Sister Guadalupe, MCDP, was born in Baytown, Texas, daughter of Manuel and Refugia Ramirez, the fifth child of twelve children. As a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence, she has been in pastoral ministry for fifty years as well as in leadership positions in her religious congregation.
Parish ministries include: Director of Catechesis, Pastoral Associate, and Director of Ministries. Diocesan ministries: Director of Catechetical departments in Corpus Christi and Dallas, Director of Hispanic Ministry in Beaumont. She served as Director of Pastoral Care at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Laredo, Texas and as member of the Formation Faculty at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.
She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas; an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Incarnate Word, also in San Antonio. In 2013 she received her Doctor of Ministry degree in adult spiritual formation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Currently, she is serving as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Tex. as well as coordinator of its “Certificado en Ministerio Pastoral” Program. She also serves as adjunct faculty for Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, serving as instructor in its Immersion Program in Mexico City for Seminarians from the U.S.
She is committed to the spiritual, ministerial, and leadership formation of pastoral ministers, especially Hispanics, and serves as workshop presenter in English and/or Spanish in catechetical, liturgical, and Hispanic Ministry diocesan and regional conferences. She facilitates retreats and parish missions for lay women, Guadalupanas/os, and Women ACTS teams. She also provides catechist formation and RCIA team development.