Father Diego Alejandro Jimenez Olaya, born on Feb. 18, 1983, in Antioquia, Colombia, and his sister, Paula, were reared in the faith by their parents, Luis Eduardo Jimenez and Maria Auxilio Olaya. He also served as an altar server in his parish from age 10 to 18. At age 15 and while in high school, he entered into a special seminary formation program, studying philosophy, attending conferences and participating in community prayer. Father Jimenez Olaya attended seminary at the Diocese of Caldas and studies Philosophy and Theology at theÂ Universidad Pontifica BolivarianaÂ in Medellin, Colombia. For one year, he worked in an Indian mission in the mountains of Colombia, and also taught religious education at the high school level. He studied American History at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y and Theology at University Santo Tomas, Spain. Also at Holy Apostles Seminary. During his seminary years at United States , he served at St. Louis Parish in West Haven, the Cathedral of St. Joseph, and St. Augustine Parish in Hartford. Father Jimenez Olaya assigned as parochial vicar at St. Augustine, St. Anne and St Lawrence O'Toole in Hartford for four years and the last two years as Parish Admnistrator of Sacred Heart/ Sagrado Corazon and St. Margaret Parishes.
Father Hector grew up in the small agricultural village of Charalá, in Northern Colombia, where he recalls a simple but fulfilling life on a small farm his father managed while his mother managed the household, education and faith development of their seven children of which Fr. Hector was fifth. He joined the Salesian Order of St. John Bosco, moving to Bogotá, where he attended Universidad Minuto de Dios, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He continued his spiritual formation years with a second bachelor’s degree in Ecclesiology and a Master’s in Theology at the Jesuit Pontifical Javerian University in Bogotá.
Father Rangel was previously the Parochial Vicar at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bristol, CT.
Father Rangel will continue serving as the Chaplain of St. Paul High School in Bristol, CT.