He who sent me is with me and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases Him. (John 8)
The funeral arrangements for Father Connie have been finalized.Thursday 11th April, Rosary at Broadway Funeral Home, Lubbock, at 7pm.
Funeral Mass on Friday 12th at Christ the King Cathedral, Lubbock, the Bishop of Lubbock, Robert Milner Coerver, will be the main celebrant and Michael O’Sullivan will give the homily. Burial at Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in our Pallottine plot afterwards.
Fr. Cornelius (Connie) Ramirez, SAC, died at approximately 8pm on Monday 8th April in Lubbock, Texas. Connie was born on 16th September 1927, made his first consecration as a Brother on 12th September 1956, he was ordained on 18th June 1967. May his good and faithful soul rest in peace.
His funeral will take place in Lubbock and I will send details of the arrangements when they are finalized.
Fr. Derry Murphy SAC, Provincial Rector
Father Ramirez was born on September 16, 1927 in San Saba, Texas to Crecencio and Juanita Ramirez. He entered the Irish Pallottine Fathers Society in Thurles, Ireland on May 22, 1954. In 1960 he was given permission to study for the priesthood. Having passed the Entrance Examination, he studied philosophy and theology at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Ireland from 1961 to 1967. Dr. Lawrence M. de Falco, Bishop of Amarillo, ordained Cornelio Ramirez to the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Church in Lubbock on the 18th of June 1967. He also said his first Mass at St. Joseph’s Church. Father Ramirez had numerous assignments, his first being to Abilene, Texas. He was also assigned to Brownfield, and later to St. Joseph’s Church in Lubbock and was present during the tornado of 1970. In 1972, he was assigned to Stephenville. He served over four counties during that time namely; Erath, Comanche, Hood, and Somervell with churches in Stephenville, Comanche, Dublin, Deleon, and Granbury. Other parishes that he served were Seminole, Seagraves, New Deal and St. Patrick’s in Lubbock (1997). In 2003, Father Ramirez after a total of thirty-six years priestly ministry, retired from St. Patrick’s in Lubbock. He has helped in parishes and has generally remained active until his health prevented him from ministering. Some of his greatest hobbies was playing golf and tennis during his spare time.
He is survived by his niece Rosa Ramirez whom has cared for him during his illness, three sisters, Rafaela Torres from Tucson, AZ., Paz Rodriguez (Narcisso) from Grand Prairie, Tx., Linda Castillo from Austin, Tx; two brothers; Felix Ramirez (Aurelia) from Brady Tx., Juan Manuel Ramirez from Grand Prairie, Tx., host of nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister Juanita R. Segura, and two brothers; Julian and Candido Ramirez.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Pallottine Fathers Missionary Center for continued support of vocations and missionary work 3352 Fourth Street, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2019