Category: Florida Bishops

Ocala parish damaged by crash and fire

ORLANDO  |  Early Saturday morning, July 11, 2020, a man crashed his van through the doors of Queen of Peace Parish. Once inside, the church’s pastor says the man set the interior of the church ablaze and drove off. Father Patrick O’Doherty, pastor of the Ocala parish for more than 33 years, was taking a… Read more »

First Diocese of Orlando cemetery opens

WINTER PARK  |  Resting on almost 50 acres of open landscape, Queen of Angels Cemetery sits alongside the peaceful grounds of San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, in Winter Park.  Guests can expect to feel comforted by the serene splashes of the entrance fountain before arriving at the main building where they are welcomed by a… Read more »

Faithful say farewell to Msgr. F. Joseph Harte

ORLANDO  |  Hundreds of faithful from all over the Diocese of Orlando came to pay homage to Msgr. Fachtna Joseph Harte, who died May 30, 2020, after a long illness. Bishop John Noonan celebrated the funeral Mass for the popular Irish priest at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe,… Read more »

Priest ordination celebrated in midst of Pandemic

Venice  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over the ordination of Father Franckel Fils-Aime in a Rite of Ordination, an age-old ceremony that was witnessed by the faithful on June 27, 2020 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.  Bishop Dewane told Father Fils-Aime that through ordination, he becomes forever raised to the rank of priest in… Read more »

Prayer Chain Against Racism held in Naples

Naples  |  A Prayer Chain Against Racism seeking to affirm the equality and dignity of every human person was held in Naples June 28, 2020. The prayer chain was sponsored by the Catholic Parishes of Naples and brought out many on a steamy afternoon. There were no talks or speeches, as people of all ages… Read more »

Bishop Barbarito blesses newly constructed St. Jude chapel

TEQUESTA  |  Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito blessed the new adoration chapel at St. Jude Parish in Tequesta, June 19, 2020, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The chapel, which was funded by donors who wish to remain anonymous, began construction in January 2019 and was completed in December of the same year. It… Read more »

Bishop Dewane addresses racism

In a recent letter to the faithful, Bishop Frank J. Dewane directly addressed racism in this country and called on all to seek unity, take action and continue to find the image and likeness of God in others. The letter, dated June 9, 2020, acknowledged the death of George Floyd and the suffering caused by… Read more »

Catholics join Christian leaders in A Walk of Mourning and Restoration

ORLANDO  |  A sea of people dressed in black moved slowly and deliberately down Church Street in Orlando, June 5, 2020 as hundreds of people mourn George Floyd, an African American who died while in police custody in Minnesota on Memorial Day.  The crowd remembered not only Floyd, but hundreds of others who died unjustly… Read more »

Join 30 days of prayer to St. Joseph

Venice  |  When Bishop Frank J. Dewane announced the Diocese of Venice would celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021, he promised a number of resources would be made available to help in this celebration. “St. Joseph is a figure who lead by example, while also offering powerful… Read more »

Bishop celebrates Masses at Parishes throughout the Venice Diocese

Sarasota  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane was the main celebrant for the Vigil Mass June 6, 2020, at St. Patrick Parish in Sarasota,  This visit was the latest in a series of Masses being celebrated by Bishop Dewane throughout the Diocese of Venice since public Masses resumed May 18, 2020, in the wake of the… Read more »