Published in The Advocate from 6/19 to 6/20/2009
A Mass of Christian
Burial for the Rev. Ken Roy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, June
20, 2009, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandira, with Bishop Ronald
P. Herzog, the Rev. James Roy, the Rev. Craig Scott, the Rev. James Ferguson,
the Rev. Chad Partain and fellow priests from the Province of Louisiana.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. Saturday until service time.
Interment will be in Maryhill Cemetery, Pineville, under the direction
of John Kramer & Son.
The Rev. Ken Roy died unexpectedly at his home in Alexandria on Tuesday,
Father Roy was a former educator, minor league baseball umpire and, at
the time of his death, a Catholic priest for the past 31 years.
Born on Dec. 8, 1941, in Mansura, Father Roy was a 1959 graduate of Mansura
As a member of the U.S. Air Force, Father Roy served in San Antonio and
Amarillo, Texas, from 1959 to 1963.
He obtained a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University
in Hammond. Thereafter, he taught school in Avoyelles Parish at Marksville
He then went on to attend Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and Assumption
Seminary in St. Antonio and was ordained into the priesthood on Jan. 7,
After ordination he went on to serve the diocese in a number of parishes
and special ministries.
Father Roy served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Church, Marksville,
St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria, St. Mary of the Pines Church,
Shreveport, and St. Winnifred Church, Effie; as vocations director for
the Diocese of Alexandria from 1987 to 1991; as pastor of Christ the King
Church, Bossier City, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Fifth Ward, Immaculate
Conception Church, Natchitoches, and Sacred Heart Church, Pineville. Father
Roy also served as chaplain and director of the department of religion
at Holy Savior Menard High School and as dean of the Natchitoches Deanery
during his tenure at Immaculate Conception.
During his time at Immaculate Conception, he led a major restoration project
of the historic church, which has recently been elevated to status of
minor basilica by Pope Benedict.
Father Roy's most recent assignment was as president of Holy Savior Menard
High School and vicar general of the diocese. In 2001, Father Roy was
awarded the St. Vincent de Paul Humanitarian Award, an award given in
recognition of service to others.
Father Roy most notably served the poor and the imprisoned. He was instrumental
in opening the Helping Hands Soup Kitchen while pastor of Immaculate Conception
Anyone who knew Father Roy knew he was an avid fan of the New York Yankees
and the New York Giants. Father Roy truly enjoyed watching and attending
sporting events, which stemmed from his career as a minor league umpire.
In addition, Father Roy truly enjoyed traveling, especially the numerous
cruises he embarked upon while serving as chaplain on those same cruise
Father Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Abner Roy and Rose Couvillion
Roy, who were of Mansura; and siblings, Adrienne Roy, Roberta Guarnieri,
Louis Abner Roy, Raymond Roy, Juanita Nettleton, Shephard Roy, Kyrle Roy
and Barbara Barnett.
Father Roy is survived by his brothers, the Rev. James Roy, of Alexandria,
and Harold P. Roy, of Baton Rouge; and a sister, Perrie Blackledge, of
Baton Rouge. In addition, Father Roy is survived by numerous loving nieces,
nephews and many close, lifelong friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sister Nancy Auster, director
of Indian Missions, at P.O. Box 432, Pinon, AZ 86510 and/or Glenmary Sisters,
P.O. Box 22264, Owensboro, KY 42304-9983.