Ministry Update: Meetup at Cuban Restaurant

VALRICO – Each fall, the Diocese of Southwest Florida meets in pre-convention meetings called Convocations. There are three of them each fall, one for the Naples and Ft. Myers Deaneries, one for Manasota and Venice and the final for Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. …. This year, the Tampa area Convocation was hosted by Holy Innocents, Valrico. Before the event, Diocesan staff gathered for dinner at La Septima, a popular Cuban restaurant in Brandon. There, we happened upon Jasmine Rodriguez, who was waiting on our table. Rodriguez grew up in the Catholic Church; she is a second generation Puerto Rican. The coincidence was that she worked at the local coffeehouse in FishHawk, where two years ago, The Rev. Canon Eric Cooter was working to form a Fresh Express…