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Feature News | Monday, February 19, 2024

Archdiocesan news briefs for February 2024

Theology on Tap returns

MIAMI | The archdiocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is bringing back Theology on Tap, a "faith-centered night" for young adults 21 and older. The next Theology on Tap is set for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 7 p.m., at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, 12100 Pines Blvd., Suite C-1, Pembroke Pines.

The discussion theme is "Springing Forth: Transforming Through Lent," led by Catholic speaker and educator Bridget Hanafin. Admission is $5/person, and consumption at the event is at the participant's own expense. For more information, email [email protected]. To register, go to

Gabriel Project helps mothers, the unborn in Lower Keys

KEY WEST | In response to a community need, the Basilica Parish of Saint Mary Star of the Sea launched the Gabriel Project to serve mothers, unborn and newborn children in the Florida Keys.

The mission of the Gabriel Project of the Lower Florida Keys, launched in 2018, is to offer support to pregnant mothers and their infants by providing for their spiritual, emotional and material needs. This mission is accomplished through the work of compassionate and selfless volunteers, who assist through mentorship, prayer and the distribution of gifts.

“Our objective is to see that every mother and child who seeks assistance is provided the opportunity to experience authentic care through compassionate and necessary support,” said a press release issued by the parish.

The Gabriel Project provides services that range from counseling, transportation to medical appointments, subsidies for medical care and all basic maternal and infant material needs.

Over the last three years, because of the generous support of parishioners and local donors, the Gabriel Project has provided over $70,000 in direct assistance to mothers and children in need.

The Gabriel Project is the primary funder for the New Keys to Hope Program at the Lower Keys Medical Center. This program provides care and counseling for mothers who experience miscarriage or have a child who is stillborn.

Robert Wright, president of the Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, is director of the Gabriel Project. He served on a coalition with Healthy Start and a number of other community organizations that obtained a $600,000 grant from the South Florida Health organization to expand prenatal services in the Lower Keys.

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