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Happy Birthday Father Ryan

Posted on 5/20/2018 by Stacy Mal

Please pray for my brother today... <3

Today is a very special day. It’s the anniversary of the day my brother entered the priesthood in the diocese of Steubenville. I cannot even begin to describe how honored I feel to have been able to witness his journey over the years.

The way he felt the call, wrestled the call, and then heroically answered the call, even though not everyone understood it. The way he has given his entire life to this call—every moment of every day, serving the people of God at weddings, funerals, and baptisms... celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, schools and colleges.

It’s strange. He’s always been my brother but these last few years he has become a very dear and cherished spiritual father. Every day he gives and gives and gives.... on very little sleep.... from some kind of miraculous wellspring within. It is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Please say a special prayer for my brother, Father Ryan Gray, today — that God may continue to strengthen, guide and protect him in this ministry... and please remember to pray for ALL of our priests. We really cannot comprehend all that they do and all that they endure for this faith that we hold so dear. May we never EVER take for granted how valuable their work is. #prayforpriests