Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fr. Rogers Blog Redividus

Being new to the rubrics I deleted the Fr. Rogers Blog, but will attempt to revive it here.

Fr. Homer F. Rogers was born in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1915. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Dallas, where he was raised in the Baptist Church, graduating from Baylor University in 1939 with a degree in Sociology and Greek. He discovered the Episcopal Church, graduated from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and, in 1942 was ordained a priest.

His bishop sent him as rector to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denton, Texas, where he stayed until 1953, when he became professor of Pastoral Theology at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin.
From 1956 until his death in 1980 he was rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. During that time he was on the faculty of the School for Spiritual Directors, the School for Spirituality, and the Anglican School of Theology in the Diocese of Dallas.

Fr. Rogers was married to Dorothy Rae Jones Rogers in 1943, and had six children and twelve grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time in Mexico, raising pigeons and dogs, painting, and good conversation (http://www.romanceoforthodoxy.com).

An Appreciation of Fr. Rogers
Fr. David M. Allen, SSC

Fr. Rogers taught the Catholic Faith in its entirety, without reservation and without compromise. I give thanks daily to God for the solid dogmatic foundation which Padre laid in this parish I suppose that other priests have done the same but very few with the sheer delight that Fr. Rogers had in it. But the really unique thing about Fr. Rogers was the way in which he taught the people of St. Francis how to live out that Faith. "God does not need your money but you need to give it away." "If you get your feelings hurt, its your problem not the other guy's problem." "If you get serious about God, the devil will get serious about you." I should have gotten sick and tired of hearing  these and many other aphorisms quoted but I have not. They remind us that the Catholic religion is to be lived out in the perfectly ordinary details of perfectly ordinary human lives. As Fr. Rogers said, "the only way to be one in a million is to realize that you aren't."

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