Rev. R. Tony Ricard
Rev. R. Tony Ricard is a Priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the Campus Minister and Theology Teacher at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He is the Pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish and is also a Core Instructor of Church Doctrine and Youth Ministry for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Fr. Tony is the author of 12 awesome books which include “I Still Believe: A Testimony of Faith After the Storm,” “Don’t Be Stupid! Lessons You Should Already Know,” and “Diary of An Unapologetic Roman Catholic Priest”. His books, “Tony Tales” and “Tony Tales 2" are a compilations of his first nine Best-Selling books. His newest book is entitled, “Dreams I’ve Never Had! Justice Denied/Justice Supplied”. It reflects on many of the issues that we are currently faced that we never dreamed we would have to face.
Fr. Tony has given keynote addresses, retreats, revivals, and youth talks across the nation and throughout Canada. At last count, he has preached in and visited 22 other countries.
Since the 2000 Season, Fr. Tony has served as the Catholic Chaplain of the NFL’s 2010 World Champions - the New Orleans Saints. In this capacity he coordinates the Pre-game Masses and celebrates other Sacraments with the Players, Coaches and Staff.
He is a native of New Orleans and a proud graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and St. Augustine High School. He is a former New Orleans Public School teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, a Master of Theology degree from Xavier University and a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame Seminary.