“Father Ralph is a monk in whom there is no guile.”
--Father Timothy Horner
An accomplished athlete, linguist, hymn-writer and preacher, Father Ralph experiences life with all the passion of a true poet. However, the purity of heart for which he is so well loved carries a price: he feels in a uniquely personal way the tragic implications of America’s “culture of death.” Not content to sit by in idle grief, Father Ralph has worked tirelessly on behalf of pro-life efforts across the country. He initiated our annual participation in the “March for Life,” established a thriving pro-life club in our school, teaches moral theology and ethics, and ceaselessly preaches the Gospel of Life in everything he does.
Yet as much as Father Ralph is regarded as a pillar of the pro-life community, he is just as highly regarded in the literary community. A tiny pad and pencil serve to record his inspirations when they come, and the monks of Saint Louis Abbey have grown accustomed to watching him drop everything—even at Vigils—to scribble down his latest verses when they come to him.
With five books of poetry, a number of academic articles, dozens of published hymns, and the world’s only translation of Madeleine Delbrêl’s The Joy Of Believing to his name, this poet is no amateur when it comes to writing. In the school, he is most well known for his contributions to the newspaper: a series of comics known as “Flunk, the Monk.” (Read more about Father Ralph’s published books; read some of his poetry)
As if there weren’t enough on his desk --and there’s quite enough there to extend off the edges and onto the floor—Father Ralph also serves as the Vocations Director for the abbey and head Tennis coach in the school.
Above all, however, Father Ralph is a man of prayer, and even a passing familiarity with him will show that this life of prayer is the source and summit of his work.