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

We are all formed by God and we all are his covenant

The Scripture we hear proclaimed on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord announces our mandate. The words speak to us of servanthood in the context of Jesus’ baptism. He, the one who is baptized, is called beloved because he is the model servant. There is no question about our calling; there is no denial of the covenant for which Jesus came to fulfill. We are reminded that we are formed by God and we are his covenant — the bond of love for all the people.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

Pope Francis’ birthday cake

We have just entered the new year of 2019. A new year brings a great deal of hope for renewed outlook on life which includes resolutions we sometimes make. As we begin the year and undertake our resolutions, we may liken the occasion of the new year to that of a birthday. Pope Francis recently celebrated his 82nd birthday Dec. 17. He once said that birthdays are the occasion to “remember all that God has done for us,” emphasizing that “memory is an aspect of life,” and that it is “a great misfortune to lose the memory of all that God has done for us.”


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.