After 42 years as a priest in the Archdiocese of Portland, Father Richard Rossman will be moving to a new residence at St. Mary’s Church in Shaw — as a semi-retired priest due to health reasons.
He was born in Boris, S.D., his family later moving to Portland. He attended Assumption Grade School.
While he was in the fifth grade he told the nuns teaching at Assumption that when he grew up he was going to become a priest. After his announcement, the sisters sent him to talk with Fr. John Burger, who told him to pray three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys every day to help him discern. The priest also recommended that young Richard attend Central Catholic High School. While attending Central, he continued to pray daily for guidance.
While attending the University of Portland, he received his calling. After earning his business degree at the university, he entered the seminary at St. Paul, Waukesha, Wis.
When he told his family he had decided to study for the priesthood, the reactions were not he had expected. His father stared at his son and remained silent. His mother was not happy. His sisters thought it was hilarious and his brothers didn’t offer an opinion. He was ordained a priest on June 12, 1971. He has served at various parishes in Western Oregon over the past 42 years. Since 2005, Fr. Rossman has served two parishes simultaneously; St. Peter and St. Mark, both in Eugene. In spite of a rocky start, Fr. Rossman’s family has been very supportive over the years.
St. Peter and St. Mark Parish will be hosting a semi-retirement send-off for Fr. Rossman on June 30.
For more information, call Edna Gorey at 541-729-6542.