Ralph Anthony DiOrio, Jr. was born on Saturday, July 19th, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island.
was the first child of Ralph DiOrio, Sr. and Molly Pazienza DiOrio.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.