Category: Florida Bishops

More than 1,500 attend Veterans Day Mass

SARASOTA  |  A crowd in excess of 1,500 participated in the seventh annual Veterans Day Mass at the Sarasota National Cemetery Nov. 11. Bishop Frank J. Dewane was joined by 24 priests of the Diocese for the celebration of Mass in Patriot Plaza. Deacons from across the Diocese also participated in the Mass. “The Mass… Read more »

Remembering saints and loved souls

ROYAL PALM BEACH  |  It has been only a few months since Leon George Decatrel, a parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Jupiter, lost his wife. On All Souls Day, Decatrel sat quietly in prayer as Mass began at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach. “I came to pray for… Read more »

Youths encouraged, are worthy of call

PUNTA GORDA  |  “Powerful!” “Awesome!” “The best!” “Inspiring!” “Perfect!” “Moving!” “Overwhelming!” “Emotional!” “Prayerful!” “Memorable!” These were just some of the comments from the approximately 1,900 young people who attended the 2016 Diocese of Venice Youth Rally Nov. 5, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The day was filled with spiritual… Read more »

Communities in the sister diocese celebrate with Bishop Noonan

ORLANDO  |  In the six villages that comprise the sister diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic, family has a wide definition. Parents, grandparents, children, neighbors, and friends all make up a large family, united by their faith and relying on one another in difficult living conditions. Missioners and visitors are… Read more »

Youth encouraged to open their hearts to a Vocation

Sarasota  |  Sixth graders from Catholic elementary schools across the Diocese of Venice are being challenged to recognize the presence of the Lord in themselves while also considering their vocation: possibly to religious life for the girls and the priesthood for the boys. The first of three Vocations Fairs was held Oct. 20 at Cardinal… Read more »

‘Grand people’ of Church

Diocese celebrates grandparents — the ‘backbone’ of family and faith life PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  Following closely after Pope Francis’ celebration of grandparents in Rome, diocesan leaders and a local grandparents association here brought families together in celebration of the grand people of the Church with the most significant and best job in the world…. Read more »

Parishioners send prayers, support to Haiti in wake of hurricane

ORLANDO  | As his own family was preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit Florida’s coast, Matthew, a sixth-grader from Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kissimmee, was troubled. “I just had a feeling inside of me that something was wrong. Then I checked the news and saw how Haiti was being devastated and was still recovering… Read more »

Local Church prepares to help hurricane victims

MIAMI  |  Like the rest of South Florida, the Miami Archdiocese was carefully watching the path of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that began pounding Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4 and hit Florida’s Atlantic coastal area late Oct. 6. Chief among the preparations was prayer. Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski asked all South Florida parishes… Read more »

Residents gather for peace, healing

FORT MYERS  |  “Knowledge, respect, encounter and dialogue” are the key ingredients if real progress is to be made in society and in local communities to end the cycle of extreme violence which has become so commonplace that we are becoming desensitized. Bishop Frank J. Dewane said these words during an ecumenical prayer service for… Read more »

Four men become images of mercy

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  Four men received the grace of the sacrament of holy orders and joined the diaconate here Sept. 10. Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito was main celebrant for the ordination at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola of Rodney Brimlow, David Licata, Michael Miller and Kenneth Vianale. It was a grand celebration, and… Read more »