Nerva Cot Aguilera

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Nerva Cot Aguilera
Suffragan Bishop
ChurchEpiscopal Church of Cuba
In office2007 to 2008
Orders
Ordination1987
ConsecrationJune 10, 2007
Personal details
Born1938/1939
DiedJuly 10, 2010 (aged 71)
NationalityCuban
DenominationAnglican
SpouseJuan Ramon de la Paz Cerezo
ChildrenThree

Nerva Cot Aguilera (1938/1939 – July 10, 2010) was a Cuban Anglican bishop. From 2007 to 2010, she was a suffragan bishop of the Episcopal Church of Cuba. Upon her consecration, she became the first female Anglican bishop in a developing country and in the whole of Latin America, and the first female bishop in the Caribbean.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Cot was ordained in the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a priest in 1987.[1] This made her one of the first three women ordained to the priesthood in Cuba.[2]

In February 2007, it was announced that Cot was to become a bishop, as one of the newly created suffragan bishops of the Episcopal Church of Cuba; the other was Ulises Mario Aguero Prendes.[2] On June 10, 2007, she was consecrated a bishop during a service at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Havana.[1] This made her the first woman to become an Anglican bishop in the whole of Latin America and in a developing country.[1][2] She was also the first female bishop in the Caribbean.[3] As one of two suffragan bishop, she responsible for the churches in western Cuba.[1] She retired from full-time ministry in 2008.[4]

On July 10, 2010, Cot died at the age of 71; she had been suffering from severe anemia.[5] Her funeral was held the following day (on July 11) in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Havana.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cot was married to Juan Ramon de la Paz Cerezo.[6] He is an Episcopalian priest and is the Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Havana.[1] Together, they had three children.[4] One daughter and their son are Episcopalian priests, the other daughter is a church administrator.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Cuban Episcopalians Welcome New Bishops Suffragan". Anglican Communion News Service. June 12, 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Boadle, Anthony (February 8, 2007). "First woman bishop in Cuba won't copy men". Reuters. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Cubans hail appointment of woman bishop". Anglican Church of Canada. February 6, 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "First woman bishop for Cuban church dies". Anglican Journal. July 12, 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Nerva Cot, Latin America's first woman bishop, dies at 71". Episcopal News Service. The Episcopal Church. July 11, 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ "News in brief: Cubans hold a family party". The Church Times. February 7, 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2015.