Fr. Juan Espino returned to Queen of Apostles from St. Mary Church in Littleton, Co., where he served as parochial vicar and school chaplain (2013-14) and (2018). Prior to St. Mary, he served the same roles here at Queen of Apostles (2014-18). He became our pastor July 1, 2019. He was born April 19, 1974, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and grew up in El Paso, Texas, with his parents and five siblings. He was a high school teaching assistant in El Paso, Texas, for the summers of 1993 and 1994. He earned a bachelor’s from Columbia University in New York (1996) and he worked as an analyst and research assistant for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington (1997). He was a research associate with Policy Studies Associates in Washington (1998-2005) after completing his master’s in public policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. (1998). He worked as a teaching assistant for economics and statistics courses at the master’s program. He studied at the Ecclesiastical University of San Damaso in Madrid, Spain (2006-12), where he earned a bachelor’s in theology. He was ordained to the diaconate Dec. 23, 2012, in Cuenca, Spain, and took perpetual profession Oct. 13, 2012, in Littleton. He was ordained to the priesthood June 22, 2013.
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. Jaime was ordained June 28, 2008. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Madrid. Upon graduating, Fr. Jaime entered the community of the Disciples at 21 years old, after World Youth Day in 2000. He went on to complete a theology degree from The Ecclesiastical University San Dámaso in Madrid and a master's degree in philosophy from the Gregorian University of Rome. After his studies and ordination, Fr. Jaime taught Spanish and Religion at the Disciples' Stella Maris School in Madrid. He then served as Parochial Vicar and School Chaplain at St. Mary in Littleton, Colorado (Archdiocese of Denver) from 2015 to 2018.
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.