“Mons. Agustin Roman’s Program of Evangelization & Sacramental Preparation for Adults” (Pespa)

Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome Home!

Welcome to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity – Ermita de la Caridad.

We offer this Program of Evangelization and Sacramental Preparation (PESPA), to help or assist the parishes of our Archdiocese of Miami. Thus, we gladly do so, following the Lord’s command to His Apostles, at the end of the Gospel of St. Matthew: “Go you to the end of the Earth, baptizing in the name of the Father, of the Son, and the Holy Spirit, TEACHING (not imposing) all that I have taught you” [Mt. 28: 19-20].

This ministry in which we all participate is the evangelizing inspiration of the founder of this Sanctuary of Love, +Bp. Monsignor Agustín Román, of happy memory.

He began it in the face of the dire need for “spiritual hunger” which he found present in our brothers and sisters, particularly in 1994-1995, among the desperate men and women coming to the US, not only from Cuba, but from many other parts of the world; brothers and sisters in need who came to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity – La Ermita, our little House of God’s, so as to give thanks to The Blessed Virgin and her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for having saved them from the hands of their oppressors and persecutors in the homelands they had left behind.

For Monsignor Roman, as well as all of us present here (now), as in the past, will always take you unto our hearts. La Ermita de la Caridad is a Center of Faith in Action of the Love of God, a love to be gratuitously shared with all of God’s children. It is thus, our desire, that you can feel respectfully heard in the House of the Father, because this House is a privileged place of refuge, partaking, and spiritual healing.

Welcome to Mama’s house in South Florida – The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity – La Ermita de la Caridad!

It will be our greatest spiritual desire to serve and share our knowledge of faith with all of you.

Rev. Fr. Fernando Heria

Who Can Attend Classes At Ermita’s Program?

Every adult over the age of 18 who needs the sacraments of Christian initiation: baptism, communion and confirmation; is eligible to participate in this ministry. No participant has "rights" of admission, that authority resides exclusively in the Rector and the Vice-Rectors of the shrine according to the criteria applied to each case.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage

Regarding MARRIAGE PREPARATION. Please know that it is NOT our responsibility or commitment to prepare couples for the sacramental marriage path. Preparations for marriage are made in the Church where the Marriage will be celebrated or in the Parish to which each one belongs. Also know that we are not responsible if a church gives you a date for your sacramental marriage before you have completed the course. We are NOT a "normal" church / parish; therefore, we have no voice in the marriage requirements demanded in different churches. You should discuss these matters with the church in which you are going to marry or with your parish, as it is your responsibility and not ours.

Cost of the Program

This catechetical program is free! A suggested donation of $ 90.00 will be greatly appreciated to help cover our expenses. The transmission of faith is priceless! That is the theological virtue that God has given us, totally free for us, his children, and we are all obliged to pass it on to others: AT NO CHARGE!


The program consists of 12 lessons. It can be started at any time; but it is necessary to complete the complete the cycle to receive the sacraments.


  • Revelation and Tradition.
  • Who is God? The Holy Trinity.
  • God The Father and Mary.
  • God The Son: Jesus Christ.
  • God The Holy Spirit.
  • Liturgy of the Church.
  • The Ten Commandments.
  • SacramentsofInitiation.
  • Sacraments of Healing.
  • Sacraments of Vocation.
  • Human Sexuality.
  • The Social Justice of the Church.

Schedules and Structure of the Program

  • Monday (Spanish): 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM.
  • Wednesday (English): 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM.
  • Prayer: 6:45 PM to 7:00 PM.
  • Instruction: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM.
  • Questions and Answers: 7:45 PM to 8:00 PM.
* Optional Mass in the sanctuary at 8:00 PM.


  • Monday (Spanish): 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM.
  • Wednesday (English): 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM.
* You can download the Registration Form HERE, print it, fill it out and bring it the day you come to register.

Documents Required at the Time of Registration

For the Sacrament of Baptism:

  • Copy of the Birth Certificate.
  • Copy of the Driver's License.

For the Sacrament of The Eucharist or First Communion:

  • Copy of the Baptism Certificate.
  • Copy of the Driver's License.

For the Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • Copy of the Baptism Certificate.
  • Copy of the First Communion Certificate.
  • Copy of the Driver's License.

*If you had a previous marriage annulled or divorced, please bring copy of those documents

Godparents or Sponsors

For Baptism: Two Godparents / Sponsors are needed. One malegodfather or sponsorand one female godparent of sponsor. Both sponsors must have received the sacraments of initiation (baptism, communion, confirmation).

First Communion: No Sponsors needed.

Confirmation: A single Sponsor is needed, can be male or female and alsocan be one from the baptism. In the same way he must have the sacraments of initiation (baptism, communion, confirmation).

Contact Information:
Phone Number: (305) 854-2404