Meet Father Davis

At a time when many boys are dreaming of being firefighters or professional athletes, Deacon Davis was already focusing his attention on a vocation to the priesthood.

"It's something that had been with me since probably second grade," recalled the 26-year old.  "I was one of those little kids that played Mass all the time.  For one reason or another, it absolutely captivated me."

Deacon Davis grew up as a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Gilbertsville with his parents, Kevin and Sue, and his two sisters.  The couple recognized that their son may have a calling to serve God in a special way and did what they could to encourage it.  "We had a priest over for dinner once a month," remembered the young man.  Having that regular contact with pastors showed Deacon Davis that priests were human beings, "not just the guy at church."  Fathers James Secora and Rick Dagit had a positive influence.  After graduating from Immaculate Conception Elementary School and then Don Bosco High School in 2009, Deacon Davis moved on to Loras College where he entered St. Pius X Seminary, located on campus.  Following graduation in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, Deacon Davis earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.

"The biggest thing I am looking forward to is to be able to celebrate Mass," he said. 

Aside from his family members and pastors, Deacon Davis says St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Jesuit order, has had a beneficial impact on his development.  The former soldier who, with the assistance of friends, started the Society of Jesus, is famous for developing spiritual exercises that continue to help people today.  Deacon Davis said the saint's approach to the spiritual life meshes well with his way of thinking. 

"I have an active mind," he said.  (St. Ignatius' approach) works with my mind."

In his spare time. the deacon is a fan of baseball. (The Chicago White Sox is his favorite team.)  He also follows NASCAR racing and has fun playing board games with friends. 

Deacon Davis maintains an optimistic outlook, a quality that others have noticed.

"I've had a lot of people say there is never a time I don't smile," he reflected.  As the major milestone of ordination approaches, Deacon Davis said he appreciates and would like to thank all those who have assisted him through eight years of formation with cards, letters, prayers and material support.

Taken from an article in The Witness (May 21, 2017 edition.)

Deacon Ralph Davis was ordained Father Ralph Davis, May 27, 2017 by Archbishop Michael O. Jackels. 

Fr. Ralph Davis' first assignment is to the Pastorate of St. Columbkille and St. Joseph The Worker parishes, as Associate Pastor.

We welcomed Father Davis on August 5/6 to St. Columbkille.  He celebrated Mass, with a reception following Mass.

We are so very blessed to have him as our Associate Pastor!  He also serves as youth pastor, teaching Confirmation. 

 

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