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Deacon Jorge A. Alvarez is currently an ordained deacon by the Archdiocese of Miami. Deacon Jorge is also an adjunct professor of theology at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. He is the founder and executive chef of The Stuffed Cuban, a full-service catering company. Previously he was the Dean of Academics and Community Relations at the University of Southernmost Florida. Prior to that, he was the Campus President for the college’s flagship campus and Dean of the Business School of the institution. Deacon Jorge has 30 years of executive-level experience in the health care and higher education management field. This experience includes President of Hialeah Hospital PSO, Vice President of Neighborhood Health Partnership and Chair of the Government Policy Group for Redbridge, a global consultancy firm.

Deacon Jorge earned a masters degree in theology from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary as well as masters degrees in business and management at the University of Miami. Deacon Jorge serves his parish, the Church of the Little Flower, in Coral Gables Florida in various capacities. He is especially proud of serving in the Emmaus Men’s Ministry where he was blessed by his peers by having been chosen as Team leader for Emmaus # 27. Jorge and his wife Maxine, married for 35 years, serve as team members on the parishes Marriage Covenant Retreats on both the English and Spanish teams. Deacon Jorge is also a 4th degree Sir Knight in the Knights of Columbus Coral Gables Council.

Deacon Jorge has served the community in various civic activities including elected Coral Gables District Committeeman, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Miami; Chairman of the South Florida Ad Hoc Congressional Health Insurance Board; member of the Board of County Commission’s Health Insurance Blue Ribbon Task Force; former Chair of the Coral Gables Budget and Audit Board and a member of the Coral Gables Code Enforcement Agency and Parking Authority. He received a mayoral appointment as the president of the largest citizen’s PAC in Coral Gables, the Gables Good Government Committee.

Jorge and Maxine are blessed with two daughters: Camila Maria, 31 years old and Isabella Crista, soon to be 21 years old! Camila graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami, Florida. She later graduated with a degree in film production and archaeology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Camila has completed her masters in professional sciences with a concentration in underwater archaeology at the Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. Her post-graduate work includes a consultancy with Miami-Dade County government where she developed policy on Sea Level Rise. She is currently the lead singer and bassist for a touring band in the noise genre and living in Baltimore.

Isabella is a junior at St. Thomas University. Isa is a candidate for student government president, she is currently a student government senator, member of the cheer team and vice president of the psychology club. She is planning to attend law school, with an interest in human rights, Isa graduated high school from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. She spent 2 years on the swim team and 2 years as a cheerleader. Both Isa and Cami graduated from St. Theresa Catholic School.

Maxine, after 20 years as a professional model, is currently a photographer. In ministry, she was instituted as a lay minister by Archbishop Thomas Wenski after graduating from the archdiocese’s two-year program in lay leadership. She is an extraordinary minister of the holy eucharist and supports Deacon Jorge in his diaconate ministry.

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