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New Miami Archbishop Wenski!

April 20, 2010 2 comments

Today was announced that Miami Archbishop Favalora is retiring and the new bishop will be Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski starting on June 1, 2010.  WOW! I’ve been praying for Bishop Wenski for years, with hopes that he would return back to his “home” diocese of Miami.  He was an auxiliary bishop here for years before becoming bishop of Orlando in 2004.  I don’t think they could have found a better candidate.  He has always been a strong advocate for the Haitian community.  He’s fluent in Creole, Spanish, English and (of couse) Polish (my background as well).  He will be welcomed with open arms by everyone, I’m sure!

I suspect we will see some changes with new Miami Archbishop Wenski, but not right away.  From discussion from my fellow seminarian friends from Orlando, I get the impression that Bishop Wenski is a very dynamic bishop that challenges and demands a lot from his priests.  Our diocese has challenges, just as all do, so I hope the transition is well received and fruitful without the need to totally “new wine skins.”

“When I was in Orlando, I used to tell the priests that I would not ask them to work harder than I did. To the priests of Miami, I say the same. And priests do work hard – and our people do appreciate that; and, they have every right to expect that: not that we burn ourselves out but that we burn ourselves up with love for them and for the Lord.” — Archbishop Designate Thomas Wenski

Thank you Archbishop Favalora for your loving Fatherhood to us all and welcome home Archbishop Wenski!

God bless & stay holy!

Today’s statement from Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora
Today’s statement from new Miami Archbishop Designate Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Designate Thomas Wenski history (Curriculum Vitae)
Coat of arms for Orlando Bishop Wenski

In this season of Confirmations, here is a great homily by Bishop Wenski at a Confirmation Mass.

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Virtus training re-cert.

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Tonight I was at Pace High School for re-certification training of my Virtus Facilitator status. I was trained back in 2003 when the Virtus (Protecting God’s Children) Program was begun here in the Archdiocese of Miami. There have been some changes since and I haven’t facilitated a class in years. This training session is tonight and all day tomorrow.

Miami Auxiliary Bishop Noonan was present and gave a great introduction about the programs history, importance and full support. The main training was led by Dr Paul Ashton.

Miami Catechetical Morning 2009

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Today was the annual Archdiocese of Miami Catechetical Morning 2009 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education.  It drew about 400 catechists from all over the diocese to celebrate our essential ministry as catechist of the Catholic faith.

The morning began with morning prayer and some words of thanks and encouragement from Archbishop Favalora.

The keynote speaker was also encouraging as well as enteraining.  Sister Carol Cimino, a Sister of St. Joseph of Rochester and consultant for the William H. Sadlier publishing company.  Her talk was titled, “I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did.”

At lunchtime, we could browse the various displays of resources from various Catholic companies.  Respect Life was well represented as well with lots of resources for all ages.  I especially like the poster of “The Facts of Life” and the hand-held figurines of a 3 month old in the womb.

Lunch was tasty and affordable for those that chose to stay on campus.  A footlong hotdog or ham n turkey sandwich with chips or “cookie” and drink for about $5-6.  During lunch, I also had a close encounter with a butterfly.

After lunch, the second speaker was Sue DeFerrari, retreat director of the Morningstar Renewal Center retreat house in Miami.

There’s a good article on the Florida Catholic website about the event as well.

special effects left 4 God

EASTER VIGIL @ Cathedral 8pm — a beautiful and event-filled Mass with lots of pictures (’cause it’s the last time I’ll be serving at it).

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090411_easter-vigil-11-bellsSometime during the second reading, the power went out and we had to adjust rather quickly.  It was decided to cut out the “bells” (my job) during the singing of the Gloria because it may drown out the singing if the microphones and organ have no power.  Aside, Javier predicted the power would come back when I ran the bells.  I laughed it off until the power actually DID come back during the singing of the Gloria … so … the lights would have come back during the ringing of the bells!  … A wise seminarian reflected on the event after Mass and concluded it was a sign to remind us that “God is in charge of the special effects.”  — Amen!   🙂

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Beautiful Mass.  The Lord has Risen, Halleluia!

[Note: the last picture fulfills Ryan’s prophecy: “Don’t let Chris take your picture, or it will end up on his blog.”  — to complete an evening of fulfilled prophecies … 🙂 ]

Miami Jubilee Vespers + Primum Regnum Dei

September 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Tonight, at 4:30pm, the Miami Seminarians were at St Mary’s Cathedral in Little Haiti for Vespers (evening prayer) and a special recognition awards service started by Bishop Carroll called Primum Regnum Dei.

    

Miami Priest Convocation

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Today is the last day of the Miami Archdiocesen Priest Convocation (every 2 years) held at the Hyatt Regency in Weston, FL.  The theme coincided with Pope Benedict’s emphasis on the Writing of St Paul this year. 

I served morning Mass & prayer with 3 brother seminarians.  It was a great experience to see so many priests together in fellowship.  The most powerful moment was the prayer of concecration said by the whole room as we celebrated the Lord’s Supper.  I wish I could have taken a picture.  — I’m blessed to have been chosen to be present and serve.

compline + Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pre-T Compline with Our Lady of Guadalupe @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLIn this Jubilee Year of the Archdiocese of Miami, there are 2 paintings of Our Lady of Guadalupe traveling throughout the diocese spend a week in each.  This week, St John Vianney College Seminary has one.

Pre-T Compline with Our Lady of Guadalupe @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLAs a group, the Pre-Theology seminarians had our regular Thursday night Compline (Night Prayer) before Our Lady.  We also did a rosary with the Luminous Mysteries (as the lights of the Chapel got brighter).  — brotherhood in prayer before Our Lady … 🙂