Category: Florida Bishops

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 »

Permanent Diaconate Ordination set for Aug. 15

Venice  |  Seven diaconate candidates took an Oath of Fidelity and gave a Profession of Faith on July 29, 2020, the final hurdle before the group will be ordained as Permanent Deacons Aug. 15, 2020, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over Mass and the ceremony at Our Lady of Perpetual… Read more »

Two men, eager and ready, are ordained to priesthood

ORLANDO  |  On July 25, 2020 — the feast day of the apostle James — two transitional deacons were ordained to the priesthood. And both men were glad that day had finally arrived. “Honestly, I’m just ready to be a priest. That’s what I most look forward to,” said Deacon Adam Marchese as he prepared… Read more »

Class of 2020 are ‘Celtics for life’

Naples  |  For the first time in months, and for the final time in their lives, the close-knit St. John Neumann Catholic High School class of 2020 gathered as a group July 16, 2020, for a Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises at St. Agnes Parish in Naples. The celebration put a capstone on the high… Read more »

Faith Formation in Spanish completes third cycle

Venice  |  The final phase of an intensive three-year Spanish-language Faith Formation Program concluded June 2020, with 358 earning a Diocesan certificate of completion. In the three years of the program a total of more than 1,300 earned certificates. With the support of Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Diocese Hispanic Ministries Director Father Claudio Stewart,… Read more »

Church’s continue communication with faithful

Fort Myers  |  Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic the challenge to stay connected to one’s faith has been hampered by many factors: quarantine, social distancing, isolation, fear as well as access to technology by some to stay informed. Parishes have used every resource they can to share updates with the faithful, including sending out mailings, letters… Read more »

Bishop celebrates milestones

Venice  |  There are two dates in July that hold a special place in the heart of Bishop Frank J. Dewane — July 16 and July 25. July 16, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is the day in which he received the Sacrament of Holy Orders 32 years ago in 1988, for… Read more »

Orlando Diocese Catholic schools to delay opening

ORLANDO  |  Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Henry Fortier, announced July 20, 2020, that Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando will open Aug. 26, 2020, two weeks later than originally planned.  “The two-week delay will allow us to monitor the situation, in central Florida, of positive cases and make necessary adjustments to keep our faculty… Read more »

Child’s faith leads to family’s conversion

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS  |  Maddox is described as having a heart for God. It wasn’t until he stepped into St. Joseph Parish in Orlando, seeking to sign off a Cub Scout requirement at age 11, that he recognized where God had been leading him his entire youth.  “From the moment I walked in, I got a… Read more »