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Father John K. Ring

May 11, 2017

24 Ring MUGFather John K. Ring, retired pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, San Francisco, died May 5. He was 86 years old and a priest for 55 years. Survivors include his brother Father Vincent Ring, retired pastor of St. Denis Parish, Menlo Park. Father Vincent said his brother “will be remembered as an excellent preacher, a loving brother, and a very loyal friend. He was also a remarkable correspondent whose penmanship was legendary.”

Born in San Francisco, Father John Ring attended St. Anne School moving on to St. Joseph College Seminary in Mountain View and St. Patrick Seminary & University in Menlo Park. Father Ring was ordained to the priesthood June 10, 1961 by Bishop Merlin J. Guilfoyle at St. Mary’s Cathedral and celebrated his first Mass at St. Anne of the Sunset Church. He served as a parochial vicar at parishes including Most Holy Redeemer and St. Brigid, San Francisco; St. Patrick, Larkspur and St. Matthew, San Mateo and is a former pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish in South San Francisco.

Father Ring was pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish for 24 years, retiring in 2011.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 10 at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Remembrances may be made to the Priests Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.

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