- June 14, 1929 - February 11, 2012
- Austin, Texas
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“Msgr. Ralph was like a father to me. I met him in 1984 when I moved to Austin and started going to St Thomas More. I was a young girl in my 20s and...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Lisa Lawson Waldinger Mathews - TX
“I will always remember the amount of time and support that Fr Brennan gave to our CYO Diocesan Activities back when I was active in the 1970s & 1980s...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Mike Kelm - Livingston, TX
“Farther Ralph, Thank you for sharing your faith and stories of faith with our parish community. Our prayers go out for all that will miss you. ...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Deacon Earl Colley, St. Monica - TX
Thank you for your many years of loyal service as a priest serving Our Lord and His church. May you have eternal rest and God keep...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Alvin and Virginia Malinowski - TX
“Fr. Brennan went on a trip to Poland on a trip that I organized. we thoroughly enjoyed having him on the trip. Fr Brennan served in Brenham where ...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Virginia Felchak Hill Houston, TX
“rest in peace, Fr. Ralph. and thank you for the time you spent with us at St. Mary's. you were a good friend, a great man and will be sorely missed.
6 of 34 | Posted by: James and Gina Draehn and family -and- John Januszewski - TX
“Going to miss you.....sorry we wasted the time!!!! With all our love!!! Mike & Paula
7 of 34 | Posted by: Mike and Paula Turner - Edna, TX
“We were very blessed to have known Fr. Ralph since 1985 when he came to St. Mary's in Brenham. He was a wonderful pastor and boss. He will be...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Theodore & Gale Kwiatkowski - TX
“The thing i remember about Father Ralph was he enjoyed being around people. He always seemed very happy, and i think he liked too keep busy. He...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Eleanor Howard - Houston, TX
“Msgr. Brennan was such a special man and I was fortunate to know him all 54 years of his priesthood. I was a teenager when he came to St. Joseph's...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Mary Ann Losak Shaw - TX - friend
“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...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Moerbe - Waco, TX
“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...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Judy Grube - Austin, TX
“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...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Anne Vise - Leander, TX
“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...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Sarah Ramos - Austin, TX - friend
“Msgr. Ralph Brennan, Thank you again for St. Thomas More Parish, our RE Staff, RE Students, especially Deacon Dan's Elementary Special Needs Class...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Caroline Chapman - Austin, TX
“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...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Emil Balusek - Austin, TX
“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...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Angela Hahn - Brenham, TX
“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...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: Don and Gloria Blaszak - Austin, TX
“Our thought and prayers are with the family during this time. What a wonderful priest and a true blessing to the community!
19 of 34 | Posted by: Anders' Family - TX
“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...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Steve Mannion - Austin, TX
“I have only been a Catholic since 2008. I became Caholic at St. Thomas More. I did not know Msgr. Ralph well, the memories I have are from listening...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: Geneva Sue Pair - Round Rock , TX
“Fr. Ralph was a kind and gentle man and a wonderful priest. His eyes glowed with the love he had for our Lord. He will be missed and I am grateful...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Cantelmo - Austin, TX
“We were blessed to have known Father Ralph and have him in our lives. We were one of the first couples he married when he moved to St. Mary's in...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Louella and Kevin Niemeyer - TX
“Fr. Brennan was a gentle and caring person. I knew him from St. Joseph's in Bellmead. I went through CCD classes with him in the 60s and when I...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Cindy Pearce - Wichita Falls, TX
“Monsignor Ralph Brennan, heartfelt thanks for the blessing and gift of our founding priest at St. Thomas More Parish, we will cherish the memories...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Chapman Family - Austin, TX
“Fr. Ralph was like a grandfather to me. I met him at St. Forest North and had him in my life for many of my milestones. When I was going through...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Cyndi Brinkman Doyle - Krum, TX
“I was blessed to be under Msgr. Brennan's spiritual direction for only the last six months. He was a gentle, warm, kind, holy man who was a great...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Ed Ford - Lakeway, TX
“The 3 most important men in my life are together now, you married us in 1968, we all moved to Austin at the same time, you baptized our children and...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Anna Urbanovsky - West, TX
“Just wanted to say how you will be dearly missed. Thanks for all the memories from St. Joseph's Bellmead, your wise counseling and a personal friend...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Barbara Wiedman - Waco, TX
“For the last 4 years, Msgr Brennan was my spiritual advisor. He was such a great listener and so very humble. I list him as Monsignor Brennan however...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Lorie Gioia - Austin, TX - friend
“For the last 3 years Fr. Ralph has been my spiritual advisor. We met monthly and I always looked forward to our meetings. He was patient,...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Chester J. Dombrowski - Bastrop, TX
“Father Ralph, you honored us by being a good shepard for your flock at St. Mary's. You will be missed, but we are grateful to good that he chose you...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Margie and Ken Moore - Brenham, TX
“Father Ralph: a loving and compassionate pastor, a kind and gentle presence, a friend for the journey. You are loved, missed and will never be...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Bill and Elizabeth Nutt - Brenham, TX
“we are priveleged to have been longtime friends in faith; good by old friend; pray for us from your heavenly home; until we meet again ...
34 of 34 | Posted by: anthony & nancy manfre - brenham, TX
Rev. Msgr. Ralph A. Brennan, at the age of 82 and a priest for 54 years, died on February 11, 2012, in Austin, Texas. He was born on June 14, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Charles Brennan and Mary Regan Brennan. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and four brothers. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He attended St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, and was ordained a Catholic priest on August 1, 1957, by Bishop Louis J. Reicher. He served in the following assignments in parishes of the Diocese of Austin: parochial vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waco (Bellmead) from 1957 to 1965, pastor of the same parish from 1965 to 1971, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Austin from 1972 to 1978, the founding pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin, and pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Brenham from 1985 to 1999 with the missions at Old Washington on the Brazos and Latium. He retired from full-time ministry in 1999. He then served at the Brother Vincent Pieau Residence of the Holy Cross Brothers near St. Edward's University in Austin.
Msgr. Brennan also served in the following capacities: part-time chaplain at the Waco Veteran's Administration Hospital, district moderator of the CYO and of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, moderator of the Waco Serra Club, Ministerial Alliance, co-chaplain of the Austin Serra Club, chairman of the 1972 Southwest Liturgical Conference, the Diocesan Vocation Committee, dean of the Austin Deanery, moderator of the Austin Deanery Council of Catholic Women, co-chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Austin Diocesan Tribunal, member of the Ethics Committee at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham, Brenham Ministerial Association, Diocesan Synod Commission, and dean of the Eastern Deanery. He received the title of Monsignor in 1987.
Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin, assisted by concelebrating priests of the diocese. The Vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Austin on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Burial will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Brenham, Texas.
The Diocese of Austin and the family are being assisted by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on South Congress in Austin.
February 14, 2012
St. Thomas More
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February 15, 2012
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
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Wednesday February 15 2012
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
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