Florida Bishops

The pastoral nature of the episcopacy inspires our three bishop publishers to use the Florida Catholic as a forum to shine a light on issues of importance to Catholic faith. Whether reflecting on the different liturgical seasons of the Church, delving into the inspirational lives of the saints, or highlighting the good deeds of the local church, Bishops John Noonan, Gerald M. Barbarito and Frank J. Dewane hope visitors will gain insight from the words offered in their columns.

Bishop Noonan

Diocese of Orlando

Don’t forget to focus on God

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Read carefully these words of Jesus as told in the Gospel of St. Matthew and pray about how they have meaning in your life. When Jesus prayed these words to us, there was great dissidence against him and John the Baptist…


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

There is need of only one thing

We truly are in the midst of the summer here in southern Florida. All of the winter visitors have gone home and many of our own residents have left for a vacation. Compared to the seasonal time of the year, there is a certain silence that falls upon southern Florida as the roads are less congested, schools are closed, restaurants and stores are less crowded and the heat of Florida’s summer days keeps many indoors. The silence of summer gives us the time for some rest as well as for prayer which is based on silence.


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

The Paris Agreement and global solidarity

President Donald Trump is taking time to listen to his advisers on whether the United States should honor the Paris Agreement on climate change. The administration has repeatedly delayed its decision and an announcement is expected after the meeting of G-7 leaders in Sicily. This delay may be a good thing.

On his way to Sicily, President Trump met with Pope Francis, exactly on the second anniversary of the promulgation of “Laudato Si'” May 24. While it is not known that the date of their meeting was deliberate, Pope Francis gave a copy of his ecological encyclical to the president, who said he would read it. One may still hope that the president will embrace and apply the message of “Laudato Si'” during his term in office.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


Urge Extension of TPS Designation for Haitians

Tallahassee | Over 58,000 Haitians are at risk of having their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TPS allows these individuals to temporarily remain in the United States and support themselves legally while Haiti is being rebuilt. Haiti is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October 2016 and is said to be the nation’s largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. Additionally, Haiti is plagued with a severe cholera epidemic and food shortages.