- Ricardo Ramirez
The Most Reverend
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Ricardo Ramirez was born in Bay City,
Texas, as the the second of the two children of Natividad and Maria Ramirez. He attended Latin American School Jefferson Davis Grammar from 1942 to 1950, and Bay City High Schoolfrom 1951 to 1955. Ramirez then studied at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, from where he obtained his Bachelor's degreein 1959. He later joined the Congregation of St. Basil, more commonly known as the Basilian Fathers, and studied at St. Basil's Seminaryin Torontofrom 1963 to 1965, whence he entered the Conciliar Seminaryin Mexico City.
Ramirez was ordained to the priesthood on
December 10, 1966, and then assigned to [http://www.stmarys-os.org/ St. Mary's Church] in Owen Sound, Canada. He studied at the University of Detroit from 1967 to 1968, there earning his Master of Arts degree, and then served as chaplainto university students at the Centro Cultural Aragónin Mexico City until 1970. Whilst working on the Family Religious Education Projectin Tehuacánfrom 1970 to 1976, Ramirez furthered his studies at the East Asian Pastoral Instituteof the Ateneo de Manila Universityin Manila (1973-1974). Upon his return to the United States, he was Vice-President of the Mexican American Cultural Centerin San Antonio from 1976 to 1981.
October 27, 1981, Ramirez was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio and Titular Bishop of "Vatarba" by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 6from Archbishop Patrick Flores, with Bishops John Morkovsky and Rafael Ayala y Ayalaserving as co-consecrators. Ramirez was later named the first Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, on August 17, 1982, being formally installed as such on the following October 18.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he sits on the International Policy Committee, [http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/ Committee on the Liturgy] , Committee on the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, and [http://www.usccb.org/hispanicaffairs/ Committee on Hispanic Affairs] . He formerly chaired the [http://www.usccb.org/latinamerica/index.shtml Committee on the Church in Latin America] and the [http://www.usccb.org/cchd/grants/process.shtml Catholic Campaign for Human Development] .
* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bramirez.html Catholic-Hierarchy]
* [http://www.dioceseoflascruces.org/root/bishop/html/bp_main.html Diocese of Las Cruces]
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