PROVIDENCE — Rev. Roger L. Marot, 90, pastor emeritus of St. Agatha Parish in Woonsocket, and founder of the Fr. Marot CYO Center, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, son of the late Armand J. and Alice (Cote) Marot, he attended St. Cecilia School in Pawtucket and Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at the University Seminary in Ottawa, Canada and was ordained a priest on June 3, 1950 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by Bishop Russell J. McVinney. After his ordination, Father Marot he was appointed chaplain of L’Hospice St. Antoine in North Smithfield, then in October 1950, he was appointed assistant pastor of St. James Parish, Manville, and served there until November 1968 when he was transferred to St. Agatha in Woonsocket. In September 1969, he became chaplain of St. Francis House in Woonsocket and director of the CYO Center of Northern RI in Woonsocket until 1989. In December 1977, he was appointed Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry (1977-85). For Father’s outstanding service, he was honored in 1975 as “Citizen of the Year of Woonsocket.” In June 1984, he assumed the additional duties as pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in Woonsocket. In addition to his youth ministry, in 1992 he became chaplain of the Woonsocket Council of the Knights of Columbus and was named pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Woonsocket and remained there until February 1996 when he retired as pastor emeritus.
After his retirement from parish administration, Father Marot continued to serve as spiritual director at the Fr. Marot Center, and also as director of the Marian Association of Northern RI until his retirement from those duties in 2006. In recent years, Father Marot resided at Precious Blood Rectory, Woonsocket and St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of his soul was offered on June 20, 2016 in St. James Church, Manville with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin as the main celebrant with other priests concelebrating. Bishop Louis E. Gelineau was the homilist. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.