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Home | News | Local News | El Paso icon, Catholic Priest Father Rahm dies

El Paso icon, Catholic Priest Father Rahm dies

Father Harold Joseph Rahm, a Catholic priest, and Jesuit, well known for his work with gangs and El Paso inner-city youth, died Saturday, November 30 at the age of 100.

Father Rahm began his ministry career in El Paso in 1952.

Within his first year, he created Our Lady’s Youth Center, an outreach program targeting low-income youth. Rahm is also known for riding his bicycle around Segundo Barrio and reaching out to those in need.

He served as a priest in El Paso for 12 years until he left to begin serving in Brazil in 1964.

“El Paso, for me, is the most wonderful place in the world,” Father Rahm said.” There are not people like you, any place on this earth.”

In Campinas, Brazil, he extended his efforts at prevention and treatment of drug addiction, receiving wide acclaim for his initiatives.

Via their Facebook page, the Diocese of El Paso posted the following remarks:

“May God grant eternal rest to the beloved Fr. Rahm, S.J. Who served our people in the Segundo Barrio. Please join us in prayer for the repose of his eternal soul and may the Lord shine perpetual light on him!”

In June of 2015, Father Rahm was named ‘Segundo Barrio Person of the Year.’  During the celebration, a mural of Fr. Rahm riding his bike through the neighborhood was unveiled.

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm a Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Fr. Harold Rahm, SJ at Sacred Heart Church, 602 South Oregon St. El Paso.

Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso will be the principal celebrant and Fr. Samuel Rosales, SJ will be the homilist. All are welcome.

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