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Seven Miami priests named monsignors

Another elevated to highest rank of monsignor, a ninth awarded Rome's highest honor

Friday, January 25, 2013
Communications Department - Archdiocese of Miami
MIAMI… (January 25, 2013) Pope Benedict XVI has elevated seven archdiocesan priests to the rank of monsignor*, and one who is already a monsignor has been elevated to the highest rank of this honorary title: protonotary apostolic supernumerary. A ninth priest has been awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, the highest honor accorded by the Vatican.

The priests were informed of the honors during a meeting Jan. 25 with Archbishop Thomas Wenski. “These are very dedicated men, most of whom have devoted many years to the Church in South Florida. I am pleased that our Holy Father has recognized their hard work and devotion. I rejoice with them and the entire Church of Miami,” the archbishop said.

They will receive the insignia of their new rank at an investiture ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at St. Mary Cathedral. More information will be made available in the near future. Those honored are:

Msgr. Jude O'Doherty
Msgr. Jude O’Doherty
Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary

Born June 23, 1941 in Miltown Malbay-Co. Clare, Ireland, Msgr. O’Doherty was ordained June 12, 1965. He arrived in South Florida three months later and was named parochial vicar of Epiphany Church in Miami. He served as spiritual director of Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami, parochial vicar at St. Stephen Parish, Miramar, and St. Patrick, Miami Beach, until 1971, when he was named administrator of Immaculate Conception Church in Hialeah, where he would serve as pastor until 1982. Among his many assignments during his nearly 50 years in the archdiocese, Msgr. O’Doherty has served as member of the Commission on Christian Unity; member of the Seminary Admissions Board; member of the Priests’ Senate; chairman of Archdiocesan Parish Renewal; member of the Pastoral Advisory Allocation Committee; co-chairman of the Archdiocesan Board of Health and Welfare Plan; dean of the South Dade Deanery; member of the first archdiocesan Synod; archdiocesan coordinator for the visit of Pope John Paul II; member of the archdiocesan Permanent Diaconate Review Board; member of the board of directors of the Catholic Community Foundation; and chairman of the board of trustees of the archdiocesan Pension Plan. Since June 1982, he has served as pastor of Epiphany Church in Miami.

Msgr. Chanel Jeanty
Msgr. Chanel Jeanty
Prelate of Honor to His Holiness

Born Feb. 10, 1972 in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Father Jeanty was ordained for the Archdiocese of Miami May 15, 2004. He served as parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew until 2006, when he was sent to Rome, where he obtained his licentiate in canon law from the Gregorian University. When he returned in 2009, he was named parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima in Miami Shores and judge in the Metropolitan Tribunal. He became the archdiocese’s chancellor for canonical affairs in September 2010, appointed to the College of Consultors in November of that year, and named vicar general in June 2011. Concurrent with his responsibilities as chancellor, he also serves as member of the Vocations Board; associate judge, second instance, for the Tribunal of Newton, Mass.; and since October 2011, as pastor of St. Philip Neri in Miami Gardens.

Msgr. James Fetscher
Msgr. James Fetscher
Chaplain to His Holiness

Born Aug. 9, 1941 in Jamaica, N.Y., Father Fetscher grew up in Holy Family Parish in North Miami and was ordained May 25, 1968 for the Archdiocese of Miami. He served in the religious education department, as coordinator for the North Dade Deanery, from 1969 to 1971, and became founding director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship from 1978 to 1984. Concurrently, he served as parochial vicar at St. Mark in Boynton Beach, Visitation Church in North Miami, teacher at Msgr. Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, member of the faculty at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, parochial vicar at St. Lawrence Church in North Miami Beach and associate rector at St. Mary Cathedral in Miami. From 1976 to 1980 he served as parochial vicar at St. Louis Church in Pinecrest, where he would return as pastor in 1982. He remained at St. Louis until September 2010, when he was named to his current post as pastor of St. Sebastian in Fort Lauderdale. In addition, Father Fetscher has served as president of the Priests’ Senate, member of the first archdiocesan Synod, dean of the South Dade Deanery and member of the Presbyteral Council.

Msgr. Roberto Garza
Msgr. Roberto Garza
Chaplain to his Holiness

Father Garza was born Oct. 2, 1967 in Tulia, Texas and ordained May 11, 1996 for the Archdiocese of Miami. He served as parochial vicar at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West until 1998, when he was sent for higher studies in missiology in Rome. He returned in 2000 to serve as parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Church in Miami while also serving on the board of Catholic Charities, Catholic Hospice and Genesis (a Catholic Charities facility for homeless people dying of AIDS). In June 2003, he was named parochial vicar at San Isidro Church, Pompano Beach, assuming the position of administrator of the parish six months later. In January 2009, he was named fulltime director of vocations for the archdiocese, and in August 2010 he assumed his current post as rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami.

Msgr. Jose Luis Hernando
Msgr. José Luis Hernando
Chaplain to his Holiness

Born Feb. 23, 1939 in Villalba de Duero, Spain, Father Hernando was ordained June 24, 1962 for the Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain. Two years later, he came to South Florida as a missionary, as part of the Spanish bishops' organization, the Obra de Cooperación Sacerdotal Hispano Americana (OCSHA), and was appointed parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church, Homestead. Other parishes where he served as parochial vicar include: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (now Holy Rosary-St. Richard) in Cutler Bay; St. Philip Benizi in Belle Glade; St. Patrick, Miami Beach; St. Brendan, Miami; St. Monica, Miami Gardens; and Our Lady of the Lakes, Miami Lakes. He served as administrator of St. Ann Mission in Naranja from 1967 to 1969 and St. Benedict in Hialeah from 1977 to 1989. He joined the faculty at St. John Vianney Seminary in 1989 and in 1991 became director of the Permanent Diaconate Office. Throughout that time he also served as director of the Spanish-speaking Cursillo movement; assistant director of vocations; member of the Radio and TV Commission and the Committee on Popular Piety; on the board of admissions for seminary applicants; member of the first archdiocesan Synod; archbishop’s representative to the Priests’ Personnel Board; dean of the East Dade Deanery; and president of Pax Catholic Communications. In 1993, he assumed his current assignment as pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Key Biscayne.

Msgr. George Puthusseril
Msgr. George Puthusseril
Chaplain to His Holiness

Born Aug. 3, 1955 in Kothanalloor, India, Father Puthusseril was ordained Oct. 6, 1979 and ministered in his homeland before coming to South Florida in 1990. He served as parochial vicar at St. Anthony in Fort Lauderdale, St. Thomas the Apostle in Miami, St. Patrick on Miami Beach, and St. Timothy in Miami while also serving as judge and defender of the bond in the Metropolitan Tribunal since December 1991. He became administrator of St. Andrew Parish in Coral Springs in July 2002 and remained pastor there until July 2012, when he was named judicial vicar of the archdiocese. He also has served as a member of the Advisory Commission on Worship and Spiritual Life; chairman of the High Tech Advisory Committee and Archdiocesan Coordinator for Hi-Tech; member of the Priests’ Personnel Board; member of the pastors’ Committee for Budget and Assessments; and vicar forane for Northwest Broward. In addition to his duties as judicial vicar, he currently serves as temporary administrator at St. Agatha Church in Miami.

Msgr. Jose Juan Quijano
Msgr. José Juan Quijano
Chaplain to His Holiness

Born April 6, 1943 in Guantánamo, Cuba, Father Quijano was ordained Dec. 28, 1973 and ministered in the Archdiocese of Santiago de Cuba before coming to South Florida in 1988. Since then, he has served at St. John Bosco Church in Little Havana and Immaculate Conception in Hialeah, where he continues to help out on weekends. Sent for higher studies in Rome in 1988, he has taught at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach since 1990, with a brief two-year respite in 2000, when he returned to Rome for higher studies.

Msgr. Edmond Whyte
Msgr. Edmond Whyte
Chaplain to His Holiness

Born Jan. 29, 1938 in Lixnaw, Ireland, Father Whyte was ordained June 6, 1964 and came to South Florida that same year. Between 1964 and 1970 he served as parochial vicar at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Fort Lauderdale and St. Brendan in Miami. In 1970 he was named pastor of St. Justin Martyr in Key Largo, and in 1974 he became pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes in Miami Lakes. In January 1996 he took on his current assignment as pastor of St. Mark in Southwest Ranches, with accompanying responsibilities as founding supervising principal of Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School (until 2004). Since 1984, he also serves as a member of the archdiocesan Building Commission.

Jesuit Father Eduardo M. Barrios
Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross

Born July 11, 1943 in Bayamo, Cuba, Father Barrios was ordained June 24, 1972 for the Jesuit Province of the Antilles. He began his service in the Archdiocese of Miami as a member of the faculty at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in January 1998 and taught there until September 2006 when he was named parochial vicar at Gesu Church in downtown Miami. He returned to Belen from July 2008 to August 2012, when he again became parochial vicar at Gesu.

What is a monsignor?
Monsignor is a title of distinction bestowed by the pope to diocesan priests. There are three grades of monsignors: protonotary apostolic, prelate of honor to His Holiness, and chaplain to His Holiness. The term “protonotary apostolic” refers to the protonotaries, or notaries, at the Vatican. Traditionally, seven monsignors hold this title in the papal chancery, although their work involves much more than notarizing documents. Monsignors of the highest rank outside the Vatican are called protonotary apostolic supernumerary, which means “above the number” of seven.

Comments from readers

As always, thank you for being a priest, our beloved pastor, Monsignor Jim Fetscher. We will never forget all the blessings we shared from your teachings and pastoral care while we belonged to Saint Louis King of France Parish in Miami, Florida. May the resurrected Jesus we know because of you, keep you faithful and blessed.
JUDY FISHER - 1/31/2013 9:22 AM
We are honored and blessed to have Monsignor James Fetscheer as our Pastor. He certainly deserves the honor. We continue to love and appreciate him!
JORGE & SONIA DIEZ DE ONATE - 1/30/2013 8:43 PM
Querido Padre Hernando, muchas felicidades por su nuevo nombramiento muy bien merecido siempre lo recordamos con mucho cariño.
JOSEPHINE GILBERT - 1/30/2013 6:15 PM
Congratulations on behalf of the Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women to all our honored priests. I have had the privilege of dealing with some of you fathers and now monsignors. It is a well deserved honor. You will continue to be in our prayers as you continue your good works. May God bless all our clergies in ADOM. Thank you for saying Yes to the Lord.
EILEEN & ED CARRAGEE - 1/30/2013 5:36 PM
Msgr. George Puthessuril:
Congratulations on your step in your journey with Christ. We were so blessed to have you with you and look forward to see you soon. All our prayers are with you.
LOURDES DEL-CALVO - 1/30/2013 5:02 PM
CONGRATULATION AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Monsignor Whyte, I wish you all of God's Blessing and that Our Blessed Mother be always at your side, THANK YOU LORD for answering our prayers! Now we continue to pray for the Tabernacle in the Center, Lord hear our prayers.

Fr. Whyte you have worked so hard building parishes, including ours, with a life of PRAYERS, SERVICE and SACRIFICES, the Lord has honor you now, and we thank Him for giving us you.

HAVE A BLESSED AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and many more years of continue Service and Devotion to our Lord.
MIGUEL GARCIA PEREZ - 1/30/2013 4:36 PM
Un fuerte abrazo por el gran premio a tu esfuerzo y tu trabajo. Rezamos para que Dios y la Virgen te sigan bendiciendo.
ANDRES PALOMO - 1/30/2013 4:00 PM
Juanito felicidades un abrazo y que Dios te bendiga!!
Our best wishes to all of these wonderful priests! Some of them have touched our lives one way or another and we are grateful for the impact they have had on us personally and in the community.
To Monsignor Jude O'Doherty, a special congratulations is in order. For 25 consecutive years we had children at Epiphany School until recently and we feel blessed to have had him as our our pastor. We feel blessed as a family and as a community to have him be our spiritual leader. Keep up the wonderful work you do. We need you!
MARTA SANTORO - 1/30/2013 9:54 AM
CONGRATULATIONS Msgr Edmond Whyte for a well deserved honor!!
Because of your dedication, guidance and strong leadership we have been blessed with a beautiful church and school. May the Lord continue His work through your new appointed rank, in good health for many many years and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
YANELA PIRIZ - 1/30/2013 5:27 AM
Muchas felicidades Juanito por este merecido nombramiento orgullo de nuestro terruño guantanamero sabes que todos te queremos, un fuerte abrazo desde Roma
ANGEL & MARGIE GALLINAL - 1/29/2013 10:11 PM
Congratulations to all the priests, but especially to Monsignor Jude O'Doherty, a true leader and an inspiration to his entire flock!!! May God Bless You always.
Congratulations Padre Hernando! I have great memories of your hard work and dedication in St Brendan's, with Cusillos de Cristiandad and in listening to Huellas y Caminos. My parents and grandparents always admired you very much as do I. Thank you for the example of Jesus' great love you have always demonstrated.
CARLOTA E. MORALES, ED. D. - 1/29/2013 5:56 PM
Congratulations to all!
With deep gratitude and respect for all of you, I extend my most sincere appreciation for the work that you have done, do and will continue to do for the years to come. You have touched very positively the life of many and have led us to a much brighter tomorrow. Your example and love for the Lord have made our society a much better place.
May the Lord continue to bless your ministry as your ministry blesses us.
Carlota E. Morales, Ed. D. and the community of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School
ENISE DEL RIEGO - 1/29/2013 2:15 PM
Congratulations Monsignor Puthusseril,
Your quiet care is a welcomed presence in our community of St. Agatha - thank you. May the LORD continue to bless your priestly ministry. -enise
MARLENE EDOUARD - 1/29/2013 1:00 PM
MIRIAM E. NORTHLAND - 1/29/2013 12:49 AM
We are very proud of our Pastor Msgr. Jude O'Doherty for this well deserved honor. We have been blessed with his presence and guidance for many years and this recognition truly
fills us with great joy. Congratulations !!!
YRELA TRUEBA - 1/28/2013 6:31 PM
Querido Msgr. J. L. Hernando.gracias por su dedicacion al pueblo de Dios todos estos anos aqui en el Sur de la Florida. Usted no se acuerda de mi , pero yo lo admiro mucho .Usted fue a mi Cursillo #44 en el ano 1971 con el Padrecito Roman. Me acuerdo tanto de mi cursillo pues alli tambien conoci a Adita Espinosa, Totica Guerra, Maggie G. Diaz, tanta gente buena. Dios lo siga bendiciendo y La Virgencita Maria lo cubra con Su manto.Mi esposo y yo oramos todos los dias por usted y todos los sacerdotes. Con afecto sus hermanos en Cristo Jesus, Yrela y Willie Trueba
OSMUNDO SANCHEZ JR - 1/28/2013 4:35 PM
Congratulations are in order for such recognition Monsignor O'Doherty since I have seen his dedication from the time my daughters studied at Inmaculate Concepcion School in Hialeah and recently some of my grandchildren are going to Our Lady of Lourdes and others to Ephiphany School where he is presently doing, once again a tremendous Pastoral work. Gracias Monsenor por su dedicacion y por ser un gran Guia Espiritual para varias generaciones. Mis hijas fueron Violeta, Teresita y Laura Sanchez en Hialeah. Ahora mis nietos son Victoria Bianchi todavia en OLLA y Alexandra & Gabriel Rivera en Ephiphany.
Minin y Osmundo Sanchez, Jr.
We very proudly congratulate Msgr. O'Doherty for his accomplishments in our community as well as our parish. He has always been there for us in time of need and in times of joy. Both our kids have been through all 11 years at Epiphany and value the spirituality, sense of family and community he has shown to our children throughout those years. Many Thanks, Gladys & Juan.
Msgr. Jose Luis Hernando

Felicidades por su nombramiento. Algo bien merecido por tu Fe y dedicacion en "los Caminos de Dios". Te damos gracias por tu guia espiritual, te damos gracias por tu dedicacion al Senor y mas que nada te damos gracias por tu amistad tan sincera por los ultimos 36 anos. Que Dios te Bendiga siempre
Knowing Msgr. O'Doherty for the last decade, we have been blessed by his candid favors he has had with our family. Because of him, and his direct intervention, we have accomplished many complicated tasks in these past years. We really hope to keep having his presence among us for many decades to come. Thanks for your actions, thanks for your spiritual lead and role.
Yours friends,
We pray to The Lord and thanks Him for the spiritual guidance that Monsignor Edmond Whyte has provided to our family and our community. After all, Jesus only had a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, but in His hands God multiplied it, and it became a huge feast for the crowd. Thank you, Monsignor and congratulations. Happy Birthday!
ALEIDA GUTIERREZ - 1/27/2013 3:12 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this important recognition. Special congratulations to my pastor, Monsignor O'Dougherty, well deserved! God bless you all.
LIZ AND CHRISTY O'CONNOR - 1/27/2013 2:08 PM
Monsignor Eamonn Whyte

We wish to congratulate you on your wonderful achievement which you truly deserve.Happy Birthday and best wishes for the future from all The O'Connor Family.
Congratulations Uncle Eamonn on your new post, you deserve it!! Lots of love Brian, Margaret and Mia xxx
Congratulations Msgr. Eamonn on your well deserved appointment. We are so proud of you. Best wishes from all the family.
JOSE L. ACOSTA - 1/26/2013 8:45 PM
Rev. Msgr. George Puthusseril:

By this way my family and I would like to congratulate you for being elevated to the rank of monsignor. May the peace of our Lord be always with you. May you continue building the city of God at St. Agatha Church and School. I hope you serve as an inspiration to our children in continue walking through the path of faith, hope, and charity.

Respectfully yours,

Jose L. Acosta
PATRICIA FAIRFIELD - 1/26/2013 6:07 PM
Msgr. Chanel,

I am delighted to see you honored. You have stood out since I first met you at St. Rose of Lima for your humility and simplicity . May you continue to give God the Glory. You are a blessing!
PATRICIA FAIRFIELD - 1/26/2013 6:02 PM
Msgr. Garza,

Did I not tell you this would come your way when I spoke with you about 1-2 years ago? Congratulations, my friend. My prayers will be continued for you and all of your brother priests.
INGRID AND GEORGE LYALL - 1/26/2013 12:15 PM
Congratulations to all these fine priests and the tremendous recognition which they have obtained.

Of particular interest for all the parishoners of Epiphany Church is the most merited recognition of the highest order for Monsignor Jude O'Doherty, He has inspired all of us with his leadership and his holiness. Congratulations, Monsignor, and may you continue your inspired leadership at Epiphany for many years to come.
Congratulations, Msgr. Fetscher on this great honor. I have wonderful memories growing up in St. Louis parish through New Life, my wedding (the 1st after Hurricane Andrew) and the baptism of my children. God Bless You.

Congratulations, Msgr. O'Doherty. It has been wonderful being a part of the Epiphany Parish as an adult and watching as my daughter learned and grew attending school there. God Bless You.
ALEJANDRO ESCOBAR - 1/26/2013 5:02 AM
Monsignor Garza, on behalf of myself and my family, I want to congratulate you on such a prestigious honor and accomplishment. Since before you entered the Seminary, I knew that one day this day would come. May God continue his work through your priesthood and thank you for being a true friend all this years.
We love you, Alejandro, Adriana, Diego and Amalia.
FRANK & EMILIA DIAZ - 1/26/2013 4:05 AM
Felicidades!!! Que el Señor los guie siempre por el camino de la santidad.
Congrats to ALL and THANK YOU for being an instrument of the Lord and taking that brave bold decision in accepting His call for a life of service.Thank you for bringing His message to us,and for touching the lives of many.A special thanks to Mons.WHYTE .Thank you for your dedication of not only your pastoral duties but also of giving us our beautiful parish of St Mark the Evangelist in Southwest Ranches and our schools.Also HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
GERMAN J. MIRET - 1/25/2013 11:42 PM
Congratulations to all, specially Mons. O'Doherty, my Pastor at Immacualate Conception in the 70's, with whom I have a 40 years old debt of gratitude; Mons. Hernando and Mons. Quijano, por quienes siento un gran aprecio.
May the Lord bless and always guide all of them.
German J. Miret
INGIRD AND GEORGE LYALL - 1/25/2013 11:27 PM
Congratulations to our pastor Monsignor Jude O'Doherty who is the pride and joy of our Epiphany Parish. We feel privileged that our Lord put you in our path to guide us. Thank you Lord and thank you Monsignor O'Doherty. May our Lord always be with you and guide you.
Ingrid and George Lyall
EMILIO I BUSTILLO - 1/25/2013 11:27 PM
Muchas felicidades a todos y en particular a "Juanito", orgullo de todo Guantanamero.
Muchas felicidades a todos y en particular a "Juanito", orgullo de todo Guantanamero.
LEO & DORA HASKINS - 1/25/2013 7:33 PM
Congratulation Monsignor Jude O'Doherty. Leo and I are so very proud of you. Most of all we thank Almighty God for having given us the time that we spent with you at Epiphany. Our prayers are always with you.
SISTER ROSE L. HARLAN - 1/25/2013 7:19 PM
Congratulations to all who have received this great honor in our church. Monsignor Jude O'Doherty I am so happy to have been part of your parish for six years. You are always a wonderful example of a true Christian. May God be with all of you as you continue to serve the Church.

Congratulations to all seven priests who have said YES to the Lord, Jesus Christ in an extraordinary way and Pope Benedict XVI has recognized.
I am specially very proud of my pastor, Monsignor Jude O'Doherty, Pastor of Epiphany Catholic Church, my most sincere CONGRATULATIONS to Monsignor Jude.
All Honor and Glory to God!
LUIS NIEVES - 1/25/2013 3:43 PM
RICARDO E ISABEL TROIA - 1/25/2013 1:11 PM
Estamos felices por los nombramientos!!! Felicidades Monseñores!!!
ANNIE GARDNER - 1/25/2013 11:54 AM
A well-deserved recognition of good and holy men who serve the people of God in South Florida faithfully and selflessly. May the Lord bless them and us with their presence, wisdom and holiness for many more years!
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