Memorial fund to honor late priest, Msgr. Roppolo
The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans has set up a memorial endowment fund to pay tribute to the legacy of Msgr. Ignatius Roppolo, who died April 29 after serving for nearly 60 years as a priest.
The memorial fund, established by Msgr. Douglas Doussan, Matthew Rousso and Father Douglas Brougher, will honor the self-sacrificing and generous way in which Father Roppolo ministered to the sick, the poor and exercised leadership as pastor and in other prominent positions in the local church.
The memorial fund’s creators said Father Roppolo was committed to lay leadership formation and enhanced collaboration between priests and lay leaders, and was constantly pursuing additional pastoral training for himself, while promoting the same for seminarians, permanent deacons, laity and priests.
Friends and colleagues said one of the hallmarks of Father Roppolo’s priesthood was his vision of a more inclusive church, as called for by the Second Vatican Council. Motivated by Christ’s own example that his disciples be servant-leaders, willing to wash the feet of others, Father Roppolo envisioned a church:
➤ that was more collegial then hierarchical;
➤ that was more collaborative than authoritarian;
➤ in which decisions were shared by clergy, religious and laity on the basis of an equality rooted in the sacrament of baptism;
➤ and in which clericalism was replaced with an attitude of humble, loving service.
To promote Msgr. Roppolo’s vision of a more inclusive church, the memorial fund will:
➤ fund conferences that will feature nationally recognized theologians and pastoral leaders;
➤ work in partnership with Loyola’s Institute for Ministry and other interested groups;
➤ sponsor workshops and courses for clergy, religious and laity;
➤ and show special concern for the poor.
The memorial fund welcomes donations from family members, friends, corporations and individuals wishing to support Msgr. Roppolo’s vision of an all-inclusive church.
Contributions can be sent to: The Fr. Ignatius M. Roppolo Memorial Endowment Fund, c/o The Catholic Foundation, 1000 Howard Ave., Suite 800, New Orleans, LA 70113-1939.