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Rev John F. Randall
Birth: Dec. 31, 1928
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jun. 14, 2011
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA

THE REVEREND JOHN F. RANDALL, 82, Pastor Emeritus of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Providence, died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Born in Newport, a son of the late Robert A. and Marie (Niland) Randall, he attended St. Mary and St. Augustin Schools and De LaSalle Academy in Newport. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and at the Grand Seminaire in St. Brieuc, France.

He was ordained a priest on May 30, 1953 at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by the Most Reverend Russell J. McVinney. He began his ministry as a chaplain at Mt. St. Rita Novitiate in Cumberland and teacher at St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket. Two years later he became an assistant pastor at St. Joseph Church, Pawtucket and continued to teach at St. Raphael's Academy. In September 1958, he became a teacher at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick. After a summer assignment as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Church in East Providence, he was sent to the University of Louvain in Belgium for post graduate studies in Sacred Scripture. After his return from Louvain in 1962, Father Randall was appointed professor at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and later spiritual director in 1963. Then in 1971, he was transferred as assistant pastor to St. Patrick Church in Providence. In 1976, he became full time staff person in a Program for Renewal in the Spirit and in 1978, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Providence and continued his work for Renewal in the Spirit until his retirement in 2001 as Pastor Emeritus.

In addition to his parish and teaching work, Father Randall served also as Diocesan Consultor (1966); Synodal Examiner (1967); member of the Commission on Project Clergy Renewal (1970); member of the Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States; directed the Spirit and the Word program on Radio and TV.

Father Randall is survived by a brother, the Reverend Robert J. Randall, and three sisters: Sr. Mary Randall, SSJ, of Providence, Mrs. Theresa Zimmerly of Elyria, OH, and Mrs. Joan Soares of Newport; also a number of nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held at the Stapleton-Barry-Holdredge Funeral Home, 684 Park Avenue, Cranston on Friday June 16, 2011 from 3:00-6:00pm at which time his body will be transferred to St. Charles Church for viewing until 7:30pm when there will be a parish Mass in celebration of his life. A concelebrated Mass of Christian burial was offered for the repose of his soul at St. Charles Church, Providence on Saturday June 18, 2011, at 10:00am. Burial followed at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown, RI. In lieu of flowers, donations, as an alternative to flowers, may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 178 Dexter St. Providence, RI 02907.

Published in The Providence Journal on June 16, 2011 
Family links: 
  Robert A Randall (1899 - 2000)
  Marie C Niland Randall (1901 - 1980)
Saint Columba Catholic Cemetery
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
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Record added: Jun 28, 2011
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Rev John F. Randall
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