REVERAND RUSSELL J. ROIDE, S.J.
Father Russell J. Roide, S.J., died peacefully in his sleep on April 13, 2021 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 82 years old. Father Roide’s Jesuit ministry spanned 60 years and included high school teaching and administration, university campus ministry, and parish and retreat work throughout the western states and beyond.
Russell Joseph Roide was born on December 10, 1938 in Los Angeles, the son of Joseph R. Roide and Julia R. Cerniglia Roide. He graduated from Loyola High School (1956) and Loyola [Marymount] University with a degree in biology (1960). He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1960, continuing his studies at Gonzaga University, Boston College, and the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA. He was ordained a priest in Los Angeles on June 13, 1970.
Father Roide taught at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose (1965-1967, 1973-1975, where he also served as President in 1975), and Loyola High School, Los Angeles (1979-1980). He served in many capacities at St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco, over the years: Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (1970-1972), Rector-President (1975-1979), and member of the Adult Spirituality Team (2008). On the university level, he served as Director of Campus Ministries at Stanford University (1984-1992), Director of the University Catholic Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (2008-2011), and held chaplaincies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy. He also served as Pastor of St. Agnes Church, San Francisco (1994-2001), and St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix (2002-2006), and did pastoral ministry in San Jose, Morgan Hill, and at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos. Over several decades Father Roide led dozens of pilgrimages to the Holy Land and religious sites in Europe and elsewhere.
Father Roide is survived by his brother, Frank Roide, of Carson City, Nevada, and many extended family members.
A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:15 a.m.
Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be private but will be livestreamed at https://www.jesuitswest.org/in-memoriam/