Denise Jimenez-D’Oleo, who coordinated Spanish-language programs for the archdiocesan Family Life and Respect Life offices, died Aug. 12 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after battling breast cancer. She was 56.
“She had a profound impact on all whom she met and served, and our staff especially here in the Family Life Office will miss her deeply,” said Kathy Wither, director of the Family Life Office.
“Denise often expressed how humble she felt that God called her to serve him in the Spanish programs ministry here in the Archdiocese of New York…She always worked to be faithful to his call.”
Denise worked at Family Life office, 2003-2004, when she and her husband, Dr. Maximo D’Oleo, returned to their native Dominican Republic, where she was involved with faith formation groups. She again served at Family Life, beginning in 2008, when she and her husband moved back to New York. They were both leaders in the Catholic Marriage Movement, serving the Hispanic community by organizing formation and congresses on marriage preparation and the pro-life mission.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the couple served as leaders in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Dominican Republic, where Denise worked as a school psychologist.
Born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Denise was the oldest of four children. She held a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, and a master’s in family therapy.
She died in the presence of her husband, co-workers, relatives and friends after reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Survivors include her husband, a physician in Queens, and her mother, Frosina G. Salomon, her brother, Jose Julio Jimenez, and two sisters, Ingrid Jimenez and Paddy Jimenez, all of whom reside in the Dominican Republic.
A Funeral Mass was offered Aug. 16 at St. Margaret of Cortona Church in the Bronx. Burial took place Aug. 23 at La Puerta del Cielo Cemetery Park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.