Bishop Joseph A. Espaillat, II is the first Dominican-born auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. Growing up in Manhattan, he learned to speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Street. He loves ministering the sacraments: celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, hearing confessions, and proclaiming the Word of God. He also loves working with youth and helping them encounter Christ. The founder of the ministry Messengers of Christ, Bishop Espaillat enjoys numerous sports, time with family and friends, watching movies, writing poetry, and rapping.