Catholic Theological Society of America

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Ralph Del Colle

died: July 29, 2012

Del Colle, Ralph Age 57, of Milwaukee, passed into Eternal Life on July 29, 2012. Preceded in death by his loving parents Flavia and Alfred Del Colle and survived by his beloved wife Lee Coppernoll and children Josh and Zoe Del Colle and dear confidant, twin sister Flavia. He is also survived by in-laws Sue and Dean Coppernoll, brothers-in-law Doug, Jeff and Kelly, sister-in-law Connie and many devoted cousins. Ralph was born in New York City on October 3, 1954, raised in Mineola, Long Island and attended Xavier High School in Chelsea. He received a B.A. in the History and Literature of Religion, New York University, and M.Div, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees, Union Theological Seminary.

Ralph taught for 17 years in the Marquette University Theology Department, prior to that he taught at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL and St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH. Ralph served as a representative to the Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue for the Pontifical Council on Christian Unity for 12 years and also on the Catholic-Reformed Dialogue and Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue, both for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was invited by the Pontifical Council to serve as representative to the World Council of Churches Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998. In 2002-2003, he served as President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and in 2003 he received the Archbishop's Vatican II Award. Ralph's scholarly work, especially his work on the Holy Spirit, made significant contributions to the field of Systematic Theology.


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