On April 22, 2021, Father Roger Lacharité, S.S.E., passed away at the age of 93.
Known affectionately as “Father Roger” to generations of those seeking help from the Edmundite Missions, he served as the Missions Director for 26 years, from 1980 until 2006.
During his tenure, he dealt with the closing of the Good Samaritan Hospital after the integration of medical services. Not deterred by the changing of the times and committed to serving those in need, he opened up a series of rural clinics (Now known as Alabama Rural Health) to serve those in poverty throughout the Blackbelt. Through these clinics, the Missions learned of other needs our clients had and Father Roger began working to serve those needs as well.
In 1986, Father Roger began operating the Bosco Nutrition Center. 45 years later, his legacy lives on through the services provided at Bosco, which serves approximately 1,000 meals each day and served over 340,000 meals in 2020 alone.
Understanding the importance of bringing donors into the Missions family to support our vital work, Father Roger became a fundraiser who excelled at building relationships with our donors across the country. Today the Missions has well over 60,000 donor-partners throughout the United States that help sustain the lifesaving ministries of the Missions.
“Father Roger’s legacy will always be such a large part of the Missions story.” said Chad McEachern, current Missions President & C.E.O. “As leadership of the Missions has changed hands over the years, it’s never been about tearing down or rewriting the work of the leader who came before you, but building on the successes to better serve those entrusted to our care. I’m so thankful for Father Roger’s vision for the Missions which we’re still building upon today and for his dedicated leadership for over two and a half decades. While we grieve the loss of Father Roger, we thank God for the legacy he left and the continued and ongoing support of the Society of St. Edmund.”
Father Roger Larcharite’, S.S.E., was born on June 8, 1927 in Sainte-Eulalie, Quebec, Canada. He made his first religious profession into the Society of St. Edmund on August 22, 1949 was ordained on June 29, 1955 outside of Rome. Along with his years as Missions Director, Father Roger also served as an instructor, a pastor, and many other roles that allowed him to further the work of the Church and faithfully serve those in need.