Category: Palm Beach

Father Gerald Grace: a ‘man of grace … priest forever’

HIGHLAND BEACH | The pews at St. Lucy Church were filled with priests, seminarians, deacons, religious and laypeople, and two bishops — Bishop Gerald Barbarito, and Bishop John Noonan of Orlando — who stood at the altar concelebrating the funeral Mass of Father Gerald Grace, a priest both bishops admired, loved and praised. “We all… Read more »

Small parish is a miracle of Mary

PAHOKEE | Catholics annually make religious journeys to various holy places where apparitions and other miracles have taken place or where a saint lived or died. But pilgrims are also visiting a special place here in the diocese to pray and go to Mass, with lovely, peaceful grounds where faithful say miracles continue to take… Read more »

Council kicks off new year in the light of Christ

WEST PALM BEACH | The Council of Catholic Women is kicking off a new year with an array of activities, programs and initiatives. At the top of the agenda is a two-day leadership symposium next month, and the organizers are excited. “We had a great turnout last year, and it is my hope and prayer… Read more »

Two men to be ordained permanent deacons

PALM BEACH GARDENS | The long journey of discernment, study, formation and sacrifice will reach a new milestone for two men here in the diocese when they are ordained deacons Sept. 8, 11 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola. During a Mass with ceremonies, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito will call candidates David Zanotelli… Read more »

Patroness honored in very special way

WEST PALM BEACH | The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is marked throughout the Diocese of Palm Beach, but the feast is observed with special touches at Holy Name of Jesus, a Carmelite parish, and this year was no exception. There was a special Mass at the parish July 16, and Bishop Gerald… Read more »

Ministers bring word of God to the deaf

LANTANA | Sister Dorothy Mary Mangan has delivered the good news of the Lord to young and old alike and helped bring dozens of people closer to God over the decades. And she has done so without speaking a word. The 79-year-old religious sister is a volunteer minister to the deaf who is celebrating 18… Read more »

Teacher helps children with learning disabilities find success

FORT PIERCE | Merry Pat Dillman believes God had something to do with linking her to St. Anastasia School in Fort Pierce, her school family for nearly three decades now. The fourth-grade teacher vividly recalled that day 28 years ago when she talked to Vickie Guettler, then principal of the school, and posed the question,… Read more »

Program gives hand up to farmworker youths

BOYNTON BEACH | Miguelina Aguirre never went higher than middle school in her native Mexico. “My dad didn’t let me go to high school. He said, ‘Boys can go to school, but girls stay home,’” she said. Since coming to South Florida, however, Aguirre has earned a graduate equivalency degree and attended college, as has… Read more »

Youths kept spiritually nourished

FORT PIERCE | Nahum Registre, un-baptized and without a church affiliation, was welcomed with open arms over the years when he was interested in joining Catholic youngsters participating in the Notre Dame summer camp program. But this year, he is taking part in the program with a greater tie to the Catholic camp kids and… Read more »

Week highlights natural family planning, 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

PALM BEACH GARDENS | Cindy Fulmer is celebrating 15 years of marriage and reflecting back on the journey with good times, challenges and surprises. And she credits the planning of her big family “the natural way” as one of the best things that happened to her as she continues to walk the path of life… Read more »