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Apostolate of Divine Mercy
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Founder and Director
Apostolate of Divine Mercy
Diocese of Worcester , Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts
St. Charles' Seminary
Bachelor of Arts
Chicago Archdiocesan Seminary of Mundelein , Illinois
Bachelor of Fine Arts , Cum Laude
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Social Work Psychology
Fitchburg State College
Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude
On Sunday, April 27 & May 18th at 12:00pm Rev. Ralph A. DiOrio, Director of the Apostolate of Divine Mercy and Healing, will conduct services of healing and hope and a Mass at Sturbridge Host Hotel .
Father DiOrio is well known and respected for his worldwide ministry to the sick. He is the author of numerous books on healing and has produced hundreds of audio teachings. (
Ralph Anthony DiOrio, Jr. was born on Saturday, July 19th, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island.
He was the first child of Ralph DiOrio, Sr. and Molly Pazienza DiOrio. His father, an Italo-American was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1912; his mother was born in the Roman Province of Quercino, Italy, in 1909 and was brought to the shores of the United States at the age of two. At the age of turning to 15, under the spiritual direction of his Scalabrinian parish priest, he entered the Minor Seminary of The Missionary Fathers of St. Charles (Scalabrinians, named after the founder, Bishop John Baptist Scalabrini, ordinary in Piacenza, Italy), where he began his very excellent twelve year religious and academic educational training for the Holy Priesthood (1945 - 1957). In September of 1949, he graduated from the minor seminary in Chicago and entered the Immaculate Conception Novitiate in Staten Island, New York where he professed his first religious vows a year later on October 7th, 1950, the feast of the Holy Rosary of Mary. In 1953 at the age of 23 he received a Bachelor of Arts and Letters at St. Charles' Seminary, after which he returned to the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Melrose Park, Illinois to complete his four years of Sacred Theology -the seminary being under the auspices and authorization of the Chicago Archdiocesan Seminary of Mundelein, Illinois. On Saturday, June 1st, 1957, he was ordained a priest in Chicago, Illinois and became Father Ralph Anthony DiOrio, Jr. He began his zealous priesthood and pastoral assignments in both the United States and Canada. In 1961, he was assigned as Assistant Master of Novices in the Immaculate Conception Novitiate located in Cornwall, New York. His added mission was preaching and teaching along the areas of Cornwall and Newburgh, New York, as well as an assignment to teach the children of the officers at the nearby West Point Army Academy, West Point, New York. Later assigned in Utica, New York, Father DiOrio initiated on a local Radio Show WBVM his program "L'Ora Catolica" (The Catholic Hour) which he designed, produced and personally presented in the Italian language from 1963 to 1967. This weekly program dealt with an Evangelization Radio Presentation mostly directed for Italian emigrants. This work was included along other priestly ministries in local parish work, and teaching programs located within the Syracuse Diocese in Utica, New York. On March 29th, 1968, Father DiOrio, due to long standing family pressing needs and the oncoming death of his father (July 16, 1967), transferred his association to the Missionary Fathers who were then known as the Pious Society of St. Charles. At this time he became a Diocesan Priest in the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts. Under the enriching blessings of the Diocese of Worcester and in the permissions from his new Spiritual Father and bishop, the now deceased Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan, and also the successor Bishop Timothy J. Harrington, now deceased, Father DiOrio continued his academic studies, receiving postgraduate degrees at Fitchburg State College where he majored in School Psychology with additional training in Social Work Psychology, and subsequently through studies in the University of Ponce, Puerto Rico, as well as further studies at Worcester State College. Father DiOrio also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1997), and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy bestowed upon him by Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts (1992). On Sunday, May 9th, 1976 (Mother's Day), Father Ralph Anthony DiOrio, Jr. was openly blessed with the Holistic Charisma of Healings. After much ecclesiastical discernment, Father began his mission as the Founder and Director of the Apostolate of Divine Mercy and Healing which is pursued to this day. Father DiOrio has received many awards and honors for his church and humanitarian works, and notably in building a Children's Hospital, now a Hospice, in Alleppey, India. He was awarded by actresses Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Founders of Childhelp for the healing of abused children, the 1982 "Children's Village USA Angel Award" in Hollywood, California. He also was awarded the UNICO Man of The Year Award in 1982; the 1997 Bishop O'Reilly Assembly (Knights of Columbus) Citizen of the Year Award; and the Witness Award in 2006 from the Passionist Community. In conjunction with his ministry of Evangelization, Father DiOrio has shared his life in Soulwinning through multiple media: television programs, radio programming, national and international crusades, retreats and seminars. In publications, Father is the author of eight books, his prayerful daily meditations through the following literary presentations: "The Man Beneath the Gift"; "The Healing Power of Affirmation"; "Called to Heal"; "In His Footsteps"; "A Miracle to Proclaim"; "Healing Love"; "Signs and Wonders"; "God's Embracing Love"; pamphlets, audio tapes and CD ministries.... Father DiOrio, under the past formal auspices, guidance and direction of Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan, D.D., Spiritual Father and mentor during the ministerial years of his Diocesan Priesthood, is the Founder and Director of the Apostolate of Prayer for Evangelization and Divine Mercy Healing (1981). Father DiOrio believes not in criticism which destroys, but incritique, which is like awakening the Sleeping Giant to rise. Solid conviction of a daily fresh atmosphere of an authentic Personal Prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament - daily Adoration.
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About Father Ralph DiOrio About Father DiOrio Father DiOrio is a Roman Catholic Priest, Educator, Philanthropist, Author, Artist and Healer. Fr. DiOrio was ordained June 1, 1957, and has served in parishes in Chicago, IL, Ontario, Canada, Utica, NY and Fitchburg, MA. He is the recipient of the following awards: Fr. DiOrio's concern for world humanity resulted in creation of his Children's Fund. The Fund's accomplishments include a Children's Hospital - Alleppy, India, and a Children's Clinic addition and a Chapel for the Benedictine Sisters - St Lucia (West Indies). Fr. DiOrio received the Gift of Healing on May 9, 1976. On November 15, 1977, his International Healing Ministry was formed, taking him all over the world. Many people have witnessed healings at the crusades. In India, a crowd of 250,000 people attended one such service. He has been written about in countless newspapers and magazines, and has had the privilege of appearing on National and International TV and Radio. Fr. DiOrio has a well-established Audio and Video ministry , and is the author of eight books. Under the faithful adherence to the sound theology of the Church, and under the obedient and prudent supervision of the local bishops of Worcester, past and present, and under the overseeing general authorization of the Holy See's officials, Father Ralph Anthony DiOrio, Jr. is permitted to function in these services of evangelization and healing--as long as he preaches and teaches the mercy and the love of Jesus Christ. The teaching and preaching brings about the expression of faith and the occasion of healing. God chooses many ways to convey His love, namely the teaching and preaching of the Gospel. It has been discerned by appropriate authority that Father DiOrio, during the past 26 years of the formal healing ministry throughout the world, fulfills his responsible accountability to Almighty God and to the People of God.
The diocese also participated in healing services lead by Father Ralph A. DiOrio of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass. in 1986.
In the March 7, 1986, issue, the paper reported that "12,000 attend prayer event at coliseum. A similar event in Fort Smith drew 1,500 people to the convention center there. Father DiOrio explained that his gift of healing was from God, and that he was not a faith healer.
Journey with Fr. Ralph DiOrio of Religious, Scenic & Historical Significance For those of you who don't know Fr. Ralph A. DiOrio,, he is the priest with the healing gift from Worcester, MA and our trip was Monday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 13, 2008.(Mt 13: 45-46) This expresses my sentiment for this trip and any trip shared with you and Father DiOrio.