R. Pierre DuMaine, Founding Bishop of Diocese of San Jose, dies

SAN JOSE — Parishioners this past week mourned the death of Roland Pierre DuMaine, the founding bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose.

DuMaine, who was the bishop of the Diocese of San Jose in its first 18 years, died June 13 at the age of 87, after several years of declining health, according to the Valley Catholic, the official publication of the Diocese of San Jose. A funeral mass celebrating DuMaine’s life was held Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose.

DuMaine was born August 2, 1931 in Paducah, Kentucky where he later attended Catholic school. He went on to attend Saint Joseph’s College Seminary in Mountain View and Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, according to the Valley Catholic.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1957, and served as an assistant pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Belmont.

DuMaine is recognized for his commitment to Catholic education. After receiving a doctoral degree in education from the Catholic University of America in 1961, DuMaine taught at the school as an assistant professor for two years before moving onto Serra High School in San Mateo.

He went on to become the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco from 1965 until 1978, according to the Valley Catholic.

DuMaine was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco in 1978, and served in that capacity until he was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose when it was formed in March 1981.

The diocese has also recognized DuMaine for his role in promoting technology as part of the church’s mission. He was a longtime director of the Catholic Television Network in Menlo Park, a closed-circuit TV network serving Catholic Schools in the Bay Area.

After retiring in 1999, DuMaine became a visiting professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University and Stanford University.