Santa Cruz del Norte Episcopal Church
Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba
Rev. Frank Fernández Triana, Pastor
Santa Cruz del Norte is situated about an hour to the north of Havana in a prosperous town on the coast. Main industries in the town are Rum
production, oil, and tourism.
The church was originally paid for and built by the people of the town.
In 1948 a group of 15 young women committed to never letting the
doors of the church close, regardless of the challenges and risks
associated with that move. Their names are engraved on the pews.
The last surviving woman died in 2012, held Frank’s hand, and
declared as she passed away – “I now hand the church over to you!”
Today, children – the future of the church – are not allowed to attend
the church. The rebar is so rotten, it is expanding rapidly, launching
large fragments of cement from the walls and ceiling that could injure
Them. The front and back walls are collapsing.
There is a space behind the church for a classroom/activity room with 3 to 4 guest rooms above (to generate on-going revenue to support the
church). That will be built first. Services will be held there while the
current structure is removed and replaced.