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November 29, 2017
On behalf of José Luis Mumbiela Sierra
Bishop of the dioceses of the Most Holy Trinity in Almaty, President of the Bishop's Conference of Kazakhstan
and all the Catholic community of Kazakhstan

Father Ray is an extraordinary person, priest, teacher, and friend. When he came to Kazakhstan to the Most Holy Trinity parish in Almaty he was already 70. He had twice the age of many of the priests who were already here, as well as a very contagious enthusiasm. He had already earned a well-deserved vacation, because he had been a missionary in the Caribbean for a long time and, because of his age, it was time for him to rest. However, the love of God pushed him to bring the flame of the faith further away, to countries where Jesus was still unknown. For him, that meant going to Russia or to some other country of the former USSR. He started to write letters from the US, so he could go again on a mission. In Kazakhstan, he found Mons. Henry T. Howaniec OFM, a US citizen like he and almost his own age, who explained to him the situation of the faith in this country of ours, as well as the need we had of missionaries who were willing to do anything. Fr. Ray did not think it twice, packed his suitcase and came to Almaty without speaking any Russian at all.
He fell immediately in love with Zharkent, a city close to the Chinese border, near which the first missionaries of Middle Ages (Richard of Burgundy and his Franciscan companions) who came to these lands suffered martyrdom. He started to work in Zharkent, building a small Christian community. As a result of his work, numerous conversions and baptisms came about and today there are many who remember him with great affection. Through Fr. Ray, God put many people on the way to heaven, people who are now thankful and pray for him.
In the course of the years, his health deteriorated and he could no longer move around as easily as before. He then thought of going to the catholic seminary of Karaganda and keep helping out from there. And so he moved there, until he had to go back to his home country, due to his old age: his strength and his memory were getting weaker and weaker.
Since the time Fr. Ray got back to the US he always dreamed of going back to Zharkent to the city of his dreams, where he wished to have died.
On a certain occasion, Fr. Ray mentioned that if you want to know if I am dead, try this: make the Bishop ask if someone wishes to volunteer to go to a new city and if I do not stand up, that means I'm dead. That is the way our dear Fr. Ray was, always willing to take the light of the Gospel wherever it was needed.
He has died in his country of birth, but he is still in our memories and in our hearts. God bless him for everything he did. With the deepest gratefulness of the diocese of Karaganda and Almaty and of the entire Church of Kazakhstan: may he rest in peace, our dear Father Ray!