Reverend Roger G. Champigny, 78 pastor emeritus of St. Catherine Church in Warwick, Rhode Island, died on October 9, 2010.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, son of the late Albany Joseph and Rosaline (Lanoue) Champigny, he attended St. Cecilia School and St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket.
In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, Rhode Island, and St. Paul Seminary in Ottawa, Canada. He was ordained a priest on June 4, 1960 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by Bishop Russell J. McVinney.
After a summer assignment at Assumption Church in Providence, Father Champigny served as assistant pastor in the following churches: St. John in Slatersville (1960-63); at St. Joan of Arc in Cumberland (1963-71); and at St. Jude in Lincoln (1971-77).
In 1975 he was appointed Moderator of Mt. St. Francis Day Care Center in Woonsocket and in September 1977, pastor of Christ the King Church in West Warwick. In July 1990, he was transferred to St. Catherine Church in Warwick and remained there until his retirement as pastor emeritus in July 2005.
In his retirement, Father lived at Saint John Vianney Residence in Providence and recently at the Villa at St. Antoine in North Smithfield.
He is survived by a brother, Norman R. Champigny of Seekonk, MA and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Sister Paul Rita Champigny, S.U.S.C.
Calling hours will be at St. Catherine Church in Warwick on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 4:00-7:00pm, followed by a parish Mass. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of his soul will take place at Saint Catherine Church, Warwick on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 10:00am. Burial will be at Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.