Father Carlos Piedrahita, S.T.L., was born in Medellin, Colombia, and was ordained in 2013 for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. Before beginning his seminary studies, Fr. Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in strategic management of costs and finances at EAFIT University in Colombia. He studied philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, and completed a master’s in divinity at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.
He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Boston College in both spiritual theology and systematic theology. His thesis work focused on the Humanity of Christ in the works of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Teresa of Avila. He also received training as a director of spiritual exercises and spiritual director at St. Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales, United Kingdom.
He has served as a parochial vicar at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, St. Paul Church and St. Augustin in Glastonbury, the Torrington Catholic Cluster, and St. Matthew Church in Forestville; as parish administrator of St. Mary Church in Newington; and as an assistant Master of Ceremonies of the Archdiocese. Fr. Piedrahita served as a director of intellectual formation, director of the Basselin Scholars, and faculty member of Theological College, The National Seminary at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Currently, Fr. Piedrahita is supporting the mission of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, where he served as a parochial vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and as parish administrator of Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindale, Texas. In November 2021, Fr. Piedrahita was appointed the director of Prison Ministry of the Diocese of Tyler, coordinating the pastoral care of 18 prisons in East Texas.