Welcome Fr. Martin Ramat
On the 7th day of September, God has blessed me to be born and to live in a simple family who grew up in the country.
As regards my education, I finished my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at San Pablo Major Seminary in the Philippines. My theology formation was interrupted as I discontinued my studies to teach in grade school, high school and in the university. During the total 3 years of extra-seminary experiences, I worked for one year as a resident parish pastoral associate (catechist, small community organizing coordinator, parish liturgy coordinator) and for 2 years as a seminary formator (Dean of Students/Seminarians and Procurator) as well as university theology professor.
I finished my theology degrees at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. When I finished by academics, I was assigned at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Oroville for my Pastoral Year and Diaconate ministry. Ordained to the Priesthood on October 26th, 2007, I celebrated my First Mass of Thanksgiving on the following day at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
I was appointed Parochial Vicars at St. Isidore’s Church in Yuba City, St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Vallejo, and St. Clare Church in Roseville.
In 2014, I was assigned to St. Philomene Church in Sacramento as my first parish. It is a parish with a school and with a growing Hispanic community.
Effective on July 1, 2019, Bishop Jaime Soto appointed me Pastor of Our Divine Savior in Chico, California. It is a parish of more than 50 years of lively history of faith and tradition. It is a community that, nourished by God’s grace and the sacraments, embraces the mission of our Lord Jesus and lives the Gospel through worship to God and loving service to others. And at the same time, I was also appointed as a Priest-Supervisor of St. Thomas More, in Paradise, California.
Together, let us journey as brothers and sisters to worship God by our full, active, and conscious participation in all liturgical and parish celebrations to build and serve our Christian community.