Fr. Leopoldo M. Vives, a member of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, was born in 1963 in Madrid. He was ordained a priest October 24, 1992 in Cuenca, Spain, and took his perpetual vows as a Disciple on January 1, 1995, in Cuenca. He earned a master’s of advanced studies in 1987 from the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid, specializing in electronic engineering. He earned a bachelor’s in sacred theology in 1993 and a licentiate in sacred theology in 1995 from the School of Theology of Burgos, Spain. In 2011, Father Vives earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family at Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University. Fr. Leopoldo has published eight books, several articles, and presented his papers at various conferences. From 2004 to 2008, he was director of the Office of Family and Life Ministry of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops. He served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Beatrice of Silva Church in Córdoba, Spain, 2008-11, and of St. Mary Church in Littleton, Colorado from 2011 until the summer of 2013 when he was installed as Pastor of Queen of Apostles.
Fr. Javier O´Connor, a member of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, was born on December 14 in Madrid. He was ordained a priest December 15, 1990 in Cuenca, Spain and took his perpetual vows on May 31, 1990, in Cuenca. He attended school at Our Lady of Recuerdo (Madrid). After two years of College he joined the Disciples. Fr. O’Connor earned a Bachelor in Sacred Theology in 1992, then a License in Sacred Theology in 1994 (Burgos, Spain) and finally a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome) in 2003.
Since his ordination, Fr. O’Connor has worked mainly in Youth Ministry and leading Ignatian Retreats. In 2007, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton, Colorado. In 2011, he was assigned as Pastor at St. Josefa María del Sagrado Corazón, near the school Stella Maris in Madrid, Spain under the direction of the Disciples. He joined Queen of Apostles in August, 2016 as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Javier will also be serving the English and Spanish speaking members of St. Leo Parish in Fairfax, VA.
Fr. Juan Espino de la Riva, DCJM, was ordained a priest in Denver on June 22, 2013 by Archbishop Samuel Aquila. He belongs to the Religious Institute Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (DCJM). Born in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, the fourth of five siblings, entered religious life July 2005. He completed his STB at the University of San Damaso in Madrid. Prior to entering religious life, Fr. Juan earned a BA in Economics-Operations Research from Columbia University and an MPP from Harvard. After being ordained a priest in 2013, he served as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of Denver. In July 2014, Fr. Juan was assigned to Queen of Apostles as Parochial Vicar, serving as chaplain for Queen of Apostles School and, among other things, assisting with all ministries related to children and youth.
Fr. Ignacio de Ribera-Martin, DCJM, was ordained a priest in Madrid in May 14, 2005 by Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela. He belongs to the Religious Institute Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (DCJM). He was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1978, the second of five siblings of a devout Catholic family. Responding to God´s call, he joined the Disciples in September 1996. In 2003 he obtained a BA-MA in Classics at the University Autonoma de Madrid, and in 2005 he completed his STB at the University of San Damaso de Madrid. Later on he earned both a Philosophy MA (2007) and a Philosophy PhD (2012) degree at The Catholic University of America (Washington DC), where he is currently Assistant Professor of the School of Philosophy since 2013.
Deacon Caporiccio was ordained April 21, 1989. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, he has been married to Madeline since December 18, 1967 and has four children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, and Penn State University. He holds an MA in Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from the Holy See. He has served at Our Lady of Lebanon in Washington, DC, Our Lady of the Valley in Birmingham, Alabama, and Saint Lawrence in Franconia.
Queen of Apostles is blessed to be led by the religious community of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (DCJM) founded in Spain in 1987 and present at Queen of Apostles since June, 2013. Learn more about the Disciples here.
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