Ruhling, Reverend James P.
Reverend James P. Ruhling The Reverend James P. Ruhling 73, died Friday, February 29, 2008 at Christ the King Manor, DuBois. Born January 18, 1935 in Erie, Pa.,
he was the son of the late Richard F. and Mildred Schauble Ruhling Graham. Father Ruhling attended both St. John parish grade school and St. Peter Cathedral parish grade school before graduating from Cathedral Prep in 1952. Upon high school graduation, he entered St. Mark Seminary in Erie and attended Gannon College (now Gannon University) for two years before completing his seminary training at St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md., graduating with a B.A. in 1960. He was ordained as a priest on May 26, 1960 at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie by the Most Reverend Edward P. McManaman, Auxiliary Bishop of Erie. Fr. Ruhling’s home parish was St. Peter Cathedral Parish, Erie. Following ordination, Fr. Ruhling was assigned as assistant at St. Joseph parish, Erie, from 1960 to 1967 and as assistant at Notre Dame parish in Hermitage from 1967 to 1971. From 1971 to 1974, he served as assistant at Blessed Sacrament parish, Erie. In 1974 he was named pastor of St. Agnes parish in Morrisdale, where he served until 1983 when he was named chaplain to John XXIII Home in Hermitage. From 1984 to 1985 he served as pastor of St. Elizabeth parish in Corry. In 1985 he was named parochial vicar at Sacred Heart parish, Erie. From 1987 to 1990 he served as Assistant Chancellor for the Diocese of Erie. During his time as Assistant Chancellor, he resided at Sacred Heart parish, Erie, from 1987 to 1989 and at St. Casimir parish, Erie, from 1989 to 1990, while providing weekend help to St. Peter parish in Conneautville from 1987 to 1988 and serving as chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy from 1988 to 1990. From 1990 to 1999, he served in the diocesan Office of Matrimonial Concerns and also as Catholic chaplain to the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie, residing at Our Lady of Peace parish, Erie. He retired in 1999. During his retirement, he assisted at Immaculate Conception parish in Erie. In 2005 he relocated to Christ the King Manor in DuBois where he resided until his death. Fr. Ruhling is survived by his brother, William Ruhling and his wife Helen of Northfield, Ohio. Friends may call at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc. 2502 Sassafras Street, Erie, Pa. 16502 on Tuesday March 4 from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. Calling hours will resume on Wednesday, March 5 at Immaculate Conception Church, 233 East 16th Street, Erie, from 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., with Bishop Donald Trautman presiding. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com
Burial will be in the priest circle at Calvary Cemetery,
Bishop Donald Trautman,
Immaculate Conception parish "
Christ the King Manor"