The words of the gospel song, May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me, ring in my ears as I inform this community about the departure of the Rev. John Cox, OMI, and the brethren of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate from South Florida.
"It is time to leave," Cox said. "We (the OMIs) don’t have the numbers that we once had and can’t staff every place as we have in the past. We are sad to leave South Florida, but the area has some other resources. We made a choice to be in places that don’t have the resources that are available in South Florida. It is our commitment to be in the neediest places. It’s hard to leave, but it’s time for me to do something else while I still can."
That "something else" will place him on the Ojibwe Indian Reservation in White Earth, Minn., where Cox will be on a three-person team serving the people on the reservation. He said the reservation is 1,300 square miles and there are six churches that he and the brethren will provide services for. "Not sure yet, as to what else I will do because I’ve never been there before, " Cox said.
Cox, who came to Miami in 2004 to serve as pastor at St. Francis Xavier in Overtown, became the full time pastor at Holy Redeemer Catholic in 2006. He hit the ground running, so to speak, and got involved in just about every aspect of the community. It didn’t matter that your church was Baptist or Pentecostal or Episcopal. Cox just wanted you to know he was here to serve you. His departure from this area will certainly leave a void in the community.
On Sunday (Fathers Day), Holy Redeemer and the community will honor Cox with a proper send off. The special Mass will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the church M. Athalie Range Fellowship Hall.
The community is invited out to say good-bye to one of the area’s favorite persons. If you go, RSVP to Sandra Wallace at 305-620-0701.
Church says thank-you to police
Christ Fellowship Church will host its first Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast at 9 a.m. on June 29 at Westminster Christian School in the activities center, 6855 SW 152nd St. in Palmetto Bay.
All active and retired law enforcement officers, correctional and probation officers, and military police are invited to this free breakfast. The program will include special guests, a dollar raffle give away and other special presentations. To register to attend the breakfast, go online at: cfmiami.org/police, or call Aimee Artiles at 786-486-7339.
Christ Fellowship is a Southern Baptist-affiliated church that has six campuses throughout Miami. In addition to Palmetto Bay, there are campuses in downtown Miami, West Kendall, Homestead, Redland and Coral Gables.
Church honors seniors
The senior citizens of Miami Gardens are invited to a complimentary luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church, 17800 NW 25th Ave.
The event will be in the church’s Henry E. Greene Community Center. If you go, please RSVP by calling 305-586-6516.
Catholic school students to set up clinic in Dominican Republic
A warm send-off to the 65 students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, and Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart, who will join Father Frank Permuy, alumni, engineers and a medical staff on a nine-day trip to La Piragua Abajo, Dominican Republic, where they will build a bridge and set up a makeshift clinic. The group will leave on June 28 and will return July 7.