Thanks be to God!

By Father Juan Ramirez

Editor’s note: This essay was originally published in the May 24 issue of The Message, as then-Deacon Ramirez began his priestly service.

Thanks be to God!

Probably you will be reading this paragraph a day before my Priesthood Ordination.

Please say a short prayer for me. I am very happy and excited about my Priesthood Ordination; it has been something I always wanted to do in my life. Since I was seven years old, I felt God calling me to be a priest; but I was not sure about what that meant.

In 2003, I came to the United States to reunite with my family. I came to Chicago and worked three years for UPS. After those three years, I entered the Seminary. Since 2007, I have journeyed towards May 25, 2019, and my ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad Alleluia.” I am very blessed to receive this gift from God in my life.

Father Juan Ramirez

As disciples of Christ, we are called to give our gifts and talents away for the service of others. I pray to God that He will give me a happy Priesthood, full of His mercy, love, hope and peace. I know that God is giving me the gift of Priesthood — not to keep it to myself, but to give it away to the People of God in service.

I am very blessed for serving at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Washington as a seminarian, as a Deacon and soon as a Priest. Thank you very much to all those who have been involved in my formation, and all who have supported me in this journey. I want to thank my parents, Luis Ramirez and Cristina Torres, my sisters, and all my family and friends for all their support.

I pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe to protect me and always watch over me in my priestly ministry. And finally let me tell you something: GOD IS GOOD!

God loves you, and May God bless you always.