Meet widower Rev. Lamberto Ramos, who was once a corporate executive but now to become a priest. Yes, this 66-year old retiree will begin a new life in June, as a newly ordained priest. He has three children with his wife, Maria Vilma de Guzman, who passed away in 2009 due to colon cancer. Watch his inspiring story on the video below.
During his youth, Rev. Ramos entered the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City and became a candidate for priesthood. However, he decided to become a teacher after finishing a Philosophy degree, as magna cum laude in 1971. That was when he met his future wife, Maria Vilma, who was one of his students at the College of the Holy Spirit.
Lamberto courted Maria Vilma after she graduated from college in 1973. The couple got married in 1975 and was blessed with three children: Johann, Carlo Miguel and Ana Kristina. All of them are now finished in their schooling. Ramos then moved to the corporate world, and have worked as a manager at various companies, local and abroad.
“I was given the opportunity to have a good family so I made sure that I should be serious about my role as a father and a husband to a good wife. But before she died, she told me, ‘You may want to consider going back and becoming a priest,'” Rev. Lamberto Ramos said in an exclusive interview with Sandra Aguinaldo of GMA News.
“I will be talking direct from my heart, direct from my experiences. Hindi na puwede ngayon ‘yung hintayin mo ang mga taong magsimba at pangaralan mo ng pangaralan. ‘Di na ho puwede ‘yon… Pumunta ka na. I will make use of my marketing expertise to do this.” The former marketing and business economics executive added.
Recalling the sufferings of his wife in her battle against cancer, Ramos said he did everything to take his wife to chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but it was already beyond his control. While confined at the Medical City, 3 days before Maria Vilma passed away, she suggested to Lambert to fulfill his dreams to become a priest.
That time, Lambert did not take Maria Vilma’s request seriously, and even entered into a romantic relationship. However, it was only short as the widower executive realized that no one could ever fill the emptiness in his heart. In 2014, he had his calling to finally become a priest, and took priesthood at the Loyola School of Theology, in Quezon City.