Fr. Julio Fernández was born in Santa Clara, province of Las Villas, Cuba.
He is the third of five brothers. His family has always been very active in the Church, and particularly linked to the Salesians of Don Bosco.
Fr. Julio entered the seminary in the summer of 1992 and was ordained to the priesthood in December, 2003. He pursued some studies in Rome and is fluent in Italian.
He came to Miami in 2013, and has served as parochial vicar at St. Kevin, the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Key West and St. John the Apostle in Hialeah before coming to St. Hugh.