Jose Gonzalez Martinez: New Bishop of Cuba

Diocesan Press Service. February 28, 1967 [52-1-2]

The Very Rev. Jose Augustin Gonzalez Martinez, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Havana, was consecrated Bishop of Cuba, Sunday, Feb. 5, after his election by the Diocese in convention Feb. 4.

The election was held under the direction of the Metropolitan Council, which was set up at the 1966 meeting of the House of Bishops. At that meeting Cuba was established as an autonomous diocese within the Anglican Communion "under the care and direction of the Metropolitan Council." It was formerly a missionary district of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Participants in the convention and consecrators were the Most Rev. Howard Hewlett Clark, Primate of all Canada; the Rt. Rev. Melchor Saucedo, Suffragan Bishop of Mexico, representing the President of the 9th Province, the Rt. Rev. Francisco Reus Froylan; and the Rt. Rev. John E. Swaby, Suffragan Bishop of Jamaica, representing the Archbishop of the West Indies, the Most Rev. Alan J. Knight.

Bishop Gonzalez has served as Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral since 1962. Prior to that he was priest-in-charge of St. Paul's Church, Camaguey. He was ordained deacon in June of 1943 and priest in February 1944. He then served parishes in Vertientes and Guantanamo.

He attended DuBois Memorial Church Training School in Tennessee and Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va. from which he received a Bachelor of Divinity Degree.

The new Bishop is married to the former Graciela Milian.