Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cuban American Episcopal Priest to Deliver Inaugural Benediction.

The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon rector of St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square has been chosen to deliver the invocation at President Obama's inauguration. Dr. Leon was baptized as a child into the Episcopal Church in Cuba. He was sent by his parents to the United States in the 'Peter Pan" flights out of Cuba at the age of  twelve.

St. John's Church a historic parish in the diocese of Washington popularly known as the Church of the Presidents has been visited by president Obama and his family on several ocassions.  The Rev. Leoon also delivered the invocation at President Bush's second inaugural in 2005. 

He joins Richard Blanco, who will present the inaugural poem as the second Cuban American with a role in President Obama's inaugural ceremonies. 

Bueno ....los cubanos estan en todas...



Poet Richard Blanco, Poem, Betting on America, Bryant Park, 2012

Great poem Miss America and growing up Cuban...!