As a new pastor of Holy Rosary, I would like to take this opportunity to share a little information about myself. I was born and raised in Colombia, South America and come from a large, Catholic family and am the youngest of ten children. I was baptized Catholic as a child and have a great devotion to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St Martin de Porres. I first became interested in becoming a Dominican when I was twenty-two years old. I made my profession to the Order of Preachers on September 4, 2008 and was ordained on July 10, 2010. I came to the United States in 2001 and attended Tulane University's program for English as a Second Language. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Universidad Santo Tomas in Bogota, Colombia and a Masters of Divinity /Masters of Arts in Theology from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
As a Dominican, I have been serving in a variety of ministries: RCIA; ministry to people living with HIV/ AIDS; campus ministry at Duke University in Durham, NC & Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. I also was the Parochial Vicar for St. Elizabeth Church in Lubbock. In the last three years before coming to Holy Rosary, I was serving as Socius and Vicar Provincial for the St. Martin de Porres Province.
It is with great joy that I come to Holy Rosary to continue serving the mission of Jesus Christ. Most of all, I am very grateful to all the members of Holy Rosary Parish for your warm welcome and J look forward to walking with you!
-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.