The Reverend Canon
Miguel A. Rosada
Canon for Hispanic Ministries
St. Luke’s/San Lucas Episcopal Church
My name is Miguel Andres Rosada; I currently serve as pastor to St, Luke’s (San Lucas), the diocese’s first bilingual, multicultural congregation and as Canon for Latino-Hispanic Ministries. In this role, I have been able to serve and evangelize the growing Spanish speaking community, plant several missions, and have had the privilege to serve as mentor to Latino candidates seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church.
I was born in Baracoa, a small town in Eastern Cuba, which is our companion diocese. Due to political persecution, my parents came to the US seeking refuge when I was 10 years old. We settled in Jacksonville, and my family has lived here since. I was educated in the local public school system, Richard L Brown Elementary, Landon Jr. High and Sandalwood Senior High school. After finishing college and medical school, I returned to Jacksonville, and settled in Arlington.
In addition to serving as a priest and pastor of a parish, I am a physician practicing Family Medicine for over 25 years. Along with my wife who is a nurse, a woman of prayer and ministry partner, I have participated in medical missions to migrant workers in rural Florida and established free clinics in partnership with parishes where I have served. My current employment as medical director at UF Health Monument Landing has also afforded me the opportunity to work with a socioeconomically diverse population and to serve the needy and uninsured.
My ministry as a priest began in the Charismatic Episcopal Church in 1994. After much prayer and discernment, I felt led by God to join the Episcopal Church, where Bishop John Howard, at the cathedral, received me in 2008. It has been a journey of excitement and fruitful ministry for our family!
I married Gigi, my wife and high school sweetheart 39 years ago. We have three adult children, Miguel Andres (Rina Mejias Rosada), Natalie Nicole and Marcos Miguel. We have two grandchildren, Joaquin and Suzette, and 6 pets (three dogs and three cats).
Dear Diocesan Family:
It has been an honor a privilege to participate in the discernment process for electing a new bishop to serve our diocese.
I felt called to pastoral ministry at the age of 16. However, the opportunity to discern and respond to the call of ordained ministry came following me becoming a practicing physician. As a bi-vocational priest, I have been able to serve our community, offer medical care to the underserved, extend the message of Christ and our ministries to communities underrepresented in our diocesan family.
Ministry in this diocese has been an exciting endeavor. During my tenure St. Luke’s has become a multicultural, bilingual parish where people from all cultures walks of life and languages are welcome. Hispanic ministry which had been absent from our diocese prior to my arrival has also seen exciting developments. Today three churches in our diocese offer services in Spanish and our ministries are growing with diverse people, new to the Episcopal Church.
This journey of faith, science, ministry and medicine has provided me an appreciation for ministry to soul and body as key to the message of the gospel. I bring to this search a passion for holistic ministry, medical ministries to the underserved, a call to racial and ethnic diversity, a love of rural parishes, and multicultural ministry.
Participating in discernment has allowed me the opportunity to reflect on the call of God, share with many gifted clergy and lay people of our diocese, and envision a better future together.