McDonald, Father Raymond

1960, December 8

Date of Birth: 1905, March 5

Raymond J. McDonald was born in Ludington, Michigan, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, on March 5, 1905. Between 1910 and 1923 he attended public and parochial schools in Ludington. In 1928 he entered St. Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary in Grand Rapids. Two years later, in 1930, he came to St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, for his Philosophy. He achieved his B.A. in 1932. For the next four years he studied Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Roland Park, acquiring his S.T.B. in 1934 and his S.T.L. in 1936. On April 19, 1936 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Pinter in the Grand Rapids Cathedral.

He returned to Roland Park for further theological study and remained there until 1937. In 1937-1938 he made his Solitude in Catonsville, Maryland. After several Sulpician appointments he went, in 1940, to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, Washington. While serving as assistant there, he acted as administrator of churches in Clayton, in Springdale, and in Hunters, all in the Diocese of Spokane. In 1954, he was appointed administrator of Immaculate Conception Church in Davenport, Washington. Father McDonald died of cancer on December 8, 1960.

Adapted from the Voice, from Father McDonald’s “Personal Data” sheet, and from clippings in his personal file reproduced by Father John Bowen.