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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Archbisop in Miami

Miami Archdiocese has a new Archbishop as of today and it is our fourth. Actually, we all know Archbishop Thomas Wenski as he was here before going to Orlando. Since this is big news here, I thought I would put a few highlights about his life. He was born in West Palm Beach, October 18, 1950 in the middle of a hurricane! He made his First Communion in 1958 and entered the minor seminary for high school when only 13! He was ordained in 1976 and later studied Creole in Haiti in order to minister to the numerous immigrants from Haiti in Miami. Later he will study Polish language and culture at the Catholic University in Lublin, Poland. In 1984 he was named director of the Haitian Apostolate. The Haitians love him. In 1996 he is named director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Miami and forms a collaborative relationship with Caritas Cuba; later he will travel often to Cuba on behalf of the Church. In June of 1997 he is chosen to be an auxiliary bishop of Miami and chooses for his motto: "All Things to All Men." He is ordained bishop in September. He chairs the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and then the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration and serves on many boards including that of St. Thomas University. In July of 2003 he is appointed coadjutor bishop of Orlando, succeeding Bishop Dorsey. Now, after seven years in Orlando as Bishop, he comes to Miami and will be installed today as archbishop of Miami in a ceremony at St. Mary Cathedral.
Welcome home, Archbishop Wenski!

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