Fr. Luis R. Largaespada, 38, was born on June 23, 1978, in Managua, Nicaragua, the third of seven children.
His home parish is Good Shepherd in Miami. He graduated from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High in 1997 and worked in retail sales, automobile mechanics, as security in a discount store and as a youth minister before entering St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami in the year 2000. In 2004 he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and a Bachelors Degree in Theology.
Fr. Largaespada graduated in 2009 from theological studies at St. Vincent de Paul, with Master Degree in Divinity and a Master Degree in Arts.
His pastoral assignments in the Miami area include service at Camillus House, a homeless shelter; work in youth ministry; work at St. Catherine of Siena Parish and a pastoral year at St. Joseph Parish, Miami Beach; door-to-door evangelization at Corpus Christi Parish; ministry to the elderly at Green Briar Nursing Home; and AIDS ministry at Genesis House.He also spent summers working in migrant ministry in Clarksville and South Hill, Va., and in the Palm Beach Diocese’s School of Evangelization, as well as at Veterans Administration hospitals in New York and as a vocational radio program host for Radio Paz, the archdiocesan station in Miami.
On April 19, 2008, was ordained to the Diaconate at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary by Archbishop Thomas Wenski. He served his diaconate year at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Miami.
Fr. Largaespada was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop John C. Favalora on May 9th, 2009. His first assignment as a newly ordained priest was Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Kendall.
In June of 2012, after three years of service on his first assignment, was transferred to the Church of The Epiphany where he served for 4 years. In May 2016 Archbishop Thomas Wenski appoints him to St. Hugh in Coconut Grove.
He is a Third Degree Knight of Columbus and Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He Completed the Good Leaders, Good Shepherds Leadership program June 2013 from the Catholic Leadership Institute. In December of 2012, was appointed as the Spiritual Director of the Florida Center for Peace in Miami, FL. He serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Presbiteral Council and the Vocations board. Fr. Largaespada has a great devotion to the saints and loves their hagiographies. He is the custodian of more than 300 relics of the saints.