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

Immediately reweave the bonds that break within the family

Recently, the bishops spoke against President Trump’s action to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and urged Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. The bishops pledged our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protecting these vulnerable youths. It is because of our belief in the preservation of family that we voice our dismay in President Trump’s action.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

The deacon’s charism of service

We had a beautiful celebration which turned out to be a true dress rehearsal. The celebration reflected the goodness of our new deacons and the call to service they so readily took up. Their families also emphasized the priority of marriage and family life which is an essential part of the deacon’s ministry. We give thanks to God for all of our deacons and for the four new ones who join their brothers in the order of service. We give thanks to God for the passing of Irma and, despite the great inconvenience, the safety we enjoyed.


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

Bishop out front speaking against racism

“We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love’s victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression.”


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


Gov. Scott sets October execution of death row inmate

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday scheduled an Oct. 5 execution for Cary Michael Lambrix, a Death Row inmate convicted of killing Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore in 1983 after escaping from a work-release program. Scott ordered Lambrix to be put to death last year, but the Florida Supreme Court put the executions of Lambrix and Mark James Asay on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the state’s death-penalty sentencing system.