- A 66-year-old widower was ordained to priesthood
- Rev. Lamberto Ramos said that being a priest was “something that has been hidden within, in my heart of hearts”
- Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon explained that such a case is allowed if the man has no more commitments and children to raise
A widower and a father of three children has finally achieved his dream of becoming a priest.
Rev. Lamberto Ramos was ordained to the Sacred Order or Presbyters at the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (PIHM).
Ramos, who grew up in a seminary felt and knew within his heart that this was something he was meant to do. He finished his philosophy degree while in the seminary until he got married and settled down into family life. He lost his wife in 2009. Ramos told ABS-CBN, “There is something lacking, there’s something missing I have got to zero on. Since I was 10 years old all the way to becoming a widower, I believed that it was something that is hidden.”
At 66 years old, Ramos couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed, especially with his children’s support. He said, “They look at it as a fulfillment of the request of their mother. They understand that this is something that has been hidden within, in my heart of hearts.”
Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon said that such case was allowed as long as the man has no more commitments and his children are all grown up.
“Let us rejoice and be glad, it’s indescribable,” Ramos happily said.
You can watch Rev. Ramos’ ordination from Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo’s Facebook page: