Ricardo Vidal received after a study of Catholic theology and philosophy in 1956, the sacrament of Holy Orders. Subsequently he was employed until 1971 as a clergyman director of the diocesan seminary in the training of young priests.
In 1971, he received episcopal ordination and was appointed Titular Bishop of Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese Claternae and Malolos. From 1973 on, he worked for eight years as Archbishop of Lipa, before him, Pope John Paul II in 1981 appointed Koadjutorerzbischof and a year later as Archbishop of Cebu. Within the Philippine Bishops' Conference, which he headed from 1985 to 1987 also, the special work focus of Ricardo Vidal was in the area of concern for priestly vocations.
On May 25, 1985, Pope John Paul II was a cardinal priest with the titular church of Santi Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense to the College of Cardinals. He participated in the conclave of 2005, in which Benedict XVI. was chosen in part.
On 15 October 2010 Benedict XVI accepted. be pre- attached for reasons of age resignation to.