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
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