Father Federico Capdepón was born in Burgos, Spain, in 1951. At 17, he entered the Congregación de los Sagrados Corazones Seminary, which he left at age 21. After completing his studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, he was a representative for various publishing companies and then moved to Miami in 1978.
From an early age he was intent on helping others, and during his time as a seminarian he helped the Cuban refugees that arrived in Madrid. In Miami his vocation revived, and two years later he entered St. Vincent de Paul Seminary. On May 14, 1983 he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Miami. In addition to parish work, Father has also been very active in the Archdiocese’s vocations office and in the personnel board. He was named director of Youth Ministry in 1988 and in 1987 he was the local president of the Hispanic Association of Priests. Currently he is a member of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Miami and he also serves as the dean of the South East Deanery.
His first assignment was St. Peter and Paul Parish. In 1990 he became the Founder and Director of Radio Paz, the first Hispanic-Catholic radio station to broadcast 24 hours a day, and was named President of the National Association of Hispanic Priests of the USA. In 1991 he was named pastor of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church and in 1992 he was elected President of Pax Catholic Communications.
After leaving the Catholic Communications Ministry in September 2002, Fr. Federico was named pastor of St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Miami Shores, FL. His passion for building a faith community resulted in a vibrant and dynamic parish. After 10 years of service at St. Martha, he was named pastor of St. Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove where he presently resides. From the beginning, Fr. Federico has been warmly and lovingly received by our parishioners. His greatest desire is that St. Hugh be recognized as a vibrant and deeply committed community known for the spirit of fellowship among its members.
He wants to be remembered as a “priest in whom people find a source of joy, hope, spirituality, which enables them to look at the world in a different perspective from the one commonly lived.”