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

To give to the Lord is a profound blessing

Grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Jesus talks about the rich and the poor in the Gospel of St. Mark. But the rich and the poor of whom he speaks are not the typical ideals. The rich person is characterized by the poor widow and the poor person is characterized by the rich who give of his/her excess. The widow is fragile, someone who has lost a sure, reliable life partner. The widow is vulnerable. Yet, the widow is also faith-filled and her stewardship of all that God has given her is realized within her two small coins. She has given of her entire being for the glory of the Lord.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

A month of remembrance and thanksgiving

We are already into the month of November. While we do not have the changing of foliage nor the cooler days in our weather, we know that November is here as the daylight hours continue to become shorter. Even though many had anticipated that we would remain on daylight savings time, approval by Congress was not given and so we just turned our clocks one hour back. We also know that November is upon us as so many of the winter residents have returned to Florida and we offer a warm greeting to them. Many of them will not miss the cooler weather they are leaving and may appreciate more the clocks being in sync with their homes in the north.


Bishop Dwane

Diocese of Venice

A letter to the Faithful from Bishop Dewane

Allow me to express my pastoral concern for you, the Faithful of the Diocese, during these troubling times for our Church. Please be assured that the Diocese of Venice is steadfast in its commitment to protect minors. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced an investigation into how the seven Dioceses of Florida have handled allegations of past sexual abuse of minors. Similar inquiries are going on in States around the country. The Diocese of Venice welcomes the State’s inquiry and will cooperate with investigators. This investigation is an opportunity to further promote the goal of protecting children. It is hoped that these efforts foster a response combatting the scourge of sexual abuse, particularly of minors, throughout our entire society.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project

When it comes to marking our ballots, reconciling politics with the values of the Gospel and the tenets of our Catholic faith can be difficult. If we take the time to become familiar with the candidates’ positions on key issues, we are better prepared to address this challenge.