Fr. Ricardo Pineda
Fr. Ricardo was born on August 4, 1987, into a Catholic family of both Salvadoran and Mexican descent. He is a native of San Diego, California. Following high school, he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. While in studies at Notre Dame, he played trumpet in the marching Band of the Fighting Irish. In May of 2008, he graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a minor in Theology.
Fr. Ricardo began hearing a call to the priesthood as early as age 6, but it was not until his freshmen year of high school that he began serious discernment of his vocation in prayer. This discernment continued throughout high school and college. After learning more about the vocation to the priesthood as well as the vocation to marriage, he discovered that although the thought of marriage made him happy, he imagined himself happier as a priest, serving God for the salvation of souls. So by the end of his second year at Notre Dame, he had accepted God’s call to the priesthood with a firm “Yes!” In time, he further discerned a call to the religious life.
Fr. Ricardo joined the Fathers of Mercy as a postulant in July of 2008. Following his one year novitiate, he professed his first year of temporary vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity on August 14, 2009. He graduated from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2013 and was ordained a priest for the Fathers of Mercy in 2013. He is currently serving as an associate pastor of St. Helen Catholic Church in Glasgow, KY, Our Lady of the Caves Catholic Church in Horse Cave, KY, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Burkesville, KY, and Emmanuel Catholic Church in Albany, KY.