Seven priests in the Archdiocese of Miami have been elevated to the rank of monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI.
The priests learned of the honors during a Jan. 25 meeting with Archbishop Thomas Wenski. They will receive the insignia of their new rank at an investiture ceremony to be at 5 p.m. on March 10 at St. Mary Cathedral.
One priest, already a monsignor, has been elevated to the highest rank of his honorary title: protonotary apostolic supernumerary. He is Msgr. Jude O'Doherty, who was ordained June 12, 1965. He came to South Florida three months later and served as parochial vicar of Epiphany Church in Miami. He has served the archdiocese nearly 50 years, and since June of 1982, has served as pastor of Epiphany Church.
Another priest, Jesuit Father Eduardo M. Barrios, was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, the highest honor accorded by the Vatican. Ordained June 24, 1972, he began his service in the Archdiocese of Miami as a member of the faculty at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in January of 1998, where the taught until September 2006, when he was named parochial vicar at Gesu Church in downtown Miami. He returned to Belen in July of 2008, and served until 2012,when he again became parochial vicar at Gesu.
The other newly honored priests are: Msgr. Chanel Jeanty, pastor of St. Philip Neri in Miami Gardens; Msgr. James Fetscher, who grew up in Holy Family Parish in North Miami, and currently serves as pastor of St. Sebastian in Fort Lauderdale; Msgr. Roberto Garza, ordained in 1996, who currently serves as rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami; Msgr. Jose Luis Hernando, ordained in 1962 in Madrid, who currently serves as pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Key Biscayne; Msgr. George Puthusseril, born in Kothanalloor, India, ordained Oct. 6, 1979, who currently serves as temporary administrator at St. Agatha Church in Miami; Msgr. Jose Juan Quijano, born in Guantanamo, Cuba, ordained Dec. 28, 1973, who came to South Florida in 1988 to serve at St. John Bosco Church in Little Havana and Immaculate Conception in Hialeah; and Msgr. Edmond Whyte, who was born in Lixnaw, Ireland. He was ordained June 6, 1964, and came to South Florida the same year. He took his current assignment as pastor of St. Mark in Southwest Ranches in 1996 and since 1984, has served as a member of the archdiocesan Building Commission.
Homestead Methodists to hold yard sale
The United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church of Homestead will have their 10th annual Spring Fling Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 1 and March 2 at the church, 622 N. Krome Ave. in Homestead.
Items for sale will include furniture, linens, kitchenware, books, gently used clothing and shoes. Grilled hot dogs will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. All proceeds will be used for local, state and international missions.
Gay men’s chorus to perform Saturday
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will host the Fourth Annual Miami Gay Men's Chorus (MGMC) Choral Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. the theme is "Together in Harmony."
According to Trinity's newsletter, the chorus is an inclusive, community-based organization of gay men and gay-supporting people who seek to inspire and change lives through the power of music.
Tickets are available at the door. the cathedral is at 464 NE 16th St.
Bishop to host worker’s meeting
Bishop Julian C. Jackson, senior minister of the New Gamble Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1898 NW 43rd St., will host the 14th Annual Workers Meeting, presented by the Southern Florida Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. The meeting will be Feb. 24 through March 1, and the theme is "Experiencing the Power of Jesus Christ, In Pursuing His Mission and His Righteousness."