Category: Florida Bishops

Bishop reads storybook for Theology of the Body lesson

Palm Beach Gardens  |  In a recent video released by the Office of Family Life of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito addressed a virtual audience of young families as he read a storybook titled “Peppe the Lamplighter.”  The video, which featured the bishop reading the 1997 children’s book by Elisa Bartone,… Read more »

Orlando priest looks to the future as bishop of Savannah

ORLANDO  |  After serving in the Catholic ministry in the Diocese of Orlando for 22 years, Father Stephen Parkes will greet the parishioners of the Diocese of Savannah as their new bishop Sept. 23, 2020.  It was in July that Bishop-Elect Parkes received a life-changing phone call from Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The apostolic nuncio to… Read more »

Rite resumes for Diocesan youth

LaBelle  |  Frida Castillo and Maria Ramos are close friends who were among nearly 70 to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation Sept. 5, 2020, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in LaBelle. Frida said she felt a weight had been lifted from her shoulders when Bishop Frank J. Dewane made the sign of the… Read more »

Seminarian becomes Transitional Deacon

Venice  |  Surrounded by nearly his entire extended family, Alexander Pince was overwhelmed with emotion before, during and after his ordination to the Transitional Diaconate Aug. 29, 2020, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Bishop Frank J. Dewane, presiding over the Rite, informed Pince that ordination makes him a minister of the Word, Altar and Charity…. Read more »

Bishop installs fourth rector of basilica

ORLANDO | “We leap for joy at the reopening of the basilica. We leap for joy at the installation of its fourth rector, Father Robert Webster,” announced Bishop John Noonan on the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aug. 15, 2020 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of… Read more »

Seminarians end summer united in Christ

VENICE  |  The seminarians of the Diocese of Venice have had an eventful past five months, but they are now returning to their respective seminaries after having gathered as a group one last time this summer. The group has a story to tell having had their spring semester disrupted by a global pandemic. Many have… Read more »

Annual Poor Clare feast celebration muted

FORT MYERS BEACH  |  The Poor Clare Sisters who live a secluded life in a monastery on Fort Myers Beach are examples for all to follow, shaking off their worldly burdens to live as St. Clare of Assisi called, in cloister, devoting their life to serve as the Lord called. Bishop Frank J. Dewane expressed… Read more »

7 new Permanent Deacons

VENICE  |  Jeffrey Ball, Enrique (Rick) Castro, Ramiro Hernandez, Jack W. Milholland Jr., Roberto Pagán, Vern W. Smith, and Dr. William Soscia reached the altar of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice by very different paths. Through their passionate belief in their Faith and with the support of their wives, children, family and friends, they arrived to… Read more »

Drive-thru blessing inspires faithful

Wauchula  |  During a recent downpour, the faithful of St. Michael Parish in Wauchula patiently lined up in their vehicles to be closer to the Lord. Father Oscar Mendoza, Administrator of St. Michael, led a drive-thru blessing July 25, 2020, with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Father Mendoza stood in the rain, with the… Read more »