Father Felix Dalimpuo, pastor at St. Michael Parish in Newark, became a United States citizen on May 14.
A native of Ghana, Father Dalimpuo was ordained in 1993 and has been living in the United States since 2004. After arriving in America, he served as sacramental minister at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca for a year before traveling to Los Angeles to earn a master’s degree in bioethics from Loyola Marymount University. He then served in Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County during the summer of 2007 before moving to Rochester to serve at Immaculate Conception Parish while completing a residency program in clinical pastoral education at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital.
Upon completion of that program, Father Dalimpuo was sent to St. Michael Parish in Newark, where he served as temporary parochial administrator until 2009, when he became pastor. He was recently appointed to another six-year term as pastor of the Newark parish, which held a celebratory reception for him after he took the Oath of Allegiance in Rochester May 14.
Father Dalimpuo said he feels at home in the Diocese of Rochester and is proud to be a U.S. citizen.
"I love my ministry and I love what I do. I guess 11 years here is long enough to make me feel comfortable. America is a land of opportunities, and I wanted to share in those opportunities," he said. "It has been a long journey, and I am happy to be at this point."