New director of Matrimony, Family Life, and NFP office proves that God’s plan begins with a Leap of Faith
By Dave Myers
Southwest Kansas Catholic
Diana Ramirez has been hired as the new Director of the Matrimony, Family Life, and Natural Family Planning (NFP) office.
The Dodge City resident and mother of two is proof that accepting God’s guidance and help often begins with a leap of faith.
Less than a year ago, Ramirez was a secretary at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, a job she enjoyed. Pregnant with her second child, she left her permanent position to accept a year-long internship at the Catholic Chancery, a position which would see her dividing her time between youth ministry, young adult ministry, and a brand-new ministry called Matrimony, Family Life, and NFP.
“I had to trust,” the then-27-year-old said back then. “Who knows where it will take me? I have no plans; I just have to trust in God that it will all work out.”
She never could have imagined what God had in store.
A few months later, she was offered a full-time, permanent position helping Family Life director Janeé Bernal lead the office of Matrimony, Family Life and NFP.
And now, with the departure of Bernal to serve as a vice principal at a Catholic school in Wichita, Ramirez has found herself chosen to be the new director of the Matrimony, Family Life and NFP office.
While excited, the move is bittersweet for Ramirez.
“We made a really good team,” she said of Bernal, sitting next to her in the Catholic Chancery as she spoke to the SKC. The two not only worked well together, but struck up a strong friendship.
“One of my biggest hopes in serving the diocese is to share my love of family life – a whole life appreciation — acknowledging the gift of life in the womb and in every person we encounter, so that we may come closer as brothers and sisters in Christ,” Ramirez said prophetically when she took the first few steps in her internship a year ago.
Another statement she made back then echoes what she told the Catholic recently, about delving deep into prayer, listening to the word of God and taking the path He chooses:
“I have to be open to why God has opened this door. He has a reason. I want to learn from everyone here and learn what God wants of me.”
Ramirez is married to Andres and has two children, Bernardo, 3, and Andres, 1. She has earned an Associate of Arts Degree in psychology from Dodge City Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Newman University.