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Mike Carello.

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Jonathan Lewis.

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About the Pastor

Meet the Pastor: Rev. Iván D. Ramirez

It is with humility and with great joy that I take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as your pastor. I was born in Colombia,
and I was fortunate to be born into a Catholic family with deep Christian values which I received since my childhood and became the seed of my love for Jesus through the priesthood.  I began my formation at the Major Seminary “Salvator Mundi” in Duitama in 1996, and then continued my formati on in the Major Seminary of Tunja, where I completed my studies in Philosophy and Theology in 2003.

On December 13, 2003 I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Duitama–Samamoso, where I worked for three years as a parochial vicar. In 2006 I had the opportunity to study Pastoral Theology at the Pontificia Università Lateranense in Rome. After completing my studies I was sent to the Archdiocese of Hartford.

I arrived in Hartford in September 2009. Saint Thomas Seminary was my home for abo ut six months while participating in the ESL program at the University of Hartford. In June 2010, I was appointed parochial vicar of the parishes of St Rose of Lima, St Isaac Jogues and St Mary’s in East Harford. Then, on January 8, 2014, I was called to be the administrator of St Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford. After a year I was appointed pastor where I remained until a last week.

The priesthood of Jesus Christ is a gift from God. Every priest needs a flock, a people, a context in which to serve and minister. St Joseph Parish will now be that place where the gift of my priesthood will find a home. My only hope and prayer is to bring and be an instrument of Jesus Christ, the High Priest, to the good people of this parish. I am eager for the opportunity God has blessed me with to share in priesthood with you. I believe that together we can open ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit so we may know God’s will and follow with generous hearts.