MOST REVEREND BISHOP RYAN P. JIMENEZ, D.D.
Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez was born in Dumaguete City in the Philippines on December 18, 1971. He, along with his three siblings, Roy, Ray, and Rochelle, were nurtured by their mother, Lila P. Jimenez, 74, and father, Rogelio B. Jimenez, who passed away at the age of 64 of massive heart attack.
As a teenager, Bishop Jimenez joined his older brother, Roy, in enrolling at a high school seminary in Sibulan, Negros Oriental the Philippines. It was at Saint Joseph Seminary that his love for the priesthood flourished. Upon telling his parents of his interest, they expressed elation and thanked God for the opportunity for him to continue serving. To this day, Jimenez attributes discovering his vocation to his older brother and the many people he crossed paths with in his journey.
In 1995, Bishop Jimenez traveled to the U.S. island territory of Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to serve as a teacher at a small Catholic school, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja, the he taught for two years. Jimenez’s determination to become a priest solidified during his time there as he continued his studies to the priesthood so that he can serve the people of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa.
Bishop Jimenez enrolled at the San Jose Seminary in Quezon City and studies philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University. He went on to complete his studies in the United States at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where he successfully attained his masters in 2003.
Bishop Jimenez achieved his childhood dream of becoming when priest as he was ordained by Bishop emeritus Tomas A. Camacho in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa on June 08, 2003. In December of 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Apostolic Administrator for the diocese. Bishop Jimenez has served in various capacities in his religious life in the islands, ranging from Secretary of the Bishop to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
Bishop Jimenez continues to play an active role in the Church and maintain active life style. He played tennis while studying in California and garnered several medals in CNMI tournaments when he moved to the islands.
After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005, he has fervently advocated for healthy lifestyles and emphasized its relation to spiritual health as well. Jimenez, whose health condition has substantially improved, reached a milestone after completing his first triathlon on March 6, 2016, after competing in other sports events such as Guam’s Koko marathon and Hell of the Marianas. His first act as bishop-elect was a call on parishioners to live healthier lives.
Bishop Jimenez enjoys spending time with those he considers family and friends at gatherings, novenas, and fiestas. As a priest, he expresses deep respect for deceased loved ones and values the centrality of faith in people’s lives.