Fr. Raymond T. Holscher, S.J. was born on 19 March 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. He finished primary education at Holy Child Jesus School, Richmond Hill, N.Y. in 1957 and graduated at Brooklyn Preparatory School, N.Y. in 1960. On the same year, he entered St. Andrew-on-Hudson Novitiate, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on 30 July. After first vows, he continued his Juniorate at St. Andrew-on-Hudson. He arrived in the Philippines in 1964 and studied Tagalog language at Ateneo de San Pablo. In 1965, he studied Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University until 1967.