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.Â Father Jimenez Olaya assigned as parochial vicar at St. Augustine, St. Anne and St Lawrence Otool'e in Hartford for four years and the last two years as Parish Admnistrator of Sacred Heart/ Sagrado Corazon and St. Margaret Parishes.
Reverend John R. Mariano was born Jan. 29, 1944 in Naugatuck, CT. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut and studying environmental education/biology at Southern Connecticut State University, he served in the Peace Corps for three years in Micronesia in the Pacific Region and for 27 years as a middle school teacher in Fairfield County.
He graduated magna cum laude from the Pontifical Universty of St. Thomas, known as the Angelicum, in Rome. He then served at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. He was vested by Father John J. Bevins, pastor of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Father Mariano was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 2013 by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and was assigned to serve at SS. Peter and Paul and St. Leo the Great parishes, Waterbury.
Reverend Mauricio Galvis was born in 1983 in Medellin, capital city of Antioquia, Colombia, the son of Ruben Dario Galvis and Rubielo Amparo Hurtado. He attended Missionaries of the Divine Redemption in Medellin; Holy Apostles Seminary; St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla.; and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.
Fr. Galvis has ministered at St. Francis Parish in New Haven; the linked St. Peter and St. Joseph parishes in New Britain; St. Augustine Parish in North Branford; Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury; Holy Angels Parish in Meriden; the linked parishes of Immaculate Conception in Norfolk and St. Joseph in Canaan; St. Dominic Parish in Southington; and St. Rose of Lima, St. Mary and St. Isaac Jogues parishes in East Hartford among others.
“As a priest, I want to do whatever Jesus wants me to do for the people of God. I want to be a priest with the heart of the Good Shepherd.