Ralph has been married to the love of his life, Mary, for more than 50 years. He is a father and grandfather. Ralph retired after serving the United States Air Force in many capacities, including Instructor Pilot.
He is a parishioner at San Francesco di Paola (SFDP) Catholic Church and at St. Matthew Catholic Church in San Antonio. At SFDP, he serves as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan, and Altar Server.
Ralph is a Lay Associate of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. His formal Promise states; “I wish to live my baptismal consecration according to the charism of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, and I want to place at the center of my life the Paschal Mystery, to contemplate it in prayer and to share with people the life flowing from it.” He teaches classes to new Associates on the Eucharist, St. Peter Julian Eymard, the Congregation, the Liturgy of the Hours, and Prayer in the Presence of the Eucharist. He also responds to parishes and ACTS teams seeking a presentation or mini retreat on the Eucharist. Ralph has been a committed Eucharistic Adorer at St. Matthew’s Adoration Chapel for the past 23 years.
His leadership in the local Catholic community has also extended to serving as Pilgrim Center of Hope Catholic Men’s Conference Chairman in 2009, ACTS Retreat Director, spearheading a novena & Masses of Saint Therese for worldwide evangelization, and 7 years teaching high school Confirmation classes at St. Matthew. Additionally, Ralph has planned and organized the Veteran’s Day Mass at his parish, and has served as MC of the program. This was inspired after his 2014 visit to Normandy Cemetery and Normandy Beach in France.
Ralph and his wife are blessed to have been pilgrims to many Marian apparition sites in Europe including Lourdes, Fatima, and the Basilica of Sant Andrea delle Fratte in Rome. Other pilgrimage experiences Ralph can speak about include the Miraculous Medal Chapel in Paris, the Shroud of Turin, the Basilica of St. Therese and her Carmel Convent in Lisieux, France.
Eucharist, Men, Sacraments, and Virgin Mary