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The Rt. Rev. Leopold Frade
Denomination Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Senior posting
See Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida
Title III Bishop of Southeast Florida
Period in office 2000-
Consecration 1984
Predecessor Calvin O. Schofield, Jr.
IV Bishop of Southeast Florida
Religious career
Priestly ordination 1977
Previous post Bishop of Honduras 1984-2000
Date of birth 1943
Place of birth Havana, Cuba

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



Leopold Frade, attended Candler College, 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

Leopold Frade has received the following honorary degrees:[2 ]


Leopold 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 Honduras from 1984-2000, when he was elected the third Bishop of Southeast Florida.[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]

Preceded by
Calvin O. Schofield, Jr.
3rd Bishop of Southeast Florida
2000 – present
Succeeded by


Leopold Frade 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

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