Rev Raymond Francis Dehen

Rev Raymond Francis Dehen

Minnesota, USA
Death 19 Dec 1992 (aged 75)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Montgomery, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 3 Lot 2658 Grave 3
Memorial ID 155829885 · View Source
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Paternal Grandparents: Peter Dehen and Theresia Heuring
Maternal Grandparents: Henry Endres and Otillia "Odelia" Lindenfelser

As a kid, he disassembled the family player piano, his favorite instrument and he wore out many a rug around the pedals. Fr. Ray had a great sense of humor and told "corny" jokes. He liked to get the young folks giggling when he prayed, saying, "GRACE! GOOD GOD, LET'S EAT!" And, he loved to tease, play cards and visit.

In his childhood, in the winters, they always took a horse and buggy to church and school and took along hot bricks wrapped in towels to keep their feet warm.

When he was young, he and siblings worked hard and fast to the chores done so they could go outside to play. All the neighbor kids would come to their house to play ball because they had a yard light.

On Sunday afternoons, the neighbors, including Amie Fisette, Victor Caron and the Lefebvre brothers (Robert, Elmer and Lu) got together to play baseball in the meadow on a team called the Otsego Bone Crushers.

His early schooling was at St. Albert's Parochial School and Elk River High School. He pursued his studies for the priesthood at Nazareth Hall, St. Paul, MN. Fr. Pothmann, from St. Albert's church and the teacher, Marge (Tiernan) Bourgeois helped him graduate in his Latin Studies class. He continued his studies at the St. Paul Major Seminary and finished his studies in Mount St. Mary Major Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, he also studied at the University of Notre Dame.

Ray took the Glenmary Perpetual Oath on August 27, 1945, he was ordained a Glenmary Home Missionary Priest in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Glenmary priests and sisters serve the spiritual and material needs of the people in 12 states throughout the Appalachia and rural South and Southwest regions. His mom, sisters, Millie and Ceil attended his Ordination. On Oct. 29, 1945, Fr. Ray said his First Solemn High Mass in his home parish of St. Albert, of Albertville, MN, with his nieces Marilyn Corbin (symbolic bride) and Barbara Fisette (symbolic flower girl) and nephew David Dehen (symbolic ring bearer). See the picture on his memorial.

After his ordination, His major missionary assignments took him to missions in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia for over half a century. He was House Superior at the Glenmary Novitiate in Aurora, IN. He built churches in Andrews, NC and Daingerfield, Texas.

He spent his lifetime as a missionary among the poorer parishes in the South creating parishes where there were no spiritual support systems. During his lifetime, he labored for the conversion of the non-Catholics in the United States.

His main work was getting converts and people back into the Church. He wrote a weekly newspaper column and had a daily fifteen-minute radio program; the focus of both was to build up faith and renew spiritual life. He did street preaching, knocked on doors, and installed pamphlet racks in stores.

One of his mission principles was "see and be seen." Every Saturday, traditionally the busiest trading time of the week, he walked the main street of town. He stopped in every store to greet the clerks and customers. Father Ray received more converts into the Catholic faith than any other Glenmarian Priests.

He blessed his way into homes and hearts. During the season of Epiphany each year, he blessed every Catholic parishioner's home and numerous non-Catholic ones too. He always said his rosary and his Divine Office and then carried on with vigor and a smile for Christ.

Determined to wear out and not rust out, the day before he died, he celebrated his last Mass for the people in the rest home. The Good News he once delivered with used magazines, he freshly embodied in our memories of a dedicated missioner who expended his life and energy to share his faith.

In July 1990, he officially retired to his residence in Pittsburg, Texas until poor health brought him back to the Glenmary headquarters. Father died suddenly at the Glenmary Priest's retirement home of a stroke and was buried from St. Gabriel Church, Glendale, Ohio in Gate of Heaven Cemetery; Fairfield, Hamilton, Ohio.

(Some of these memories come from his obituary written by Father John S. Rausch Titled: Rural Priest - RFD: RIP)

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and may they now enjoy Eternal Life with our Blessed Lord, Jesus!

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 155829885
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Raymond Francis Dehen (6 Jul 1917–19 Dec 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 155829885, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Graves (contributor 47171280) Non-Cemetery Burial.