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Remembering Brother Ralph Heppe, FSC

By March 3, 2021August 26th, 2022No Comments
It is with great sadness that De La Salle announces the passing of faculty member Brother Ralph Heppe, FSC.

Brother Ralph began his teaching career at De La Salle Institute. He returned to our neighborhood in retirement to the St. Benilde Community on Indiana Avenue (just blocks from De La Salle Institute) where he was in residence from 2005-2018. He later moved to the St. Paul Community for additional care.

Brother Ralph Heppe, FSC, born into life on May 15, 1936, was a dedicated Christian Brother for 66 years and died in the Lord on February 9, 2021.

“We know that we have left death and come over into life; we know it because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love is still in death. This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We, too, then, ought to give our lives for our brothers!”
(1 John 3:14, 16)
De La Salle Institute, Chicago, IL | 1958-1962
Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox, IL | 1962-1964
St. George HS, Evanston, IL | 1964-1967
Scholasticate, Lockport, IL | 1967-1970
Christian Brothers Center, Lockport, IL | 1970-1974
St. Patrick HS, Chicago, IL | 1974-2003
San Miguel School, Chicago, IL | 2003-2005
De La Salle-Benilde, Chicago, IL | 2005-2018
Paul House, Chicago, IL | 2018-2021

We encourage all interested members of the De La Salle community to contribute to the Br. Ralph Heppe, FSC Memorial Scholarship Fund at De La Salle. For more information, please contact Director of Development Iris Gist Cochran at (312) 842-7355 ext. 152 or

On behalf of the De La Salle community, we extend our thoughts, prayers and sympathies to the Heppe family.

Eternal rest grant unto Br. Ralph, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts, forever!…

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