Category: Florida

Archbishop’s legacy literally is foundation of Florida churches

ST. AUGUSTINE | He was a man who foresaw future high schools, universities and seminaries as he purchased plots of land throughout the Sunshine State. “Thanks to Archbishop (Joseph P.) Hurley, the land was there, diocesan organizations and structures, the priests were there,” said Miami’s Archbishop Thomas Wenski And the rest, as they say, is… Read more »

It’s Florida Catholic Subscription time: ‘We’re more than just a newspaper!’

ORLANDO | As the annual subscription campaign for the Florida Catholic kicks off, the associate publisher of the 78-year-old publication hopes readers and potential readers understand the service the paper provides. “When the Florida Catholic newspaper first published on Dec. 1, 1939, it was just that — a newspaper,” said Ann Borowski-Slade, a Florida Catholic… Read more »

Is enough being done to abolish capital punishment?

Question pertinent as pope states death penalty is always wrong ORLANDO | The drive to Starke in north Florida is indeed stark. Joe Koechler knows that drive all too well, and remembers the first time he sat in a bus traveling down a long, sparse stretch of road toward Florida State Prison. “You say, ‘Oh… Read more »

Priest recalls visionary leader of Catholic Church

Msgr. David Page is not shy to speak about his admiration of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley, who served as sixth bishop of St. Augustine from 1940 to his death in 1967. The Irish-born priest, who is pastor emeritus of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic, describes his mentor, archbishop and friend as a visionary,… Read more »

‘Our strength as humanity came out of blackness’

MIAMI | Speakers challenged participants of the National Black Catholic Men’s Conference to “silence the mind” amidst recent violence and racial strife and find soul food for life in Christ. They exhorted the 320 men and 20 young people to boldly go forth in their communities to reach African-Americans in psychological and spiritual conflict —… Read more »

Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishop of Miami

WASHINGTON | Pope Francis has appointed Father Enrique Delgado as a new auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Miami. Father Delgado is a priest of the archdiocese and currently serves as pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Weston. The appointment was publicized in Washington Oct. 12 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the… Read more »

Bishop Felipe Estévez Responds to Guilty Plea by Steven James Murray

Steven James Murray, indicted by a Burke County, Georgia Grand Jury for the April 2016 murder of Father Rene Robert,  has agreed to plead guilty to his crime for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18 in Waynesboro, Georgia. “I am pleased an… Read more »

Pope names Florida priest auxiliary bishop for Orange, California

WASHINGTON | Pope Francis has appointed Father Thanh Thai Nguyen, a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, to be an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Orange, California. The appointment was announced in Washington Oct. 6 by Msgr. Walter Erbi, charge d’affaires at the Vatican’s nunciature in Washington. Born in Vietnam, Bishop-designate Nguyen,… Read more »

Florida Keys faces cleanup, long-term housing challenge after Irma

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. | It’s an unsettling view from the Overseas Highway glancing toward St. Peter the Fisherman Church, where Hurricane Irma’s formidable storm surge washed over this landmark Keys church, leaving the stench of sea muck and ruin. A lone statue of Our Lady sits in the rear of the property between a… Read more »

‘For the Least of Them’ theme of annual Respect Life conference

ORLANDO | While the respect life umbrella covers many different issues, Joan Crown doesn’t mince words when asked about the singular focus of this year’s state Respect Life Conference. “We started talking about the focus being on the unborn child over a year ago,” said Crown, the archdiocesan director of Respect Life Ministry, said. “We… Read more »