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RELIGION BRIEFS The Church of the Redeemer is located on South Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Nor- man Schimmel THE REV. MARIO CASTRO LEADS HISPANIC MISSION AT REDEEMER The Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota has added the Rev. Mario Castro to its full-time clergy staff. Castro is leading the church's Hispanic mis- sion, which has the largest Hispanic congre- gation within the Diocese of Southwest Flor- ida, a news release says. He replaces the Rev. Richard Lampert, who retired from Redeemer earlier this year. Castro began with Redeemer on a part-time basis in November 2011. He resides in Tampa with his wife and family and commutes to Sara- sota five to six days a week to work on behalf of and connect with his growing Hispanic congregation, the news release notes. Each Sunday at Redeemer, Castro conducts a mass entirely in Spanish at 1 p.m., which is followed by a fellowship coffee hour held in Gillespie Hall for the congregation. "We are delighted to have Father Castro join us at Redeemer," said the church's rector, the Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson in the news release. "He brings a wonderful energy to our efforts to reach Hispanics in our communi- ty. As well, Father Castro is work- ing with the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida to establish min- istries in Arcadia and Palmetto." The Rev. Mario Castro/Contributed The Church of the Redeemer is lo- cated at 222 S. Palm Ave. in down- town Sarasota. For more informa- tion, visit www.redeemersarasota. org or call 955-4263.

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