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Chad Ripperger
Father Ripperger
OrdinationJune 7, 1997
by Bishop Edward Slattery
Personal details
Born (1964-10-11) October 11, 1964 (age 59)
Casper, Wyoming
United States
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceKeenesburg, Colorado
Alma materUniversity of San Francisco (BA)
University of St. Thomas (MA)
Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (PhD)

Chad Alec Ripperger (born October 11, 1964) is an American Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, and exorcist. He is well known in traditional Catholic circles, has presented many conferences throughout the United States on theological and pastoral subjects, and is the founder of the traditional Catholic Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother (the Doloran Fathers)[1] in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, United States.


Ripperger was born in Casper, Wyoming. He earned two Bachelor degrees, in theology and philosophy, from the University of San Francisco; and two Master degrees, one in philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and another in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. He joined the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), which sent him to Rome to receive his doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.[2]

After being ordained a Catholic priest on June 7, 1997,[3] he spent a year in a parish in Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked in the diocesan St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. After working for four years in the Seminary, he was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, which is the primary American seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, where he taught dogmatic and moral theology and philosophy[4] for six years. He also served as a pastor in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for three years.[2]

He served as an exorcist for the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2012 to 2016, and thereafter moved to the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado.[5] Ripperger left the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter so as to found the new priestly community of the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother (the Doloran Fathers).[3] Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver instituted the Society as a public association of the faithful. It is presently housed in Keenesburg, Colorado.[6]


  1. ^ Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother
  2. ^ a b "Fr. Chad Ripperger". Our Sorrowful Mother's Ministry. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Profile in the website of the Archdiocese of Denver
  4. ^ "Fr. Chad Ripperger". Tumblar House. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Douglas, Max (January 17, 2017). "Traditionalist Society of Exorcists Moving to Denver". Church Militant.
  6. ^ Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother: Chapel, accessed November 9, 2021.