An Episcopal congregation in Queens was in for a big surprise recently when their priest Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, came on pulpit to give Sunday sermon and announced that he is gay. The shocked congregation was further informed that he is divorcing his wife and marrying a younger man.
Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, is the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, On a Facebook post this week, the Cuban-born prelate announced that he got married in a Los Angeles church.
“I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good,” he wrote in a caption of a picture on the beach.
According to the New York Post, many parishioners have severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out. Many are opting to attend Mass at a satellite church a few blocks away.
“Most of the people aren’t coming anymore,” an elderly woman told the newspaper. “Because he’s homosexual, people have stopped coming.”
However, there are many people in the largely Hispanic congregation who are supporting their priest, especially after he publicly offered to resign, the woman added. A petition was circulated to urge him to stay.
Saturday services have been canceled and attendance continued to dwindle down, the Post reported.
While talking to the Post, Quevedo-Bosch would not answer questions about his former wife Adria or their divorce. He revealed very little about his new marriage to the unidentified man.
“I am aware that there have been concerns regarding my divorce and subsequent remarriage and have been in touch with my bishop and my congregation about them,” he said.
Bishop Larry Provenzano, head of the Long Island diocese, which includes Queens, told the Post that he has been in touch with Quevedo-Bosch “as is customary in personal matters that involve divorce and remarriage.” He said the priest has his full support.
“Priests who wish to enter into same-gender marriage are approved to do so in the Episcopal Church and in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island,” Provenzano said.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Episcopal Church voted to allow same-sex marriage in the church.
In a Twitter post last week, Quevedo-Bosch said he would be keeping his personal and professional lives separate.
A business mogul, Dr. Henry Ekow Manly-Spain, has charged young Ghanaian people to adopt an entrepreneurial attitude in order to generate income for themselves and desist from depending solely on government for employment.
He pointed out that with the right attitude young graduates could put their talents into effective use to earn a living instead of forming graduates unemployed groups.
“As young people you have so much potential and energy which can be channeled into income generating ventures rather than allowing yourselves to be used to foment troubles during elections and other activities,” Dr. Manly-Spain advised.
Dr. Manly-Spain made the above statement when he delivered a talk on the topic: ‘Creating your wealth, the untold story’ during the Koforidua Diocesan 11th Biennial Delegates Conference 2015 at Mpraeso Bethel Methodist Church, Ghana in the Eastern region on Saturday, 25th July, 2015.
The conference was on the theme: “Upholding the Spirit of Self-giving as a witness to Christ and holistic spirituality.”
According to Dr. Manly-Spain, the days when the youth looked up to government for employment was long gone stressing that there is the need to strive for innovation and creativity in their field of endeavours.
He averred that it has become absolutely clear that government was saddled with so many responsibilities, and can, therefore, not create employment for every young person hence the current unemployment rate in the country.
‘It is clear that over dependency on government for employment is the reason for high rate of unemployed youth in the country. This calls for attitudinal change,” Manly-Spain added.
To this end, Dr. Manly-Spain challenged the youth to set up their own businesses and employ others.
Mr. Manly-Spain indicated that young people needed to be focused if they wanted to be successful entrepreneurs.
Taking his turn to address the conference on the topic; “Youth in Politics, Challenges and the Way forward, Capt Rtd Nkrabea Effah Dartey, former Member of Parliament for Berekum urged the youth to build themselves up before venturing into the arena of politics.
Capt Rtd Effah Dartey also advised the youth to take active part in politics to help push forward the agenda of Christ.
He also urged them to resist gay marriage.
He entreated them to be disciplined and desist from violent acts
The 11th Biennial conference was an election conference hence coming into force six new executives to steer the affairs of the Koforidua Diocesan Methodist Youth Fellowship for three years.
The six member new executive has Bro. Douglas Ofori-Amanfo as Chairman, Bro. Jacob Asamoadu as Vice Chairman, Bro. Samuel Appah-Peniel as Secretary, Bro. Godfred Obeng Nyame as Assistant Secretary, Bro. Daniel Adjei as Financial Secretary and Sis. Comfort Maku as Treasurer.
Rev. Ekow Ainoo Jnr, the Diocesan Youth Organizer and Bro. Kwabena Frempong Fening, the outgoing Diocesan Chairman both charged the new officers to work harder than before to move the Koforidua Diocesan MYF forward and should respect to all and sundry.