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

God’s Kingdom renews the face of the earth

My Sisters and Brothers in Christ:Jesus offers us such a simple prayer to pray, rich with meaning and breadth of instruction. It is a prayer of relationship. It does not carry the word, “I.” Rather, Jesus teaches us to pray with “You” because we are in relationship with God and our prayer is a dialogue. We first thank God for all His goodness to us, by telling Him our greeting, hallowed be Your name. Jesus teaches us to pray with ‘You on our lips, because our prayer is always a dialogue: ‘blessed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done.’ We are invited to know God, not as a parent hovering over his helpless children, but from our own ability to give life to others. God is more caring than any of our earthly abilities. We turn to him in loving confidence.


Bishop Barbarito

Diocese of Palm Beach

Fraternity, charity, unity, patriotism

We just celebrated a very significant occasion in the life of our country and of the world in the 50th anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 Space Mission on the moon. When Buzz Aldrin took the first step upon the moon on July 20, 2069, the capacity of the human person to reach beyond the limits of this world was realized. Eugene Kranz was the director of the Apollo 11 mission and was present this year at the Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C. During his address, President Donald Trump remarked, “Exactly 50 years ago this month, the world watched in awe as Apollo 11 astronauts launched into space with a wake of fire and nerves of steel, and planted our great American flag on the face of the moon. We are thrilled to have here tonight the famous NASA flight director, who lead Mission Control during that historic endeavor – the renowned Gene Kranz.”


Bishop Dewane

Diocese of Venice

Bishop Dewane calls for action to address gun violence after mass shooting

In the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development called for American society to examine why such violent incidents continue to occur.”This shooting reminds us yet again that something is fundamentally broken in our society and culture when ordinary workplaces can become scenes of violence and contempt for human life,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said in a statement June 1.


Florida Conference
of Catholic Bishops


Statement on Passage of State-Level Immigration Enforcement (SB 168)

“Today’s passage of state-level immigration enforcement legislation is disheartening. There are many, including members of the Florida Legislature, who are frustrated that Congress has not enacted needed immigration reforms. However, immigration law is, and should remain, in the purview of the federal, not state, government.