One Year Later: Remembering Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay

March 27, 2021 marks one year since Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, a Mexican-born Brooklyn pastor, became the first priest in the United States to die as a result of COVID-19.

“He was zealous for the Gospel, and he lived his vocation joyfully.”

The Tablet has followed Father Jorge’s passing and his journey home since the world learned of his death. Below you will find multiple articles from The Tablet archives that tell the legacy he left in the Diocese of Brooklyn, and beyond.

  • Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, First Catholic Priest in US to Die of Coronavirus

“He understood his mission as a priest, that suffering is part of the priestly ministry, but he brought this special joy through it all.”

Father Ortiz-Garay’s family and friends will get together for a Mass in Mexico City on the first anniversary of his death, March 27. Father Fernando Araiza will celebrate the Mass — Father Sebastián de Matus will concelebrate — in Our Lady of Mercy parish in Mexico City. Click here to read this full story.

Father Jorge’s parents traveled from Mexico in December to attend the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, in which the late Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay was honored. (Photo: Jorge I. Domínguez-López)

Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay

10/16/1970 – 03/27/2020