83, a noted Scripture scholar and author of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died January 4, 2014 at Christ the King Manor, DuBois, PA. He was born on April 12, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA, 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, Mt. 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, PA on June 30, 1948. He professed his temporary vows on July 1, 1949, and his solemn vows on July 1, 1952. Fr. 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, PA 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, Fr. Roland served as follows: 1960-1970 on the faculty of St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA, 1966-1969 he was Rector of St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA, 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, TX, 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, TX working in Clergy Life, 1994-1999 he served on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, NY, 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, NY while continuing his writing, 2009-2013 he was a resident of Vincentian Regency, Pittsburgh, PA where he wrote and was in the ministry of prayer, February of 2013 he went to Christ the King Manor, DuBois, PA 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 Fr. Roland's experiences as a Franciscan friar priest, and a provides a personal look at his life, 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, OH, 1982, Doctor of Humane Letters given by St. Francis University, Loretto, PA in 1985, The Msgr. George Denzer Memorial given by the Seminary of Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY, in 1997, Master of Sacred Theology STM Degree, given by the Franciscans Third Order Regular, in 1999. Father Roland was preceded in death by a nephew, Gerald Patrick Buchanan. He is survived by a sister, Sally Lou Faley Buchanan, Nashville, TN; a nephew, James L. Buchanan, Jr. of Old Hill, VA; a niece, Sally Ann Buchanan of Nashville, TN; a niece, Mari Beth Buchanan Meals of Pittsburgh, PA; and several grandnieces and grandnephews, and his Franciscan brothers. Friends will be received at the Chapel of St. Francis Friary at Mount Assisi, Loretto, PA on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., when a Vigil Service will be celebrated. Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of Saint Francis University with the Very Reverend Richard L. Davis, T.O.R., Minister Provincial as principal celebrant. Following the Mass, interment will take place in the Franciscan Friars' Cemetery on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired T.O.R. Friars, c/o T.O.R. Retirement Fund, St. Francis Friary, P.O. Box 137, Loretto, PA 15940. Arrangements by GIBBONS FUNERAL HOME, 301 Church Street, Gallitzin.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 7, 2014