Oct. 29, 2012 / Sarasota, FL — The Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota has added the Rev. Mario Castro to its full-time clergy staff. Father Castro is leading the church’s Hispanic mission, which has the largest Hispanic congregation within the Diocese of Southwest Florida. He replaces the Rev. Richard Lampert who retired from Redeemer earlier this year.
Father Castro began with Redeemer on a part-time basis in November 2011. He resides in Tampa with his wife and family, and commutes to Sarasota five to six days a week to work on behalf of and connect with his growing Hispanic congregation. Each Sunday at Redeemer, Father Castro conducts a mass entirely in Spanish at 1 p.m., which is followed by a fellowship coffee hour held in Gillespie Hall for the congregation.
“We are delighted to have Father Castro join us at Redeemer,” said Redeemer’s Rector, the Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson. “He brings a wonderful energy to our efforts to reach Hispanics in our community. As well, Father Castro is working with the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida to establish ministries in Arcadia and Palmetto.”
The Church of the Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota. For more information, visit redeemersarasota.org or all 941-955-4263.