Skip to comments.Prayer Request: Fr. Ray Ryland (Steubenville OH) Near Death
Posted on 03/18/2014 9:17:08 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
Yesterday while on his way to the Perpetual Adoration chapel at his parish church in Steubenville, Fr Ray fell on the steps and suffered very serious injuries. Barring a miracle, he is not expected to recover. He is unconscious and receiving palliative care at the hospital in Steubenville.
Father Ray was the second married convert clergyman ordained priest under the Pastoral Provision. Those, especially, who attend Anglican Use parishes will want to join their prayers to those of Fr Ray's friends and family.
Father is a native of Crescent, Oklahoma, and was chaplain at Cassidy School in OKC at the time of his reception into the Catholic Church in 1963. Some of you have connections to Cassidy or to Father Ray's Oklahoma days. You might spread the word among people there who remember him.
The Pere Abbe of Fontgombault composed a prayer several years ago in honor of Notre Dame du Bien Mourir, whose 14th century statue is in the nave of the abbey church. The prayer asks for the grace 'a bien mourir' - to die well - a happy death - a grace we pray God to grant Father Ray.
The prayer also asks for the grace 'a bien vivre' - to live well, to be faithful to the promises of our baptism. By that standard, Fr Ray has lived as well as anyone I know.
May God be close to his much-beloved beloved wife Ruth and their five children, all the grandchildren and the four great-grandchildren during this sad time. May God united them in love, and keep them united and safe forever.
Farewell, good and humble servant. May you be welcomed into Heaven promptly.
I shall go view his youtubes, thank you for that information.
My sincere prayers for overwhelming peace and joy for this man and his family. May the good Lord welcome him home with open arms.
I’ll be praying for Ray Ryland, his family and friends.
Lord, be near Thy servant Ray at the hour of his passing and comfort his flock.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
Thank you for posting this. Lovely man, prayers up for him and his family.
Here is his conversion story.
On Whose Authority? Conversion Story of Father Raymond Ryland
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