Rev. Jesús RiveraBorn in Lorain, Ohio, of immigrant parents from Puerto Rico, I am the 2nd of fourteen children. At 14, I entered the seminary and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1981.

During my 30 years as a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, I served as a missionary priest in Mexico for 14 years. Feeling a call to be married as well as to minister outside the confines of the church, I requested dispensation in 2005.

In 2008, I joined CITI Ministries, a lay organization that locates, recruits, certifies and promotes married Roman Catholic priests to fill the spiritual needs of the faithful. This 501(c)(3) organization performs a comprehensive screening of priests before acceptance. Through CITI, I was recognized by state and local agencies to licitly officiate at weddings and perform other ministerial functions.

Since then, I have performed numerous interfaith as well as traditionally catholic-style ceremonies. Fluent in Spanish from birth, I am one of the few bilingual officiants in the Maryland-DC-Virginia area and have performed many bilingual ceremonies.

I have a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago, a Masters of Divinity in Theology from The Washington Theological Union, and a Masters in Biblical Studies from the Pontifical University of Mexico. I became a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach in 2005, through the Coach Training Institute.

In 2005, I met and fell in love with Leigh Kramer; we were married in 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. Leigh assists me with the many administrative aspects of my ministry. I have had the pleasure of marrying a diverse array of couples throughout Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington D.C., and hope to continue doing so for many years to come.

My “day job” is with The House of Ruth Maryland, where I coordinate the domestic violence prevention and outreach services to Baltimore’s Latino community.  I am also a Chaplain Intern in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education program.

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