With a legacy spanning 50 years, Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, Father Roland Nadeau is genuinely grateful for his time as priest. “Thank God for the blessings he has given me,” he said. Ordained at the age of 25 on Oct. 11, 1969, at St. Cecilia Parish in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Father Nadeau went on to serve on a variety of committees and agencies. He dedicated his life to the Lord since he was a child attending Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and later graduating from the University of Ottawa.
“I remember clearly in high school seminary thinking to just take one year at a time. (See) the green light at the end,” Father Nadeau said, adding he entered the priesthood because he was “attracted by the role models” that the priests provided. “The role of a priest makes for a much-trusted companion, a confessor.”
Father Nadeau’s motivation is his ability to help others in the Catholic faith. Assisting with the Sacraments, especially “marrying the young adults,” allows him to practice his devotion to the Lord by bringing Catholics together in Christ. Another way Father Nadeau helps is by giving advice that encourages young men to begin the process of priesthood. “Root your decision-making in prayer,” he said to the hopeful men who contemplate entering seminary. “The integrity of a priest has got to be a solid rock for any person considering the priesthood.”
He regarded the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church as a “blessing in disguise.” In this time of global crisis, “it has made people more appreciative of their priests,” thereby improving the significance of people looking to become future priests. “We need to find a way to regain the trust of the people,” he said of the current state of affairs in the Catholic Church. “Trusting our bishops,” will continue to raise the integrity of the Church. “I am happy with the Orlando diocese. Bishop Noonan is doing a good job.”
These days, he serves as pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Orlando. Anyone wanting to mingle with Father Nadeau outside of the parish might want to take up riding motorcycles. Soaring on his Honda Goldwing as he “tours the Florida streets with other bikers who are wonderful people of Christian groups” is how he spends his free time, having traveled the country nine different times. “That has been my vacation for several years now,” he said. “These people have become great friends.”
By Jean Gonzalez and Maurice Beaulieu of the Florida Catholic – March 2019
Chrism Mass – April 17, 2019
Bishop Noonan invites all the faithful to join the celebration of the Chrism Mass on April 17, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Mass will be livestreamed via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/orlandodiocese/) and http://live.orlandodiocese.org/. During the Mass, Bishop Noonan will consecrate the holy oils used in Sacraments and other celebrations during the year, priests will renew their priestly commitment and jubilarian priests celebrating 25 and 50 years anniversaries of Ordination will be honored.