May 14, 1935 - Oct. 31, 2013
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NOTRE DAME - Rev. Ronald Russell Tripi, C.S.C., 78, died Thursday (Oct. 31, 2013) at Holy Cross House. Fr. Tripi was born May 14, 1935, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Joseph and Jenny (Castiglia) Tripi. He graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Buffalo, in 1953 before attending the University of Notre Dame. After his freshmen year, he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross' Sacred Heart Novitiate in Jordan, Minn., on Aug. 15, 1954, and made his First Vows a year later on Aug. 16, 1955. Fr. Tripi then returned to Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame. He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and then studied theology for four years at Holy Cross College, Washington, D.C., where he received a master's degree in sacred doctrine. He professed Final Vows on Aug. 16, 1959 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1962. From the time of his Ordination until 1985, Fr. Tripi served in Holy Cross Foreign Missions in the East Pakistan/Bengal region, which is now Bangladesh. Fr. Tripi studied language and culture for a year at the Oriental Institute in Barisal City and also served as pastor and associate pastor of various parishes in the region, including Corpus Christi Parish in Jalchatra. From 1963 to 1966, he served as an assistant and teacher at Little Flower Seminary in Bandhura. In 1986, Fr. Tripi returned to the United States and served as associate pastor at Holy Cross and St. Stanislaus Parish in South Bend, Ind., for 15 years. In 2001, Fr. Tripi moved to Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend. He has served as associate pastor there for the past 12 years until he moved to Holy Cross House on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. While at Christ the King, Fr. Tripi assisted with Masses at nursing homes in the area, visited with the homebound parishioners and served as chaplain to the elementary grades at Christ the King School. Fr. Tripi celebrated his 50th Jubilee in 2012. Fr. Tripi's parents and his brothers, Carl and Howard, are deceased. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Wendy King (widow of Howard) and several loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 5, 2013) at Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 S.R. 933, South Bend, IN 46637. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 6, 2013) at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Kaniewski Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions for Fr. Tripi in support of the foreign mission work of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: Holy Cross Mission Center, P.O. Box 543, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0543 or online at Donate.holycrossmissions.org.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 2, 2013