Deacon Bienvenido Nieves (which translates to “Welcome Snow” in English) is a native of Puerto Rico, came to Chicago in 1960 and was ordained a deacon in 1975.
Ben has always been involved in many areas of the church, teaching catechism to children and adults, Cursillos, Hermana de la Familia de Dios, retreats, Renew, baptism preparation and baptisms. At Queen of Angels, Deacon Ben’s ministries include citizenship classes and baptisms as well as baptism preparation for parents and godparents. He also leads a weekly Scripture and spirituality prayer group. A community leader in Humboldt Park, Ben has worked for various causes to make life better for residents.
Bienvenido has always felt a special call to serve the Lord. He said, “I know the Lord is with me at all times and this gives me great joy. My life is like waves in the sea, when the waves are high, things are going well and the Lord elevates me higher, feeling his joy and presence. When the waves are low, things not going well, the Lord picks me up, giving me strength and patience to continue the journey.”