Cuba Mission Trip
Establishing a Cuban ministry between
In September of 2014 Bishop Griselda Delgado, head of the Episcopal church of Cuba, visited Trinity Parish in St Augustine Florida to establish a partnership between a Church in Cuba, San Juan Evangelista and Trinity Parish.
In the Spring of 2019 the rector, Father Matt Marino, and vestry of Trinity Parish, a 200-year-old Episcopal Church in St Augustine Florida, approved an exploratory mission trip to our sister parish, San Juan Evangelista in Bacuranao Cuba, a small rural church 30 minutes east of Havana.
In June 2019, Father Ken Herzog and Alex Quintard made an exploratory mission trip to visit our sister parish to see how we could help with the restoration of the church and parish hall ,which had suffered from years of neglect and storms.
The Cuban Church was founded by American missionaries in 1905. They introduced Anglicanism into a milieu greatly influenced by Roman Catholicism. For more than a century, the Episcopal Church has worked uninterrupted in the proclamation of “The Good News” in Cuba. Due to the exodus of Episcopalians outside Cuba, after the revolution, the Church suffered long periods of instability. It also underwent a deterioration of its facilities due age and storms.
In late 2019 a team was put together for a working mission trip in May 2020, then Covid hit. It was not until May of 2022 that we were able to finally make our first working mission trip. We took down and installed a much-needed water purification system. Our installation was one of 40 that had been installed over the last 10 years in Cuban Episcopal churches. This system makes filter fresh water for not only the church, but for the entire community.
In November 2022 we made a short mission trip to take down money and supplies, so that the church restoration could continue. Our next working mission trip will be in March 2023. To see videos of previous trips, click here.