Father Ronald Green, 64, Worcester; Priest Had Been Policeman, Missionary


Father Ronald Green, 64, Worcester;

Priest Had Been Policeman, Missionary

Father Green in 2014 outside St. Joseph’s, Worcester. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

WORCESTER – Father Ronald L. Green, 64, a police officer who became a Maryknoll missionary to Africa and, since 2009, had been administrator of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church here, died Aug. 6, 2017, at Maryknoll in the Hudson Valley.


He was 64 years old and had been a Maryknoll priest for 32 years.

He was born in Monroe, Mich, on March 1, 1953, the son James Paul and Noreen (Fortman) Green. He was proud to be a Spartan and was a South Rockwood, Mich., policeman for four years.

Father Green entered Maryknoll during September 1979. He was ordained on June 8, 1985, and served in mission in Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa, for 10 years. He became fluent in Swahili and five tribal languages.

He was assistant director of pastoral care and resident priest chaplain at Terence Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Center in East Harlem for 15 years. From March 2009 until earlier this year, he was at St. Joseph.

His survivors include a brother, Gary Green of Cairo, Mich., and several cousins. His parents, brother, Charles Green and an infant brother, Michael Thomas Green, predeceased him.

There will be a Rosary Service at 3:30 p.m. followed by calling hours 4 p.m. to 6 p.m, Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 201 Main Street, Worcester, followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Per Father Green’s request, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, P.O. Box 156, Worcester, NY 12197. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.hellerskinnerfh.com.

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