Dear People of God,
As I begin to craft this brief bio of my life I am reminded of the words of William Shakespeare who once wrote: “I can no answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks”. I am very grateful for the many graces and blessings that I have received throughout my life from a generous and loving God.
In the Beginning.... I was born in Long Beach December of 1954, raised in Wilmington - "The Gateway to the Harbor" - and in 1963 my family moved to Santa Ana. I am the son of a retired L.A. City Fireman and a stay at home mother. My parents are both 88 years of age, active and come to visit me once a month. I am the second oldest in a family of five boys and two girls.
I grew up with the sound of a ballgame in the background. I am a product of both the parochial and public school system. I graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster-Garden Grove Unified and entered St. John Seminary in 1973. In high school I played football, basketball and track and field. As a tall lanky freshman I began with the high jump and transitioned to the shot-put as I filled out between my freshman and junior year. With each telling and the passing of the years I get better and better and better.
I was ordained in 1982 for the Diocese of Orange by Bishop William Johnson. I have served in the following parishes as a parochial vicar: St. Polycarp in Stanton from 1982-1985, St. Justin Martyr in Anaheim from 1985-1989, San Antonio de Padua in Anaheim Hills from 1989-1993, and Holy Family Cathedral in Orange from 1993-1997. In 1997 I was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Placentia by Bishop Norman McFarland. On July 2, 2013 I was blessed to become the Pastor of Corpus Christi.
First Impressions.... As many of you know first impressions leave a lasting imprint on a person’s heart. As a member of the Priest Personnel Board I had the opportunity to meet members of Corpus Christi when I, along with members of the Board, came out for a listening session on Friday, March 2, 2012.
There were many things shared with the Board that evening that made my heart skip a beat. For now I will mention a few of those things. Corpus Christi is about being family, all are invited to have a place at the table, and you are about honesty and transparency. Your core values resonate profoundly in my heart. I also met with the leadership team-pastoral staff and both the pastoral and finance councils on Monday, May 7, 2012. I was received “heartfully”. I felt very welcomed.
A New Language.... It was once said that “learning and speaking a new language is gaining a soul”. Every parish has its own unique language, that is, every parish has its own culture, its way of living, moving and having their being in the world. In the five parishes that I have been privileged to serve an indelible mark has been left on my soul. I have gained a soul wherever I have served. I look forward to receiving a new soul as I learn the language that is uniquely Corpus Christi.
I conclude with these words from late Dag Hammarskjold the second United Nations Secretary General:
For all that has been - Thanks
For all that shall be - Yes.
Yours in Christ,
Reverend Timothy L. Ramaekers