence.

Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery in Cranston.

Read Stars and Stripes' 1983 story about Bishop Roque's appointment to serve the troops in Europe.

Read a 2018 profile of Bishop Roque in the Archdiocese for hte Military Services' "Salute" magazine here.

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