Center of Jesus the Lord

Pastoral Team

Reverend George Roy, O.M.I.

Reverend George Roy, O.M.I.lived in residence at Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Jude Shrine, New Orleans until July 15, 2103.  He moved into the Recotry of the Center of Jesus the Lord and is now the chaplain.  He is originally from Massachusetts and is able to speak fluent French.  He served for 25 years ministering to the people of Haiti.  He is a strong supporter of the Catholic Relief Missions.  He reopened the renovated Our Lady of Good Coundel in Janaury 2016.  

 

Deacon Rod Fonseca

Deacon Rod Fonseca was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and he graduated from the University of Chattanooga with a degree in Chemistry. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.  Deacon Rod first came to the Center in 1988.  He was first baptized in the Spirit in 1989.   He ordained to the permanent deaconate in December 1999.  His previous deacon assignments included St. Peter and Paul, and St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor parishes.  He has been a Deacon at the Center since 2011.  His wife Sheila is the Business Manager of the Center.  They have five children and nine grandchildren.

 

 

 

Also In Residence, Fr. Denzil Perara

Father PeraraFr. Denzil Perara was born in Sri Lanka, while it was still a British Colony.  He was the eldest of nine children,  His entire education was according to the British system, and he always attended Catholic school.   At the age of nineteen, he entered the Papal Seminary of Kandy in Sri Lanka.  He was ordained a priest on February 3, 1958.  After his ordination, he remained in the famous tea country of Ceylon.  His priestly duties took him to cities and plantations, and kept him there for twelve years. 

Fr. Perara was involved with the youth and scout movement in Sri Lanka.  He was a scout leader, and his work was to provide the scouts with spiritual needs.  In the late sixties, Father Perera ranked as an officer and Chaplain, and served in the British Army in the Sri Lanka Regiment. Later, he became the spiritual director for the Legion of Mary. 

Father Perera heard the call of the Lord to the missions in New Orleans.  In August 1970, Father Perera first came to New Orleans and the United States.  He was extremely interested in all Marian organizations, and especially Fatima.  In New Orleans there was "The Fatima Committee" which Fr. Perera converted into a unit of the Blue Army of Fatima.  He was the spiritual director for the Eucharistic Adoration Society.    He has been stationed at St. Monica's parish, Holy Rosary, and in Diamond in south Louisiana.  Fr. Perera is one of only a few priests given permission by the Archbishop to say the Tridentine Mass. 

 He retired in August 1995, but remained at Holy Rosary parish.  He moved into the Center in 2006.  In 2008, he celebrated his golden jubilee in the priesthood.  Fr. Perara spends half the year in New Orleans, and the other half in Sri Lanka.