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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Deacon Gustavo Ruiz
Diocese of Baker, Oregon

Blazing a Trail of Love

As the Hispanic population grows in the Diocese of Baker, Oregon, so does the ministry of Deacon Gustavo “Gus” Ruiz. To counter the lack of Spanish-speaking priests, Deacon Ruiz takes to the road on a regular basis, covering thousands of miles as he reaches out to Latinos. Almost singlehandedly, Deacon Ruiz has developed the diocesan programs that speak to the spiritual needs of this growing community. His work with Hispanic couples struggling in their marriages has been a strong witness to the sacrament of Matrimony and the value of family life. Greatly respected by both the Hispanic and Anglo communities, Deacon Ruiz is building a bridge of faith throughout Oregon.

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