Leo Frade

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The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade
III Bishop of Southeast Florida
Church Episcopal Church in the United States of America
See Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida
In office 2000-
Predecessor Calvin O. Schofield, Jr.
Successor Peter Eaton January 8th, 2016
Ordination 1977
Consecration 1984
Personal details
Born 1943
Havana, Cuba
Previous post Bishop of Honduras 1984-2000

Leo Frade (Leopold Frade; 10 October 1943- in Havana, Cuba), is the third Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida and former Bishop of Honduras. He is the son of devout Methodists[1] Leopoldo and Angela Frade.[2]


Frade attended Candler College (now Amistad Cubano-Sovietica Technical School), a Methodist school in Cuba and received a B.L. in 1960,[2] He continued his college education in the United States at Asbury College, but left at the end of his junior year to join his family in New York and to go to work.[1]

While in New York, Leo Frade decided to join the Episcopal Church and after moving to Miami in 1969, he was confirmed and started to prepare for seminary.[1] He studied theology at the University of the South and received an M.Div. in 1977. He also received a B.A. from Biscayne College, now St. Thomas University, in 1978.[2]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Frade has received the following honorary degrees:[2]


Frade was ordained to the diaconate April 17, 1977, and to the priesthood October 17, 1977. On January 25, 1984, he was consecrated bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras.[2]

He served as curate of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Miami, Florida, from 1977–1978, and priest in charge of Hispanic ministries of Grace Episcopal Church, in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1978-1982. After the Mariel Boatlift, Frade was one of two Episcopal priests to be convicted for "trading with the enemy" for their part in bringing 402 refugees from Mariel on a converted minesweeper, the God's Mercy. The conviction was later overturned.

He served as Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Honduras from 1984–2000, when he was elected the third Bishop of Southeast Florida; he was translated in 2000.[2]

In his ecclesial ministry, he welcomed Father Alberto Cutié into the Episcopal Church, something which provoked a negative reaction from local Catholic leaders, who said it could harm relations between the two congregations.[3]

According to the decision of the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church allowing bishops to authorize same, Bishop Frade approved a petition by All Saints Episcopal Church rector, Father Sherod Mallow to perform a special blessing ceremony of same-gendered couples. The special ceremony was held in April, 2012. [4]


Leo married Diana Dillenberger on December 22, 1987.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Episcopal Clerical Directory, 2005 New York: The Church Hymnal Corporation, pp. 299-300
  3. ^ Ecumenical relations harmed by canoodling priest
  4. ^ Brooks, Louise, "Nine Same-Gendered Couples Blessed in Episcopal Church Ceremony." Walking With Integrity. Internet Blog. April 28, 2012, http://walkingwithintegrity.blogspot.com/2012/05/nine-same-gendered-couples-blssed-in.html Taken October 28, 2012.

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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Calvin O. Schofield, Jr.
3rd Bishop of Southeast Florida
2000 – present
Succeeded by