Paul Stanislaus Ragan
Paul Stanislaus Ragan
  • February 8, 1962 - May 29, 2017
  • Winter Park, Florida

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Paul Stanislaus Ragan, III passed away into the Glory of God on Monday, May 29, 2017 and is now in joy and peace. He was known as “Stan” to family and neighbors and as “Paul” to the University of Notre Dame (Class of ’84), work, and church colleagues and friends. His life was devoted to the service of Jesus Christ. His memory lives among the souls he touched through his ministry at the Cathedral of Christ the King and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Paul was a CPA by trade, a former audit partner with one of the big-four accounting firms. In 1997, he took a sabbatical from work to engage in various writing and consulting endeavors. In 1998, Paul attended a Life in the Spirit seminar at the Cathedral of Christ the King. At that seminar, he was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Afterward, he became actively involved in ministries at the Cathedral parish.

Paul loved the Cathedral of Christ the King. His prayers and his work were instrumental in bringing so many to Christ and caring for them with the love of Christ. Paul gave twenty plus years of volunteer service to the Cathedral. He was involved in youth ministry, adult evangelization, Christ Renews His Parish (founding member and leader), Knights of Columbus, Men's Club, parish pastoral council, Word of God Charismatic Prayer Group (founder and leader), Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Rosary Group, and numerous bible study and prayer groups. He also served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services of Atlanta, as both Treasurer and Board Chair. He was passionate in his love for Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, and he was a frequent speaker and teacher on the Christian faith, Catholicism, and the Holy Spirit.

Author of Gift of the Holy Spirit and other books expressing his devotion to the Holy Spirit, Paul’s humble approach to spreading the love of our Lord Jesus Christ will live on in legacy to his faith. It is fitting that his celebration is on the Eve of The Pentecost of the Holy Spirit. As we remember him, we will continue to cheer for the Fighting Irish and share his enthusiasm for Notre Dame Football. Go Irish!

Finally, Paul has helped us to say, “goodbye” and to accept his new beginning. From his book, Gift of the Holy Spirit, let us take to heart his words regarding meditation and contemplation. “Thank you Lord for my life. Thank you for the gift of faith, which enables me to know you. … Come Holy Spirit and lead me into the stillness of the desert to honor the Father my creator, Jesus my Redeemer, and you my Friend. Please quiet my heart and mind, and help me to rest. Help me to rest with you in the silence of this moment.”

Paul is predeceased by his parents Paul and Kitty, his brother Richard Arthur, and his beloved Melanie Casciano. He is survived by his sisters Ceci Fenn (Chris), Tina McElyea, and Cindy Ragan; his step-father “Doc” B.P. Reeves; his nieces Katie (son Colton), Christie, and Allie McElyea; his nephews John-Paul and Conor Fenn; his step-siblings Lynda Hester (Reb), Kathy Hubert (Ben), Jeff Reeves (Betsy), Scott Reeves (Michelle) and their families; and Paul’s extended family in the Catholic and Charismatic communities. Additionally, Paul was a devoted Godfather to the children of many friends.

Although our family grieves Paul’s departure, we are comforted in knowing of his place in Heaven and his union with the Holy Trinity. Please join our family to celebrate his life on the following occasions:

Saturday, June 3, 2017, The Chapel of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida:

  • 1:30pm Reception in the Bethany Cana room (next to the Chapel, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center)

  • 2:00pm Visitation in the Chapel

  • 2:30pm Mass of Christian Burial followed by his interment at Glen Haven Memorial Park

Monday, June 19, 2017, The Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, Georgia:

  • 10:30am Memorial Mass with a reception to follow

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations made to the ministries that Paul initiated or was involved with at the Cathedral of Christ the King. The website address for donations and additional information on Paul’s ministries is: Alternatively, checks payable to the Cathedral of Christ the King with Paul S. Ragan Memorial on the memo field may be mailed to: 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Attn: Pastoral Care Ministry. You may also contact the Cathedral at 404-233-2145.

If you are interested in his books on the Holy Spirit, they are available on Amazon.