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Feature News | Monday, May 22, 2023

Archdiocesan news briefs for May 2023

Cemeteries host Memorial Day Masses

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Miami are offering two Masses to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate the Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 S. State Road 7, North Lauderdale. Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Delgado will celebrate the Mass at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 11411 N.W. 25 St., Miami.


Eucharistic retreat set for June 10

The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary invite the community to “I Will Always Be With You,” a eucharistic retreat in preparation for the solemnity of Corpus Christi. The retreat will take place June 10, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the gym of St. Brendan High School, 2950 S.W. 87 Ave., Miami. Donation is $25. Visit: to register.

Editor's note: The date for this event is incorrect in the May print edition of the Florida Catholic. June 10, a Saturday, is the correct date.


Priest not authorized by archdiocese

The Office of the Chancellor wants local Catholics to know that “Father" Andres Tirado does not have faculties in the Archdiocese of Miami and it is unknown whether he is a validly ordained priest. He is not authorized by the Catholic Church to perform sacraments, exorcisms or paid ministries. His ministry is neither recognized nor recommended by the Archdiocese of Miami.


Great Vigil set for June 16

The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary will host their annual Great Vigil at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 11691 N.W. 25 St., Doral. The vigil will begin Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m. with Archbishop Thomas Wenski celebrating Mass on the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart. The Mass will be offered for the sanctification of priests. The vigil will conclude with Mass at 1 a.m. Saturday, June 17, on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Vincentians gathering in Miami

Miami’s Vincentian family is inviting the local and international community to the first International Vincentian Encounter, “Walking together with Mary and St. Vincent,” to be held June 30 to July 2 at the Centro de Espiritualidad Ignaciana (Ignatian Spirituality Center), 12190 S.W. 56 St., Miami.

The Encounter will be offered in English and Spanish, with speakers including Vincentian Fathers Guillermo Campusano and Fabián Barrera, Sister Fanny Amanda Mora, of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and Lily De León, of the Association of the Immaculate Conception, Miami. The encounter will bring together all the branches of the Vincentian family, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Association of the Miraculous Medal, Vincentian volunteers and MinuKids (Vincentian children who evangelize online).

Non-Vincentians also are invited to get to know the works and spirituality behind the Vincentians’ 400-year history of serving the poor – including 100 years in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Tickets can be purchased at For more information, call the Ladies of Charity/Casa Maria del Caminante, at 786-614-5968 or 786-674-2359.


Catholic Charities helping flood victims

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is accepting monetary donations to help provide food, replacement furniture, and other resources to families affected by the major floods that hit Broward and Miami-Dade counties in April 2023. To donate, visit:


Earth, Wind & Fire highlight anniversary celebration

Earth, Wind & Fire will be the concert performers at the Archdiocese of Miami’s 65th Anniversary Gala, to be held Nov. 11, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. All the funds raised through the gala will support Catholic education in the archdiocese, helping to brighten the future of generations to come. For information and to register, go to: or call 305-762-1051.

Editor's note: This event was originally set to happen as part of a Destination Gala, Nov. 9-12, in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. The announcement that the event had been moved back to Miami was made after the May print edition of the Florida Catholic went to press.


Seminarians launch podcast

Seminarians at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami launched a podcast at the end of March called: "The Vianney Voice." The podcast is hosted by Christopher Morales, a seminarian from the Diocese of St Augustine, and Gabriel Campos, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Miami. The podcast comes out every other Monday and will continue during the summer. Guests so far have included the seminary’s vice rector, Father Bryan Garcia, the bishop emeritus of St. Augustine, Bishop Felipe Estévez, Father Matthew Gomez, archdiocesan vocations director, and fellow seminarians. The podcast is aimed at “discerners and all the people of God,” according to Morales. Episodes can be found at


Courage conference set for July 27-30

The annual Courage and EnCourage Conference, “Courageous Love Made Perfect: The Eucharist in Action,” will take place July 27-30 online and in person at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. For information and registration, visit

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