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Bishop Ricardo Ramírez Papers

Identifier: BRR

Scope and Contents

Digitized copies of articles, speeches, homilies, statements, and other writings of Ricardo Ramírez, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces (New Mexico).


  • Creation: 1972 - 2017


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This collection is open for research. Advance notice is required. For more information, please contact the University of Notre Dame Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Ricardo Ramírez was born on September 12, 1936, in Bay City, Texas. He graduated from Bay City High School in 1955 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) in 1959. He joined the congregation of St. Basil in 1960 and undertook postgraduate studies at St. Basil’s Seminary (Toronto) and the Seminario Conciliar (Mexico City) before enrolling in and completing a master’s degree at the University of Detroit in 1968.

Following his ordination in 1966, Ramírez served in Ontario (Canada) and Mexico before returning to San Antonio, Texas, where he served as Executive Vice President of the Mexican American Cultural Center from 1976 to 1981. In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio and, in 1982, he became Bishop of Las Cruces (New Mexico) where he served until his retirement in 2013.

In 2016, he published the book Power from the Margins: The Emergence of the Latino in the Church and in Society, which reflects his lifelong commitment to social justice and ministering to people on the margins of society.


1.48 Gigabytes (515 files)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


A numbered list of files, from 1 to 507, which appear to be in roughly chronological order by date of publication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from the archives of the Diocese of Las Cruces and transferred by Professor Tim Matovina, Notre Dame Department of Theology.

Processing Information

Retained the original order of files imposed by the creator and compiler(s). For a detailed list of the files (with publication information and dates), please contact the archives.

Bishop Ricardo Ramírez Papers
Jason Kauffman
January 4, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

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