Bishop EstÃ©vez, who came to Miami from Cuba when he was 14 years old to be reunited with his parents thanks to the Peter Pan movement, said âthe sun also rises for our beloved country,â and he asked God that âwe not forget the message of John Paul II: be strong in hope.â.- During his ceremony of ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of Miami, Bishop Felipe de JesÃºs EstÃ©vez, addressed his fellow Cubans and expressed his desire that the country might enjoy âmore justice, more freedom, with all and for all, especially those who suffer.â
The new bishopâs 80 year-old parents, more than 50 bishops, including Archbishop Pedro Meurice of Santiago, Cuba, 2 cardinals and 400 priests all participated in the Mass which took place in St. Maryâs Cathedral. Bishop EstÃ©vez has been a symbol of the Archdioceseâs work with refugees, political exiles and immigrants.
Bishop EstÃ©vez said he was indebted to the legacies of Auxiliary Bishop AgustÃn RomÃ¡n, who retired last year, and Cuban Bishop Eduardo Boza Masvidal, who was exiled from Cuba, and he expressed his affection for all of the Church in Cuba.
In his homily, Archbishop John Favarola said now âwe have another successor of the apostles among us in order to continue passing on the Gospel to believers,â and he thanked Bishopâs parents for raising their son in the faith.