Reverend William R. Ribando, C.S.C., died peacefully on Friday, September 9, 2011, in Holy Cross House on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
A native of Williamsport, he was a son of Dorothy Nardi Ribando and her late husband William Ribando.
A 1956 graduate of Williamsport High School, he joined the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1958 and graduated from Stonehill College in 1961.
He studied for the priesthood at the Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained on December 19, 1964.
Father Ribando joined the faculty at King’s College in 1966, and taught until 1974, when he was elected Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province.
He obtained a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of America in 1970. He returned to King’s in 1983, where he resumed teaching and served several times as chairman of the theology department.
Father Ribando was named the Manus-Cooney Distinguished Professor of Humanities and was granted status as Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from King’s College.
Father Ribando was well-known in the Diocese of Scranton, filling in at various churches for Sunday Mass, officiating at the weddings of his former King’s students, teaching in diocesan formation programs and serving on diocesan commissions.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Kay Tighe, Mountain View, Calif.; Paula Ribando, Hershey, and Dorothy Kinsman and her husband, Donald, Fort Thomas, Ky.; brother, Robert Ribando, and his wife, Cheryl, Charlottesville, Va.; five nieces and three grandnieces.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Chapel of Christ the King, the corner of North Franklin and Jackson streets, Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Rev. William R. Ribando CSC Scholarship Fund, King’s College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.