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Archdiocesan news briefs for March 2021

Outdoor concert at St. Thomas U.

St. Thomas University will host a fun evening of music and testimony on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 10, 6 to 10 p.m. This free outdoor concert, an Epic Night of Mercy, will be headlined by Miami-based EPIC the Band, who recently performed for Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Panama 2019.

EPIC will be joined by Catholic singer/songwriter Dana Catherine; theology teacher Nico Cabrera, a nationally known worship leader, songwriter, mentor and educator; Veronica (Vero) Macias, co-founder of Mercy Through Mary, a young adult outreach of the Mary and Mercy Center located in Ave Maria, Florida; Father Matthew Gomez, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Miami; and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The evening will conclude with adoration presided by St. Thomas University Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Father Rafael Capó, a Pontifical Missionary of Mercy by appointment of Pope Francis.

Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. Drive in style simulcast will be available for those who wish to listen, watch, and tailgate from their vehicles. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The concert will take place, rain or shine. St. Thomas University is located at 16401 N.W. 37 Ave., Miami. Gates will open at 5 p.m. First come, first-served seating and parking. COVID-19 protocols will be observed and enforced.

Mass and reflection for vocations

The Broward County Serra Club invites Broward County parishioners to a vocation Mass and reflection Saturday, April 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 731 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach. The Mass will be followed by a talk by Father Matthew Gomez, archdiocesan vocations director, followed by a question-and-answer session and remarks by Malcolm Meikle, president of the Broward Serra Club. The morning will conclude at noon with a box lunch to go for participants. Due to social distancing, reservations are required. Call or text Georgette Meikle at 954-946-2551.

Buy a brick, support the seminary

St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach will mark the Year of St. Joseph, declared by Pope Francis, while supporting its mission of educating future priests, by accepting donations to place a personalized brick around the St. Joseph statue on campus. The engraved brick is a way to honor someone or memorialize family and loved ones. Donation is $500. Find order form and information at www.svdp.edu/bricks

STU professor named to pontifical commission

Roza Pati, a law professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, has been named by Pope Francis to serve as a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The appointment is for five years. In addition to teaching at St. Thomas, Pati is executive director of the law school’s Intercultural Human Rights program, and founder and director of the Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy. From 2012 to 2017 she also served on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.

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