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At the Jesuit-run Loyola University, Ramon pursued an education in religion and drama. In 1985, he graduated with Bachelor's degrees in religious studies and theater.

Loyola University
Loyola University

After graduating, Ramon moved to Los Angeles to chase another dream, that of becoming a Hollywood actor.

He had gotten his first taste of professional acting years earlier when he earned a role as a delivery boy in The Gingerbread Lady, which starred legendary film actress Vera Miles.

Once he moved to Los Angeles, Ramon landed roles in the television sitcoms Archie Bunker's Place, Three's Company, Different Strokes, Lois & Clark, and the daytime soap opera General Hospital. He also scored roles in three HBO movies. On a Los Angeles stage, Ramon played an angry young seminarian opposite veteran TV and film star Eddie Albert, whose role in the play Mass Appeal was that of a cynical, older priest.

Sometime during his stint in California, Ramon met the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, himself a former actor. What the two men spoke about is not clear, but what is clear is that not long after meeting the archbishop, Ramon returned to New Orleans and took up a new vocation by enrolling in Notre Dame Seminary. In 1989, he graduated from the seminary with a Master's degree in divinity and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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