2 June, 2016 - Joe Ritchie passes away







Joe Ritchie, the abbey's friend and long-time employee died on Thursday morning, the 2nd of June, after a relatively short but intense battle with cancer. Joe was 62 years old.

Joe worked for the abbey as its construction and maintenance supervisor since the 1980's, seeing us through innumerable crises and projects. He was unfailingly kind, patient and dependable even under stress.

His warm smile and generous presence will be sorely missed.


Please join us in offering prayers and condolences to Joe's family and friends.

Joe will be buried here at Gethsemani in a private ceremony, as per his wishes.



Joe Ritchie in 1989, during the renovation of the retreat house.

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