Cuban-Born Priest Named Auxiliary of Miami

MIAMI, Florida, NOV. 21, 2003 ( John Paul II has appointed Father Felipe de Jesus Estevez, a native of Cuba, as auxiliary bishop of Miami.

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The Vatican press office made the announcement today.

Born in 1946 in the town of Pedro Betancourt, Father Estevez has been director of spiritual formation at the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.

He studied philosophy and theology in Montreal Seminary in Canada, and was ordained a priest in the United States in 1970 for the Diocese of Matanzas, Cuba.

Being unable to return to his homeland, the priest carried out a transitory pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at Our Lady of Syapa Major Seminary until 1975, when he was received in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Subsequently, he studied in Rome at the Institute of Spirituality of the Gregorian University, receiving a licentiate in spiritual theology.

The Miami Archdiocese has a population of 3.9 million, including 830,366 Catholics.

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