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Archdiocesan news briefs for January 2022

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Catholic Charities praised for performance

The Council on Accreditation has reaccredited Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., with Jody Levison-Johnson, the council’s president and CEO, congratulating the agency for the “amazing achievement” of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards. Her letter explained that “COA’s program of quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have met high performance standards and have made a commitment to their stakeholders to deliver the very best quality services. COA is proud to recognize Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. as one of these outstanding providers.” Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO of Catholic Charities, said that “not receiving any out of compliance ratings and for our process to be expedited signifies we are doing great work under some very difficult circumstances.” For more information on the services offered by Catholic Charities, go to

Respect Life seeks office space

Respect Life’s North Dade Pregnancy Help Center is temporarily closed and in the process of relocating. According to Rebecca Brady, director of the Respect Life Ministry, the building where the North Dade Pregnancy Help Center operated was sold, and the new owner “drastically increased the rent beyond what we can afford.” In a letter to pastors of churches associated with the North Dade site, Brady wrote that “the phones have been rerouted and volunteers and clients are being directed to the South Broward and South Dade Pregnancy Help Center locations until we find a new home for the North Dade Pregnancy Help Center.” For more information go to  

Celebrate your marriage

All couples married in the Catholic Church and celebrating their first, 25th, 50th or 50 plus wedding anniversary in 2022 are invited to attend a Mass at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday, Feb. 12, and receive a blessing from Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Couples interested in having their picture taken with Archbishop Wenski should arrive by 4 p.m. Mass will start at 5:30 p.m. Participants will sit in a special designated area in the front pews. To register, visit or contact your parish. 

Need rental assistance in the Keys?

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is offering rental assistance for families in Monroe County — from Key West to Key Largo — who are relocating into a new home with a new lease. For applications, call 305-292-9790, 786-526-1954, or email [email protected].

MACCW hosts Scholarship Luncheon

The Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will host its annual Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 19, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1100 S.E. 17 St., Fort Lauderdale. The 2022 honoree for “making a difference in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Miami” will be Oscar Cedeño, principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale. Donation is $50/person, due by Feb. 5, or $55/person after Feb. 5 and all proceeds benefit the MACCW Scholarship Fund.

The MACCW Scholarship Fund was formed to help eighth grade girls attending Catholic elementary schools in the archdiocese to continue their education at a Catholic high school. Since its inception, over $316,000 has been awarded to 71 deserving young ladies. The four girls who received the award in 2021 are: from St. Theresa School, Antonella Rojo, who is attending Our Lady of Lourdes Academy; from St. Anthony School, Isabella Parra, who is attending Cardinal Gibbons High School; from St. John the Apostle School, Linnette Valle, who is attending Msgr. Edward Pace High School; and from St. Jerome School, Aolani Dominguez, who is attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

For information and tickets, contact Mary Weber or Suzanne (Kitten) Auer at: [email protected]; 305-469-3515 or [email protected]

Catholic Schools Week: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

The archdiocese’s 62 Catholic schools will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2022. Each school has planned a variety of spiritual and social activities to celebrate the vibrancy of Catholic education. This week is also the start of registration season for Catholic elementary schools. Anyone interested in a Catholic education, should start by visiting the School Finder on the archdiocesan website: