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Rev. Ramon Decaen (’96)


Thomas Aquinas College tutor Dr. Christopher Decaen (’93) offers the following update on his brother, Rev. Ramon Decaen (’96), who passed away on August 10: 


Thank you all for the generous outpouring of prayers, condolences, and donations for Fr. Ramon’s funeral expenses. Stunningly, we reached our $14,000 goal in under 18 hours, so the GoFundMe site no longer accepts donations. However, in my last conversation with Fr. Ramon, two weeks ago, he expressed his hopes to build a larger church for his mostly immigrant parishioners at Cristo Rey in Lincoln, Nebraska — though he had no idea how they would fund it, given that it’s not a wealthy community (although they are so generous with their time and talents, he always told me). Please consider donating to his parish of these last 10 years, where he is so profoundly missed and loved.

The funeral will be held at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, also in Lincoln, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday August 21. All are welcome. (There will also be a Rosary while his body lies in state at Cristo Rey on Friday the 20th at 7:00 p.m., but the church building is so small, I would prefer it if only his parish members attended this. They are heartbroken and will no doubt fill the church.)

Fr. Ramon’s burial will occur at the Santa Paula cemetery in California, at a date to be determined still. All will be welcome at that as well.

My brother visited Southern California four times since January, more frequently than he ever did, almost as though he were on a farewell tour and we didn’t realize it; I am so glad my parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews, and I were able to see him so much during this time. He wrestled valiantly with COVID for nearly two weeks before he passed, but (paradoxically) sometimes the Lord needs us to lose certain battles, so that we will bear much fruit (John 12:24). 

Thanks again for your prayers and support.

— Fr. Ramon’s extended family.