May They Rest in Peace: Deacon Rafael Jimenez

Deacon Rafael Jimenez passed on from this life on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at the age of 85.

Deacon Jimenez was born Oct. 24, 1936, and ordained a permanent deacon on Jan. 19, 1974. Deacon Jimenez served as a deacon at Holy Redeemer, Detroit; Mary, Mother of the Church Hispanic Mission, Detroit; St. Stephen/Mary, Mother of the Church, Detroit; St. Hedwig, Detroit; and St. Francis d’Assisi/St. Hedwig, Detroit.

Deacon Rafael Jimenez is pictured with his wife, Margarita.
Deacon Rafael Jimenez is pictured with his wife, Margarita.

On an archdiocesan level, Deacon Jimenez served some time as associate for formation for Hispanic ministry. On a national level, he served some time on the board of the National Conference of Hispanic Deacons. Beginning in 1977, he and his wife, Margarita, spent a couple of years as missionaries in the Dominican Republic.

Visitation for Deacon Jimenez will take place on Monday, Nov. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Professional Mortuary Services, located at 3833 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, 48210. His funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m., at St. Hedwig, 3245 Junction Street, Detroit, 48210. In-state will begin at 9:00 a.m., prior to the funeral Mass.


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