LEWISTON – Rev. Royal J. Parent, 82, died Monday morning, June 10, 2013, at D’Youville Pavillion, Lewiston. He was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Augusta, son of Irenee J. and Marie Ange (Lagueux) Parent.
After completing his clerical studies at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass., he was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, the Seventh Bishop of Portland, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, Feb. 2, 1956. During his active years of ministry, Father Parent served in the following parishes: As Parochial Vicar and/or Chaplain; St. Louis Parish, Fort Kent, St. Joseph Parish, Brewer, St. Louis Parish, Auburn, in late winter through summer 1956, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Presque Isle, Assistant Chaplain at the Presque Isle Air Force Base, 1956-1962, and Chaplain to Newman Club of the Aroostook State Teachers College, 1961-1962, Notre Dame Parish, Springvale, 1962, St. Margaret’s Parish, Old Orchard Beach, 1962-1967 and also served as administrator, Sacred Heart Parish, Auburn, 1967-1971. As Pastor; St. Mary’s Parish, Eagle Lake, 1971-1975, St. Martin of Tours Parish, Millinocket, 1975-1983, St. Teresa’s Parish, Brewer, 1983-1987, Holy Family Parish, Lewiston, 1987-1993, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Boothbay Harbor, 1993-2000. Father Parent served as Chair of the Provisional Committee for Diocesan Youth Activities, ultimately bringing CYO to Maine. He sometimes referred to himself as the “Father of CYO in Maine,” starting the first “club” in the fall of 1956. He was Diocesan Youth Director from 1967-1971 and initiated a Youth Leadership Training Course, YLTC, and a Search for Christian Maturity. Father Parent considered his days with youth ministry one of his most important accomplishments. Governor Curtis also appointed him as a member of the Governor’s Committee on Children and Youth, and even served as its Chair, which was a first for a clergyman of any denomination. Father Parent also served as Vicar Forane of Northern Penobscot Deanery, 1976-1985, as Chaplain of the Ave Maria Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, Bangor, and as Chaplain of the Rev. John J. Sullivan Council No. 10356 of Knights of Columbus, Boothbay Harbor. Father Parent was a 3rd degree and 4th degree Knight of Columbus. During his retirement, Father Parent lived in Pinellas Park, Fla., for six months of the year, and at Lake Cobbosseecontee near Augusta for the other six months. He enjoyed serving as chaplain on cruises-nearly 20 tours to the Caribbean and one to the Antarctic. While in Florida, Father Parent was appointed as chaplain to the French speaking residents who came from Canada and New England. He also served at Sacred Heart Parish and at Maria Manor, a nursing home run by the Bon Secours Sisters.
He was predeceased by his parents; and his only sister, Mrs. Germaine Longley. Surviving is his brother-in-law, Edmond Longley of Augusta; and niece, Angela and husband, Leo Porter, of Readfield. Mrs. Angela Porter would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of D’Youville Pavilion and the nurses of Androscoggin Hospice for the dedicated care they gave her uncle over the years.
His body will be received 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Augusta. Visitation will be afterward 5-7 p.m. at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Committal will be afterward at Holy Family Cemetery, Townsend Road, Augusta. Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.