With sadness we share the news of the death of the Rev. Richard N. Bolles, 90, on March 31, 2017 in San Ramon, CA. After serving as a priest in the Diocese of Newark from 1953 to 1966, followed by a brief stint at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, in 1970 he self-published the first version of the job-seeking guide What Color Is Your Parachute? The book, which he updated regularly, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
After graduating from General Theological Seminary, Richard was ordained to the priesthood in December 1953 by the Rt. Rev. Benjamin M. Washburn, 5th Bishop of Newark. From 1955 to 1958 he served as the vicar of Redeemer, Palisades Park (closed in 1958) and St. James’, Ridgefield. He was then was called as Rector of St. John’s, Passaic, serving there from 1958 to 1966. He also served as the chair of the Diocesan Stewardship Committee from 1964 to 1966.
In 1966 he left the Diocese of Newark to become the Canon Pastor at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. After a short stint there, he went on to the National Career Development Project of the United Ministries in Higher Education, and then on to write his famous book.
Good and gracious God, the light of the faithful and shepherd of souls, you sent your servant Richard to be a priest in your Church to feed your sheep with your word and to guide them by his example; give us the grace to keep the faith he taught and to follow in his footsteps. We entrust him into your unfailing mystery of Love and Hope through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Richard Bolles Dies at 90; Wrote ‘What Color Is Your Parachute?’
The New York Times | APR 1, 2017
Richard Bolles, best-selling author of ‘What Color Is Your Parachute?’ and job coach to millions, dies at 90
The Washington Post | APR 6, 2017