Even before the Diocese of Central Florida separated from the Diocese of South Florida and took on its own identity, Hispanic ministry was active in the area, and despite challenges, that ministry is still expanding today. Christ the King, Orlando, served Latino brothers and sisters by helping facilitate the reunification of child refugees, brought into Orlando under Operation Pedro Pan, with their parents, who had also escaped Castro’s Cuba. The official diocesan journal from 1974 mentions the “small but growing group of people” ministered to by both the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando, and Emmanuel, Orlando, where the first official services in Spanish, led by the Rev. Aquilino Viñas were held on Epiphany Sunday, January 7, 1973. The congregation of Iglesia [Episcopal] Jesús de Nazaret, Orlando, traces its heritage back to all three expressions of Hispanic ministry.

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By erick