Deacon’s family thankful for prayers and support

Deacon Ray DuBois injured in a fall last month

Deacon Ray DuBois is pictured raising the Book of the Gospels during an ordination Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay in June 2016. Deacon DuBois, who recently retired as president of St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System, suffered a serious injury last month resulting from a fall. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — Last month, Deacon Ray DuBois, suffered serious injury. His family released the following information to The Compass:

“On Thursday, March 25, Deacon Ray DuBois was in a serious accident in Mesa, Ariz., where he recently retired. Deacon Ray suffered a fall outside, resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury that included a fractured skull and cerebral bleeding. He was in the ICU (intensive care unit) for five days and spent an additional three weeks in an acute inpatient rehab facility where he received intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy.

“Deacon Ray is now in an inpatient subacute facility and, as is typical with traumatic brain injuries, long-term prognosis is not always clear. While we are hopeful he will continue to make significant progress, he will likely require additional care in the future. His family is incredibly proud of all of Deacon Ray’s hard work and is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support. Any donations received will go to assist with the significant medical and related expenses that will be incurred to help with Deacon Ray’s continued recovery.”

A GoFundMe medical recovery fund has been established. To donate, for updates or more information, visit gofundme.com/f/deacon-ray-dubois-medical-recovery-fund.

Deacon DuBois, who served as president of St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System in Appleton from 2012 to 2020, was ordained to the diaconate for the Diocese of Green Bay in 2004. His most recent parish appointment was at St. Gabriel the Archangel, Neenah. He was a member of the Curia staff of the Diocese of Green Bay from 2007 to 2012, including serving as director of communications. 

His son, Patrick; daughter, Megan; sister, Jane DuBois; and Patrick’s fiancé, Katie Carlson; traveled to Arizona immediately following the accident to provide assistance.