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

Abandon tomb of insecurity, we are children of God

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
Grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. We are within the season of Lent. During the second Sunday of Lent, we hear the wondrous proclamation, as Jesus and some of the apostles were praying, that Jesus is God’s chosen Son. We are to listen to him. There are many words which might strike you significantly when hearing this proclamation. The one that is most striking to me is the word, chosen.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

God speaks within us

We just sprang ahead by moving the clock forward one hour. While we have slowly been enjoying evenings of more daylight, the springing ahead one hour made the extra daylight even more obvious. In a certain sense we can say that, by our pushing the clock ahead, the longer days come about by two actions, nature’s and our own. Of course, our part in this change is not only minimal, but also artificial. Nature will continue to make the increasing daylight even more dramatic as spring officially begins on March 20.


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

Christmas Message of Bishop Dewane

Around the world Christians today celebrate the birth of Christ, our Messiah. This newborn is the Child Jesus – born in a humble manger and sent by God as His gift to us. Christ is the gift of hope, joy and love that comes to the world through our knowing and following Him.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


Catholic bishops reiterate plea for Governor Scott to spare the life of Jose Antonio Jimenez

Jose Antonio Jimenez is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of Phyllis Minas. Governor Scott initially signed Jimenez’ death warrant in July and scheduled his execution for August 14. However, the Florida Supreme Court issued a stay of execution to further review the case. The Supreme Court lifted the stay on October 4. In a December 7 letter to Governor Rick Scott on behalf of the bishops of Florida, Michael Sheedy, executive director, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked the governor a second time to commute Jimenez’ death sentence. “We appreciate your difficult task as governor and still must ask you to commute this death sentence, and all death sentences, to life without the possibility of parole,” said Sheedy.