New faces at the Catholic Chancery
By Dave Myers
Southwest Kansas Catholic
When asked what hobbies she enjoys, Heidy Ramirez, the new Database and Development Assistant for the Catholic Chancery, thought for a moment and replied, “We love watching movies.”
Old movies? Contemporary? Westerns?
“Hindi,” she answered with a smile.
“You mean Bollywood?”
“We love the music, and they have good messages ....”
Being a mother of six, the Dodge City resident wants her family to have positive influences. This is one of the reasons why she accepted the position at the Catholic Chancery.
“The environment – the spirituality – is very important to my family,” she said of her new position. “It’s not just a job, but a ministry — helping my Church.”
She will serve under the supervision of the Office of Development, directed by Mark Roth. Her primary role will be to coordinate and maintain all aspects of the donor system for the Diocesan database (Donor Perfect).
Ramirez replaces outgoing assistant, Susan Wrinn Flax (see below).
Ramirez moved to Dodge City with her parents, Bertha and Luis de Luna, and her two brothers, from Juarez, Mexico at age 14. She graduated Dodge City High School in 1997 and began attending Dodge City Community College.
At 19, she met and married Carlos Ramirez. The couples’ six children range in age from 18 to a toddler who will turn 2 in September.
She previously served in financial services for a Wichita company for one year. Before that, she worked for three years at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
It’s a good guess that her parents, who teach marriage support classes, instilled in their daughter a certain sense of humor, even about a sacrament as important as marriage.
“I was telling Father Wesley [Schawe] that the 19 years I’ve been married seem like only five minutes,” she explained. “When Father Wesley said, ‘That’s wonderful!’ I added, “…under water.” Ramirez broke into laughter, knowing the absurdity of the statement, especially when it comes to her blessed marriage to Carlos.
Ramirez serves as a Natural Family Planning teacher, providing lessons on the Billings Ovulation Method. She and Carlos sing in the choir at Mass. In fact, it’s rare to attend any diocesan function at the cathedral and not see Heidy or Carlos, or both of them, involved in some capacity.
“I think I’m going to like it here,” she said two days into her new job at the chancery. “I’m here to help in any way. I like helping people.”