New faces at the Catholic Chancery
By Dave Myers
Southwest Kansas Catholic
Courage and faith can be synonymous at times.
Diana Ramirez, a Dodge City resident and mother of two — Bernardo, 2, and Andres, due in September — recently left a job she enjoyed as secretary at Sacred Heart Cathedral School to accept a year-long internship at the Catholic chancery.
“I feel like it was a leap of faith,” the 27-year-old said. “I had to trust. Who knows where it will take me? I have no plans, I just have to trust in God that it will all work out.”
The position will require her to work in three primary ministries: Young adult ministry with director, Gentry Heimerman; youth ministry with director Adam Urban; and the newly formed Matrimony and Family Life Ministry with newly hired director, Janeé Bernal.
“Those three will be my main focus, but I’ll collaborate with other ministries when the need arises,” she said.
The Mexico native came to the United States while in the first grade. For 20 years she has lived in Dodge City. Her mother, Maria Gomez, has since died; she has a father, Nestor Melendez, two brothers, Kevin and Nestor H. Melendez, a sister, Lizbeth Moon and is married to Andres Ramirez.
Besides serving three primary ministries for the diocese—as well as preparing to give birth to her second child—she is currently earning a certificate in Pastoral Ministry through the diocese ITV program, as well as working toward a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Newman University. She is also in a formation and discernment process to become a member of the Comunidad Siervos de Cristo Vivo (CSCV).
“Servants of Living Christ is a community of laity that was born in the feelings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for man,” she said. “Eight years of experience in the love of God and in preaching inspired Rev. Father Emiliano Tardiff, M.S.C., Maria Armenteros and Evaristo Guzman to found a community that contemplates, evangelizes and transforms.”
She has earned an Associate of Arts Degree in psychology from Dodge City Community College. She also has a great love for music ministry, a skill that will undoubtedly be utilized at various diocesan functions.
“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.
“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.”