Walsh University Mourns the Passing of Brother Guy Roddy, FIC


School News

The Walsh University community mourns the loss of Brother Guy Roddy, FIC, who passed into the loving arms of the Lord this weekend following a short illness. A long-time member of the Walsh community, Br. Guy's history with the University extends to its earliest days when he arrived in North Canton, Ohio, in 1960 as a member of Walsh's historic first class. As a resident Brother living on campus, Br. Guy was known for his compassionate and caring manner and for being a devoted friend to all who knew him.


In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Brothers' Retirement Fund can be sent in his memory to Br. Jerome Lessard, PO Box 159, Alfred, ME 04002. 


Born September 8, 1939, and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Br. Guy was educated at Mount Assumption in Plattsburgh, NY, and spent the early days of his religious formation in Alfred, Maine, before joining Walsh College in 1960.

His extensive education included a BA in English from Walsh in 1965, an MA in Catechetical Theology from Manhattan College, an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel College in Boston, an MBA from Notre Dame University and a Doctor in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. In addition he attended a number of summer programs and a Renewal Session in Rome.

Among his various positions throughout his career, Br. Guy served as a Walsh Instructor in the Theology Department, Walsh Religious Education Coordinator and Diocesan Religious Coordinator in Plattsburgh, NY. After proper study and preparation, Br. Guy accepted a position as Counselor and served as Guidance Director for ten years, proving himself an attentive listener and a prudent guide, an area of ministry that best suited him.

After serving as counselor, he sought a change of venue and obtained an MBA from Notre Dame University before serving six years as Business Manager at Seton Central Catholic High School in Plattsburgh, NY. When he was offered a position as Associate Professor in the small seminary of Wadhams Hall, in Ogdensburg, NY, he readily accepted the position and taught there until 1995 when the Seminary closed.

His professional commitment during his lifetime included membership on various associations and boards, often serving as Secretary or in leadership positions. He was the editor of the Brothers' Newsletter, the Clarion, and served as a founding member of the National Association of Religious Brothers. As a Brother of Christian Instruction, he proved himself to be involved and devoted to the welfare of his fellow Brothers.

After ending his Seminary work, he accepted an invitation to minister in the Philippines. He returned to Walsh University and remained in Canton for the remainder of his life, serving in various roles including Instructor in the Theology Department, Assistant Provincial Superior and Religious Superior of the Brothers’ community. He enjoyed representing the Brothers' community and often invited members of the University staff to share a meal, community prayer and quality time with the Brothers. A member of the Walsh University Board of Directors, Br. Guy was highly appreciated for his commitment to the members of his community and for his genuine concern for everyone.

Eternal rest grant to Br. Guy, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.