In addition to his work on television, he has been a parish priest, pastor, and administrator in several parishes, non-profits and service organizations both in and out of the church world for almost 25 years. He served as the CEO and General Director of Pax Catholic Communications a multi-media organization and the home of Radio Peace and Radio Paz in Miami from until , where he was involved in the administrative aspects of media work, managing, and leading a team of 50 staff members and over volunteers. This unique role led him to develop a special capacity for fund-raising, marketing, and a unique understanding of Latino and other minority markets. Due to his work and long-time engagement in multi-media platforms and the Latino market in the United States and Latin America, Father Albert has served various organizations in their search for greater diversity; including serving in an advisory capacity for Aetna, AARP, The American Bible Society, and other organizations.

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Alberto R. He now serves as rector of St. Benedict's, an Episcopal parish in Plantation , Florida. As a teenager he worked as a DJ. He was ordained as a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Miami in , the first ordinand of the then-newly designated Archbishop John Clement Favalora retired 20 April As "Father Albert", he was the first priest to host a secular talk show both on radio and television.

He gained worldwide recognition with his television debut in as the host of Padre Alberto and later Cambia tu Vida con el Padre Alberto , a daily talk show televised on the Telemundo network. He later served as host of the weekly program America en Vivo on Telemundo International. It sold thousands of copies and became a bestseller in the Spanish language market. He has been labelled as "Father Oprah " by various publications. He hosted several radio programs, such as Al Dia and Linea Directa , and directed the daily operations of Pax Catholic Communications for the Archdiocese of Miami until After meeting with two of his bishops and informing them of his decision, he chose to continue his ministry as a married priest in the Episcopal Church, part of the Anglican Communion.

He said that he respected the existing rule of mandatory celibacy and acknowledged that some priests remain dedicated to that calling. There are many priests in communion with the Vatican who are married, but they are not members of the Latin Rite.

He stated he did not want to become the "anti-celibacy priest". He said: "I do regret if my actions hurt people with all my heart", adding "[t]here are other ways to serve God. I am not the same man I was when I entered the seminary 22 years ago. The show was produced by Debmar-Mercury, the same company that syndicates South Park and Family Feud as a summer test-run. Benedict's Parish in Plantation, FL. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Catholic priest turned Episcopalian priest.

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