Saturday, May 9, 2015

Episcopal Bishop Leopold Frade will leave behind a legacy of social activism

From Miami-

It’s just past 3 p.m. and Bishop Leo Frade is settling into his office next to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

He’s handed a cafecito.

“This is my 3:05 coffee,” he says, as he sips the Cuban coffee.

Frade’s office is full of momentos from his 38-year career as an Episcopal priest. Behind his desk, a black and white photo of God’s Mercy, a converted World War II submarine chaser he used to bring 437 Cubans to the United States during the Mariel Boatlift. On a side table, the Order of Francisco Morazan medallion, one of the highest honors granted by the Honduran government, which Frade received for his humanitarian efforts following Hurricane Mitch. Above his desk, a plastic crown, a gag gift from a friend after he was consecrated as bishop.

Soon these memories will be packed away, as Frade – pronounced Friday – will turn 72 on Oct. 10, the mandatory retirement age in the Episcopal Church.

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