The Rev. Dr. Ralph Thomas Walker SSC

June 14, 1944November 19, 2012

Ralph Thomas Walker was born in Denver, Colorado on June 14, 1944 to Edward Lee and Evelyn Rose Walker. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1962. He attended Colorado State College, now, the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 1966. He attended Nashotah House, a seminary of the Episcopal Church and graduated with a M. Div. in 1969. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Nashotah House in 1992.

He was ordained Deacon on June 24, 1969, and Priest on December 26, 1969. He served as Curate at St. Stephen Proto-Martyr Church in Aurora, Colorado from 1969 to 1970 when he became the Rector of St. Andrews Church in La Junta, Colorado. In 1975, he became the Rector of St. Michael and All Angels' Church, Denver, Colorado and served 37 years until his retirement in 2012.

In the Diocese of Colorado, he served on the Executive Council, the Department of Youth Council, the Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry and Deputy to General Convention.

He has been a member of the Society of the Holy Cross since 1974 and has served as the Master of the Society for the Province of the Americas since 2005.

He was active in community life including, prior membership in Jaycees and Rotary clubs, has taught religious classes at the high school and college levels, and led summer youth camps for 25 years.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House since 1976 and Secretary since 1984.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Claudia Sue Walker, daughter Mary (Brian) Loiseau, son Stephen (Janna) Walker, and 5 grandchildren, Michael, Elizabeth, and Katherine Loiseau and Aidan and Tess Walker.

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Thomas, SSC, 68, died on November 19, 2012. A Requiem Mass will be held at St. Michael and All Angels' Church, 1400 S. University Blvd., Denver, 80210, on Tuesday, 11/27 at 10am. Burial will be at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 80033 at 3pm. There will be a Vigil at 6:30pm on Monday evening, 11/26, also at the Church. Memorials may be given to St. Michael and All Angels' Church, 1400 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210.


  • Vigil Service Monday, November 26, 2012
  • A Requiem Mass Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Thomas Walker SSC

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January 7, 2013

My condolences to Claudia and all the Walker family. Ralph was my great friend and religious guide. I think of him often in ordinary things; though I hadn't seen him for some years, I will miss him. You and your family are in my prayers.

John Shown

Fr. Russell Touchstone, SSC

December 10, 2012

Dear Father, I came to know you through our membership in the Society of the Holy Cross, and I treasure our association. You were especially kind to me during the Synod of 2001. May our loving God grant you eternal rest where the light of his countenance shines. Rest in peace, dear friend, and rise in glory. And may our Lord Jesus Christ give you light and peace in the company of all his saints, forever.

Bill St John

December 10, 2012

Father Walker was a friend. I appreciated the opportunity to know him.

Janet Tanner Branham

November 27, 2012

Just want to send my condelences, thoughts and prayers to Claudia and family for your loss. Knowing Ralph and Claudia goes back to their college days when Ralph was President of Canterbury at UNC. Fr. Ralph was rector at St Andrews in La Junta and was by my side when I needed it most and will always be thankful for his spiritual support. He also baptized my Goddaughter at St Michael's. Rest in peace and God's blessings to Claudia and family.

Moses Joknhial II

November 25, 2012

Fr. Walker is my great friend, a great supporter of my project in South Sudan. I will remember Fr. Walker as a Saint. I love him and May God rest his soul in peace. May God comfort his family.
Moses Joknhial II

Deborah Cunningham

November 24, 2012

To me, Fr. Ralph was always the living example of what a holy priest of God should embody. His life was a blessing to all of us who knew him. May he be received by the Holy Angels and brought into Paradise.

Michael Greening

November 24, 2012

Father Walker was the shepherd that found me when I was lost and brought me back to the Episcopal fold. He knew my strengths and weaknesses and helped me use both for the greater glory of God and the church. His knowledge and practice of the faith were second to none and his persona became the face of St. Michael and All Angels. While others may take his place as Rector he can never be replaced in my heart. Rest in Peace Father Walker.

Fr. Robert Herrell

November 23, 2012

Fr. Ralph baptized me, catechized me, offered me for confirmation, married my wife and I, and baptized my daughter. He was my high school and college teacher. He was a mentor. I am so glad that we had reconnected, and share our concerns with each other. I have never and will never forget what he has meant to me and my family. My prayers go out to Mrs. Walker and her family. Rest eternal grant unto Ralph, O Lord. And may light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

Katherine Townrow

November 23, 2012

I learned so much from Fr. Walker and I was always impressed by his deep faith and reverence. Even now, though I am Catholic, I always say Morning prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. I am told that we never go to heaven (or hell) alone and I know that Fr Walker will be carrying a great chain of souls he has brought to a deep religious faith.
Katie Townrow

Ronald Zito

November 23, 2012

I am now a Roman Catholic, but what I learned from Father Walker was pivotal in my return to Catholicism. He was a great teacher and historian of the faith, and a serious believer in the meaningful apostolic and liturgical roots of Christianity. My wife and I were also married by Father Walker, so it is with profound sadness that I hear of his passing. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
Ron Zito (Denver, CO)