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

Love we share in our families, at work, in the Church, in the world will save us

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Pope Francis in his message for World Youth Day 2020 said, if “you have lost your vitality, your dreams, your enthusiasm, your optimism and your generosity,” there is still hope and that hope is “Jesus who stands before you.” Here we are standing with our Lord as he walks the streets of Jerusalem, for He has finally arrived. Are we rejoicing and offering our hosannas? Or have we already passed Him by and have lost our enthusiasm, optimism and generosity? Even if we are greeting Him with our hosannas now, will that joy quickly fade as we identify other needs or wants and look to blame?


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

Holy Week in silence, not isolation

We are about to enter Holy Week. Holy Week is the culmination of Lent, especially as we celebrate the Easter Triduum in which we enter into the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord in a most intimate manner. 

The celebration of Holy Week this year will be very different from any that we have ever experienced. Because of the threat of the coronavirus and the necessary precautions that must be taken to counter it and protect ourselves and others, we will not be able to be in church for Holy Week and especially the celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. While these celebrations will occur in the churches, celebrated by our priests, our inability to attend them will make Holy Week very different for all of us. 


Bishop Dewane

Diocese of Venice

What it means to be ‘A Disciple of Christ’

After receiving the blessings of the Christmas Season, celebrating the birth of Christ Our Lord, many return to their ordinary schedules of prayer, work or family obligations. So too, the Church enters a portion of Ordinary Time. Throughout Advent and Christmas, we placed the emphasis of our prayers and attention on welcoming Christ into our hearts and homes while ever awaiting His triumphant return with the Second Coming. Now in this Ordinary Time, we take Christ with us and go forth living what it means to be “A Disciple of Christ”. Call to mind the lives of Christ’s early Disciples, of the Saints who lived heroically, and even of those great examples of holiness in our own lives. How might we follow these examples in everyday life in order to be “A Disciple of Christ?”


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


Florida bishops praise passage of legislation requiring parental consent prior to a minor’s abortion

The bishops of Florida commend our state legislature for passing, with bipartisan support, legislation that ensures a parent provides consent before a minor can terminate her pregnancy.Parental consent is required prior to a minor’s medical treatment in most every instance, this includes simple medical interventions such as taking an aspirin or getting one’s ears pierced. This legislation is a common-sense measure that holds abortion to the same consent requirements as most every other medical decision involving a child.