Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz


Although the coronavirus pandemic caused the event to be postponed for two months and limited the size of the congregation, an atmosphere of joy and gratitude filled St. Agnes Cathedral as Bishop-elect Luis Miguel Romero Fernandez, M. Id., DD. was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

“He is a global Churchman, a Catholic intellectual and an outstanding Catholic parish pastor known for his innovative approach to Catholic evangelization and formation in parish life,” said Bishop John Barres of Bishop Romero. “The parishioners of Our Lady of Loretto parish will tell you that their loving pastor ‘knows the smell of the sheep.’” Read Bishop Barres’ homily here.

A native of Spain, Bishop Romero was ordained  a member of the Idente Missionaries in 1981. Read his biography here. He came to Long Island in 2014 to serve as pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead, which was entrusted to the Idente Missionaries’ care.

In his remarks at the ordination, Bishop Romero, thanked the parishioners of Our Lady of Loretto for their “incredible devotion, simplicity and family spirit.” Read Bishop Romero’s remarks here.

Bishop Romero’s episcopal motto is “Meek and Humble of Heart.” To learn about his coat of arms, click here.