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Br. Philip Ripley, OSB, dies on April 16

April 21, 2016

Br Philip Ripley -for -webBr. Philip Ripley, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at his residence in Evansville, IN. He was 83 and a jubilarian of profession.

Br. Philip was born in Paducah, KY, on August 6, 1932, and was given the name Clarence Henry at his baptism.

After completing his elementary education at St. Mary's Academy in Paducah, he attended high school at the Academy for one year, and then entered Saint Meinrad Seminary High School, where he graduated in 1950.

He then began a period of candidacy, assuming work in the monastery tailor shop. He was invested with the monastic habit the following year. He professed his simple vows on August 10, 1952, and his perpetual vows on August 10, 1955.

After working in the tailor shop for five years, Br. Philip was assigned to work in the seminary high school library, an assignment he held for five years.

In 1977, he began nearly 40 years of service to St. Mary Parish in Evansville, working as housekeeper and launderer, assisting in the sacristy, and caring for many of the parish's sick and elderly through his ministry as Eucharistic minister.

The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation on Saturday will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery. All times are Central Time.