Come meet and have dinner with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, on Saturday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Ramallah Club. This event is free and open to paid members only. We are honored to have the Bishop visit with us, so please be sure to attend.
Biography of Bishop Estévez
Bishop Estévez was appointed the 10th bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine by Pope Benedict XVI in April 2011. Born in Cuba, Bishop Estévez appreciates our customs, heritage and our efforts to preserve our heritage. He is a staunch supporter of keeping Christians in the Holy Land and is very interested in our local Palestinian community. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from Montreal University in Montreal, Canada (1970), a Master in Arts from Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. (1977), and a doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1980. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
A History of the Diocese of St. Augustine
On Sept. 8, 1565, a small band of Spaniards celebrated Mass on the shores of North Florida in preparation for starting a settlement there. They named their new home St. Augustine in honor of the saint on whose feast day they sighted land. Thus were the seeds of Christianity first sown in North America. It was here that the famed Santa Fe Trail originated and it was from here that Franciscan missionaries began the trek North and West to proclaim the Good News. It was also here that the first schools and hospitals were opened. The Diocese of Saint Augustine was established on March 11, 1870 and embraces 17 counties spanning the northeast section of Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. It covers 11,032 square miles and serves more than 177,000 registered Catholics.