Deacon Raymond Gabel – Retired


Deacon Ray Retires from Active Ministry

“After much prayer and reflection and turning 75 in December, I have decided to retire from active Ministry.  After serving the Archdiocese of Detroit for 35 years, I think it’s time to retire.  Even though I will not be active, I will still be available for special liturgies and if needed, Wake services.     I would like to say that its been a pleasure being the Parish Deacon here at St. Albert the Great.  Over all these years, I have served in other capacities in the Archdiocese as well as other Parishes.  I would like to thank all the folks here at St Albert for just being who you are, friendly, kind and generous with your time.  Hope to see you in Church!”      Deacon Ray

About Deacon Ray:  I was ordained in June of 1978. I am married to Margaret and we have five children and ten grandchildren. Over the years I have been assigned to: St Clement Parish Dearborn, St Hillary Parish Redford, St Aidan Parish Livonia and St. Albert the Great Parish Dearborn Heights. I have also been involved in various retreat movements over the years: Cursillo, PRH, and the Charismatic renewal. In my present ministry here at St. Albert’s I am involved in Preaching, Communion to the sick, the RCIA and Bereavement Ministry. I am available for Wake services, Scriptural or the Rosary, and I am also available to do complete Funerals at the Funeral Home. Marge and I have had many experiences over last thirty years, but the best was meeting Pope John Paul II at a Deacons conference in Rome. We talked briefly to Him and had our picture taken with Him.