The Chapter

Senior Warder

Adrian Alberto Madriz

Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Adrian is the youngest and first Nicaraguan/Venezuelan Senior Warden, and the first Warden to come from the Spanish language service in Trinity’s 126 year history. He is the Executive Director of Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing (SMASH). Adrian is a community organizer who has been working in the neighborhoods of Miami most affected by slumlords and gentrification. In 2015, he was inspired by community leader Trenise Bryant and he and his neighbors started the organization SMASH in order to generate solutions to slum and blight without gentrifying the neighborhood. SMASH is a Community Land Trust and is developing its first affordable housing project in Liberty City. He has a BA in Political Science and Screen Arts from the University of Michigan. Adrian believes that the church has a role to play as the temple of the community’s values, and he believes that Trinity can once again be the center of Miami life, the way it was when Miami founder Julia Tuttle attended the church in the 1800s. He lives in Overtown with his husband, Armando Carranza.

 

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 13:8 - Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.