Reverend Raul Perez
“As a child, I was not familiar with church. In high school, I would go to the local park and I would see the church, I somehow felt drawn and knew my calling”. At 27 years old, he decided to join the seminary as a Capuchin priest. Born in Cuba, Father Raul Perez worked with young children and would teach them their sacraments.
He came to Miami 7 years ago for a visit and decided to stay and continue his parish work in the Cuban Community. He has been with Hospice since his arrival and has served for 1 year as a Priest Chaplain.
“My motto is, ‘it is better to give than receive’” and he lives by that every day of this life. Being part of the “Orange Team” he visits patients in their homes, hospitals and facilities on a daily basis.
His family is still in Cuba but his sister is getting ready to move to Miami any day. He is very close to his family and continues to visit them yearly. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys sports, especially baseball.
Reverend David Smith
A true South Floridian, Fr. Smith was born in Miami. Due to a childhood illness, he spent the first two years of his life at Jackson Memorial Hospital. They took such good care of him that in 1994 he went back and became the Chaplain there for the next 10 years.
Father Smith has been with the Archdiocese of Miami for over 30 years. He has served in many different parishes and has been part of the Cursillo Movement. He served 3 years as a National Advisor and 4 years as a world advisor. He is also co-author of the book, History of the Charism.
Prior to becoming a Priest Chaplain, Father Smith studied journalism, worked in the import/export business, air cargo and wanted to become a bowling touring pro. One day, a lifelong friend of his was praying and kept seeing a vision of Father Smith and convinced him to return to the seminary.
Father Smith is part of the “Red Team” at Hospice. More than half his work is meeting with patients, their families and participating in grief counseling. He also celebrates daily Mass, hears confessions and visits the sick for the San Lazaro Parish.
His father was an admiral in the US Navy and founder of Hurricane Hunters and his mother was a brilliant homemaker. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Creole.
Reverend John Mary Perez
Father John Mary was ordained in Subiaco, Italy in 2000 and served as a priest in South Texas, Puerto Rico and Mexico in the Hispanic Ministry. He received his Licentiate degree in Canon La Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He also received his Masters degree in Dogmatic Theology of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut.
Father John Mary is presently residing in active ministry of Mother of Christ Catholic Church in Southwest Miami, Florida. He is currently assigned as a full time Chaplain for Catholic Hospice in South Florida.