José Ramos, long-time bishop here, marks 50 years as priest

Bishop Ramos

José Antonio Ramos, the first Episcopal bishop of the Diocese
of Costa Rica, is celebrating his 50 year anniversary as a priest.

Ramos is originally from Puerto Rico, where he was raised in a large family of 19 children. Only he and two of his brothers attended church.

One of his brothers, who was 10 years old at the time, told the bishop that they wanted to be priests.

The bishop helped the three learn English and attend seminary school in the United States.

“At the age of 10, I felt that call and I answered, here I am, send me,” said Ramos in a Dec. 23 sermon. “Supported by the church and others, I was able to get ready to be a messenger of God’s word and sacraments, and here I am still as a messenger of good news amongst you, I hope.”

Ramos was the youngest priest to be elected into the Anglican communion after he began his job at the Diocese of Costa Rica. He served in this position for 44 years, and retired after his 70th birthday.

Currently, he serves as an associate in the Parish of the Good Shepherd in San José. Last year a monument was constructed to honor Ramos and his brothers.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is on the Avenida 4 pedestrian mall between Calles 3 and 5 north of the Colegio Superior de Señoritas.

The three faithfully worshiped at the Episocal Church of the Transfiguration in his hometown, according to his biography.

The bishop was ordained as a priest Dec. 23, 1962, five months after he and his twin brother were ordained deacons in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was made possible through the bishop at his church in Puerto Rico.

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