Father Bob Ring
Father Ring was born in 1954 in Salisbury, Maryland, son of Richard and Ann Ring. The middle child, with two sisters, Linda and Beth, he grew up on the Eastern Shore, half way between the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean. From high school, he went to Cornell, thinking of a career in chemistry, but God had other plans. Called to priesthood, he graduated in the last seminary class at St. Bernard’s, to be ordained a deacon at St. Michael’s in Newark in 1982. From there, his first priesthood assignment was Assumption in Fairport. Next he went to the Southern Tier, St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads. His first pastorate was at St. Augustine’s in Rochester.
From there he was appointed as Priest Personnel Director for the diocese, and during the 10 years in that role, also served as sacramental minister in several parishes, including St. Helen’s and Guardian Angels. In 1998, it was back to full-time parish life as pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Apalachin. Next he was called to serve as the pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes, 6 parishes in the heart of the Finger Lakes, including Dundee, Naples, Penn Yan, Prattsburgh, Rushville and Stanley, where he served since 2001.
Coming to St. Louis in 2011 he said, “I feel honored and blessed to now be coming to St. Louis, and trust God will have good things in store for us as we walk the journey together.”