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Rev William J Ruhl, Jr

Rev William J Ruhl, Jr

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Apr 2015 (aged 79–80)
Childs, Cecil County, Maryland, USA
Burial Childs, Cecil County, Maryland, USA
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Rev William Ruhl OSFS

Rev William Ruhl OSFS, 80, a professed Oblate of St Francis de Sales for 62 years, died on April 27, 2015 at Annecy Hall, Childs MD.

Fr. Ruhl, son of the late William J Sr and Helene (Weber) Ruhl was born in Philadelphia in 1935. He attended Holy Innocents Parish School, and after graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in 1952, he entered the Oblate Novitiate and made his first profession of vows in 1953.

Fr Ruhl earned his BS degree in Natural Sciences from Niagara University, Niagara NY. He completed his studies for the priesthood at De Sales Hall School of Theology, Hyattsville MD. In 1968, he was awarded his licentiate in sacred theology from the Catholic University, and in 1971 he was awarded a doctorate in sacred theology, also from Catholic University.

Fr Ruhl was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1962, by the Most Rev Michael W Hyle, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, at St Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington DE.

After ordination, Fr Ruhl was assigned to teach chemistry at Northeast Catholic High School. In 1969, he was appointed as a teacher of theology at the De Sales Hall School of Theology. In 1977, he was named the president of the De Sales Hall School of Theology, a post he held until 1987. He also served as president of the Cluster of Independent Theological Schools (1995-96) in Washington DC. During his time at De Sales Hall, Fr Ruhl was also assigned to Oblate formation. In addition, he was a lecturer in the Adult Education Program of the Archdiocese of Washington and served as chaplain to the Daughters of St Francis de Sales in Fairfax VA.

In 1997, Fr Ruhl was appointed pastor of St Mary Parish in Goldsboro NC. In 2004, he served as pastor of St Paul the Apostle Parish in Greensboro NC. In 2010, he became a senior priest at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Vienna VA, until his retirement in 2011. In 2014, Fr Ruhl moved to Annecy Hall, the Oblates’ retirement community in Childs MD.

In addition to his Oblate religious community, Fr Ruhl is survived by his sister, Helen Breen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 1, 2015, at 11 AM, preceded by a wake at 9 AM, at the Our Lady of Light Chapel. Interment to follow.




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