Category: Florida Bishops

Orlando superintendent of Catholic Schools speaks on racism

ORLANDO | “We all have a moral responsibility… Together we make up the body and face of Christ,” said Henry Fortier, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orlando. Fortier recently joined the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) for an in-depth discussion on racism in our nation and within our faith institutions. He called… Read more »

Orlando bishop celebrates National Day of Prayer

ORLANDO | Bishop John Noonan celebrated Mass June 1, 2020, at St. James Cathedral in Orlando to remember the more than 100,000 victims of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 370,000 worldwide. Marking the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, called for by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an organization of more than… Read more »

Prison Outreach adds new religious education component

Venice | A huge challenge faced the Diocese of Venice Prison Outreach when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) to limit outside contact with prisoners for fear of spreading the virus. This left the men and women with no access to religious education programs or materials. Thanks to a cooperative effort… Read more »

Public Sunday Mass in Diocese of Venice brings joy, hope

Venice  |  As the faithful left Mass at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice May 24, 2020, there was a feeling of joy and hope. The joy came from the return to public Sunday Mass after a two-month absence. The hope was that this small step means that lives are closer to returning to normal in the… Read more »

Mary comes to life in cemetery mosaic

WINTER PARK  |  The words of the late Bishop Thomas Grady, “we honor Mary because God first honored her,” boast why the first diocesan cemetery is named after her.  Driving up to Queen of Angels Cemetery, visitors cannot miss the 10-foot by almost 11-foot mosaic of Mary surrounded by angels, greeting guests just beyond the… Read more »

Palm Beach’s bishop offers plan to reopen churches

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord: For us, as men and women of faith in the Diocese of Palm Beach, these days of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus have been very challenging and even painful in regard to our inability to have public access to our parishes and churches. As we slowly move… Read more »

Bishop reaches out to prisoners

VENICE  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane has stressed the importance of prison outreach since his 2006 appointment as Episcopal leader of the Diocese of Venice, making a point to celebrate Mass at many prisons and jails each year while also conferring the sacraments on numerous inmates. Therefore, it was distressing for Bishop Dewane to learn… Read more »

Bishop visits food distribution site

Bonita Springs  |  On a beautiful, early May Friday morning, the line of vehicles entering the parking lot of the Bonita Springs offices of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. was growing before the first bags of food were distributed.  Bishop Frank J. Dewane, in what is becoming a regular routine, visited this Catholic Charities… Read more »

Parish food pantry meets growing need

wauchula  |  Not long after sunrise May 16, 2020, volunteers at the St. Michael Parish Food Pantry in Wauchula started filling boxes with a variety of fresh, refrigerated and frozen food in preparation for a busy morning. Vehicles were lined up by 7 a.m., about 30 minutes before the scheduled opening and less than two… Read more »

Parishes work to ensure safety for all during Mass

VENICE  |  When Bishop Frank J. Dewane announced that May 18, 2020, would be the resumption of public Mass at churches in the Diocese of Venice, a deadline for Parishes to be ready was set. At the same time directives and guidelines for reopening were provided to the Parish. Planning sessions took place at Parishes… Read more »