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."
The meeting will open at 6 p.m. Sunday with a music extravaganza. The Workers Meeting will include enrichment sessions at 6 p.m. each day and evening worship at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The community is invited. For more information call 305-821-3692 or 305-757-6620.
Gateway Baptist celebrates 50 years
Congratulations to Gateway Baptist Church on its 50th anniversary as a spiritual beacon in the community. The church will celebrate the occasion during special worship services to start at 10 a.m. on March 3 — 50 years to the day that Gateway Baptist Chapel was constituted by University Baptist Church into Gateway Baptist.
The special anniversary worship service will be followed by a luncheon at noon. The cost for lunch is $10 for adults and $5 for children up to age 12. Reservations and payment for the lunch must be received by Sunday. Call 305-271-1141, to make reservations and for more information.
Holocaust Education Month continues
Holocaust Education Month continues with the film, "Refuge: Stories of a Special Generation" at 2 p.m. Monday at the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The documentary weaves together historical narrative, archival footage and deeply personal testimony about the Nazi genocide.
Following screening of the film, its director Ethan Bensinger, will lead a discussion of his documentary. The Holocaust Memorial is at 1933-1945 Meridian Ave. in Miami Beach. Call 305-538-1663 for more information or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Gala at Mt. Zion
The 11th Annual Musical Gala, presented by the Mass Choir of the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 301 NW Ninth St. (Willie Waters Way) will be at 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme is "A Soiree Musicale” and will feature gospel, jazz, spirituals, poetry and historical facts.
The Rev. Dr. Ralph Ross, pastor of the church, invites the community to enjoy an afternoon celebration of Black History. It's free.
Black History Month at Church of God Tabernacle
Bishop Walter H. Richardson and the Youth Department of The Church of God Tabernacle at 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City, invites the community to its annual Black History Month Celebration to be at 10 a.m. Sunday. The order of service will include an original skit and music by the Youth With voices ensemble directed by Ashley Barnes.
Mormons celebrate black history
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church) invites the community to its celebration of Black History Month at noon Saturday at the meetinghouse at 8201 NW 186th St. in Miami Lakes.
The guest speaker will be Marvin Perkins, co-author of "Blacks in the Scriptures." Perkins will also make a special presentation entitled "Blacks in the Bible." The program will include Alex Boye, recording artist, actor and singer in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Boye was born and raised in London, England and has hits in over 15 countries.
Miami Lakes Stake President Jim Robinson said, "We are looking forward to a fun and uplifting event for the entire family where there will be inspirational speakers, uplifting music and great food." Robinson, who has served as the leader over 11 congregations in the Dade and Broward areas, is one of the organizers of the free event. Call 954-558-8655 for more information.