June 2, 2017

Meet our future deacons

Juan Carlos Ramirez

Juan Carlos RamirezAge: 50
Wife: Gabriela
Home Parish: St. Bartholomew Parish, Columbus
Occupation: Quality Director

Who are the important role models in your life of faith?

My role models are my parents, Rogelio and Guadalupe. My father worked very hard to give us a better life. He was what I call “a professional student.” He always was looking to learn something new. My mother was in charge to let us know the don’ts and do’s of life. She helped us to make faith in God our foundation, to rise above our circumstances, follow our heart and show compassion for others.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, saints, prayers and devotions?

Among my favorite Scripture verses are Lk 15:11-32 and Mt 5:1-11. My favorite saints are St. Peter and St. Paul. My favorite prayer is the Our Father. And my favorite devotions are the Liturgy of the Hours and the rosary.

Deacons often minister, formally or informally, to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that already and what do you anticipate doing in the future?

I’ve found what people need more than anything is often just someone to listen. And it helps if that someone has walked the same road, had the same struggles and understands all the problems that go with family life.

Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?

God has given me many gifts in my life. I feel called now to use these gifts serving God’s Church, and to use them in his service.

How do you hope to serve through your life and ministry as a deacon?

The best way to describe the impact diaconal formation has had in my life is that it has been transformational. The program has nurtured me in my faith journey. I have learned through self-reflection to better identify God’s presence in everyday life, including my family, friends, co-workers and even those who I do not know well, yet consider me a friend. †

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