Remembering Bishop Agustin Roman

Celebrations for Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, Agustin Roman (May 5, 1928 – April 11, 2012) were attended by hundreds of parishioners on the weekend of April 13th.A time of remembering Bishop Roman began with a pilgrimage on Saturday to Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery and the site of the late Bishop’s burial. A statue of the Virgin of Charity, patroness of Cuba, was carried by four men and followed by a procession of people.

Bishop Roman was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1979 when he became the first Cuban in 200 years to be appointed bishop in the United States. The love and devotion of Bishop Roman was shared with all and especially those exiled from Cuba who he served as a spiritual father. When the press began calling him a hero, Bishop Roman responded with characteristic humility: “A bishop, a priest, is a servant, not a hero.”

On Sunday, April 14th, Archbishop Thomas Wenski celebrated a Mass for Bishop Roman which was attended by hundreds of parishioners.