Rev. Msgr. Ralph A. Brennan
- June 14, 1929 - February 11, 2012
- Austin, Texas
of Rev.'s Passing
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Memories & Candles
Dear Friends and Family,
I met Fr. Brennan in the late 90's when he came to serve as Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brenham, and instantly like him. Like myself he was always very interested in ecumenical relationships. In those days the relationship between St. Mary's and St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, which was only a block away, was not that good. Imagine Polish Catholics and German Lutherans! But together we were able to build a strong relationship
Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Moerbe - Waco, TX - Friend and Colleague Feb 14, 2012
Father Ralph was truly Gods servant. He was a great leader during our rapid growth at St. Thomas More. He was a kind and gentle man. The entire Grube family will miss his friendship and his ever smiling face.
We will hold the memories of Father Ralph close to our hearts.
Posted by: Judy Grube - Austin, TX - Parishoner Feb 14, 2012
Thank you for your years of holiness and service to the Catholic Church. You married my husband and I almost 31 years ago and we've had a beautiful blessed marriage. May you rest in peace with the lord.
Posted by: Anne Vise - Leander, TX Feb 14, 2012
From 2003-2006, Msgr. Ralph and I drove to classes in Belton for training in spiritual direction. He told me he wanted to attend the three years of training as a spiritual renewal. His humility really impressed me -- such a magnificent priest with a life of service to the church and he wanted to refresh his commitment. What an amazing example!
During our drives, he listened to me with compassion, shared wisdom and reflections, and often spoke with tenderness of
Posted by: Sarah Ramos - Austin, TX - friend Feb 14, 2012
Msgr. Ralph Brennan, Thank you again for St. Thomas More Parish, our RE Staff, RE Students, especially Deacon Dan's Elementary Special Needs Class thanking you for your leadership and letting God's Word flow through you into our hearts and minds! I am truly grateful for sharing our thanks to Msgr. Brennan personally after Mass one day and let him know how thankful we are for him and how much the staff and children love listening to Karen Lawson Fruit of
Posted by: Caroline Chapman - Austin, TX - Deacon Dan's Special Needs Class Feb 14, 2012
Thank you, Father for the long years you spent with us. We moved back to Austin in 1982 and for a time, I drove to St. Louis Church for Mass but one day someone mentioned STM and I have been here since. I love this place, Father and I know that your influence had much to do with who these people are and their attitude toward our God and toward each other. Welcoming visitors as Christ might have welcomed them today. Father Ralph, remember us still here and ask God for his continued grace and love for us.
Posted by: Emil Balusek - Austin, TX - Parishoner at Saint Thomas More Feb 14, 2012
Father Ralph you have always been one of my favorite people. You shared some of the most important days in my life - from my marriage to baptizing both my children. You're the reason I've remained a Catholic. You are a true blessing and now you really are one of God's Angels.
Posted by: Angela Hahn - Brenham, TX - friend Feb 14, 2012
Fr. Ralph came to St Thomas More with his wonderful smile and friendliness
that automatically drew you to him. There were many a Christmas Eve that
Fr. spent at our house enjoying our Polish "Wigilia" (Christmas Eve dinner)
with all our traditions and loved talking to our daughters Alicia and Terry
who were in elementary and middle school at the time. We all loved hime and will miss him very much. May God grant him peace.
Posted by: Don and Gloria Blaszak - Austin, TX - Friends of Fr. Ralph from STM Feb 14, 2012
Our thought and prayers are with the family during this time. What a wonderful priest and a true blessing to the community!
Posted by: Anders' Family - TX Feb 14, 2012
Msgr. Ralph was a sweet and beautiful man! We enjoyed the masses when he was the presider. We did not know or meet him until the mid to late '90s so we did not know him while he was the Pastor at STM, but we are so glad that we had the opportunity to meet him and experience his great knowledge and love.
He will be missed!
Posted by: Steve Mannion - Austin, TX - Parishoner of STM Feb 14, 2012