Priests Recall Their Past Lives as a Naval Corpsman, Chef & Actuary

Father Edwin Ortiz believes that he wound up where he was always meant to be — in a parish serving as a priest. But he took a circuitous route to the priesthood that included working in St. John’s Cemetery and serving as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy.

Father Ortiz, a Proud Latino Vet

BENSONHURST — The U.S. military is becoming more ethnically diverse, just like the country it serves. Case in point: Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority in the military, and the number of Latino veterans is projected to double within 10 years.