A congregation was in for a big surprise when their priest, Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, came out as gay just before divorcing his wife and marrying a younger man.
Rev. Quevedo-Bosch, also serves as the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria.
The 59 year old priest took to his Facebook page to announce 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, a church member said many parishioners have severed ties to the church after the Cuban-born priest out.
“In the congregation there are many people who are still supporting their priest, especially after he publicly offered to resign,” the church member said. woman added.
It was gathered that a petition was circulated to urging him to stay. Saturday services have been canceled and attendance continues to reduce.
Quevedo-Bosch while speaking with New York Post, refused to 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.
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Quevedo-Bosch in a twee posted last week, said he would be keeping his personal and professional lives separate.
According to his Linkedin page, Quevedo-Bosch worked as an economic planner for the city of Havana in the early 1980swas before becoming a priest. He studied to be a priest in his native country.