BRIGHTON — Born to Colombian immigrants, Deacon Steven Restrepo grew up in East Boston with his parents and three older brothers. His family attended Most Holy Redeemer Parish when now-Bishop Robert Hennessey was the pastor there. As a child, he attended public schools and played Little League baseball.
He entered Boston College as a nursing student, staying at the school during the week and coming home on weekends. His older cousin was also a student there, and she convinced him to take a class on Catholicism. That class made him examine his faith in a new way.
“For the first time, it felt like I needed to step up to the plate and explore my faith more,” Deacon Restrepo said.
At the end of his freshman year, he switched his major to theology.
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