Ramirez, Cornelio 1998-07-17

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General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Cornelio Ramirez

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 17, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez



Tape 1: Occupation; Priest of Saint Patrick’s Church; Belongs to the Society of Palotino Priests; Cornelio Ramírez; He was born in San Sabas, Texas on September 16th; Family; parents were from the state of Coahuila, México; parents met and got married in San Sabas, Texas in 1924; father (Crecencio Ramírez) was born in April 1905; mother (Juanita Cazares) was born in July 1903; Work; father was a laborer and sheared sheep; The entire family harvested Abernathy; worked for Mr. Billy Harrison; Religious Life; In 1950, the Palotino Priests came to Saint Joseph Church; He mentions that the only Catholic Churches were the Saint Joseph and Saint Isabel; His family went to mass at Saint Joseph’s Church; Education; He studied for thirteen years to become a priest with the Order of the Palotino Priests in Ireland; He was ordained on July 18, 1967 at Saint Joseph’s Church; Ministry; He was at the Saint Anthony’s Church in Brownfield for two years; In 1969, he was assigned to Saint Joseph’s Church; Tornado; Twenty-one people died, the majority from the Guadalupe neighborhood; Continuing his ministry; He was assigned to Stephenville for six years; He was assigned to Saint Joseph’s from 1984 to 1997; Priesthood; From a young age wanted to be either a doctor or a priest; Because he lacked financial resources, he decided to join a religious order; He learned English in the San Sabas School; 1954 was the last year that his parents harvested in Lubbock; Festivities; He mentions that San Sabas did not have a permanent priest; therefore, there were not activities in the parish; He mentions that now there are activities and projects in parishes; Discrimination; He mentions that discrimination has decreased but still exists; He thinks that discrimination now is “invisible”; He discusses the discrimination that Mexican-Americans suffered at the movies, pharmacies, restaurants, and on buses; He comments on the unfair wages laborers sometimes received from their bosses; He mentions that his family was always cared for by Mexican doctors; Organizations that support Mexican-Americans in continuing their education: LEARN; South Plains College.

Range Dates:

Bulk Dates: 1958-1985

Access Information

Original Recording Format: audio cassette

Recording Format Notes: original recording digitized, CD copy available in Reading Room

Transcript: Spanish and English draft transcripts available in Reading Room

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