Miami-Dade County

Archbishop Curley adds coordinator for students to ‘bring faith to their life’

Bea Hines
Bea Hines

A warm Neighbors in Religion welcome to Jim Ranieri, who recently joined the staff at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep school to cover a big job — the Coordinator of Student Services and Campus Ministry, as well as the Ddirector of Enrollment Management.

Ranieri, who is a central Florida native, comes to the school with over 10 years of experience in counseling and admissions.

According to a press release, he is affiliated with the Congregation of Christian Brothers/Edmund Rice community (ERC) and will continue developing the ERC tradition at the school.

"My goal is to help the school continue its mission," Ranieri said. "I also want to help our students bring their faith to their life and life to their faith."

Ranieri has a bachelors of arts in psychology and a masters of education in school counseling from the University of North Florida. He also has a masters of educational psychology from the University of Florida and has a certificate in youth ministry from Loyola University in New Orleans.

He started his career as freshman school counselor at the Frank Peterson Academy in Jacksonville and worked at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala from 2004 to 2010.

He said, "As a teacher I can build on the college prep academic rigor that is already in place and as campus minister, I can help further develop our faith community through daily prayer, retreats, and showing my faith through my work."

Meet Ranieri at the school's open hous to be on Nov. 1. For more information cisit:


If you have ever wondered what part you play in climate change, you may find the answer if you attend the devotion and discussion meeting on the spiritual implications of climate changes and our stewardship of the earth be at 10;30 a.m. Sunday at the Miami Bah'ai Center, 9300 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 209.

One of the speakers will be Dr. Terry Edwards, a Miami Bah'ai, who said, "The book of Genesis [in the Bible] says, 'The Lord placed men in the Garden of Eden as its gardener, to tend and care for it.' This passage tells us that nature is a representation, an expression of God. The splendor of nature is the splendor of God. Can we doubt that God wishes us to be His stewards on earth?"

Dr. Thomas Carsey, who is a member of the Bah'ai aith as well as an environmental scientist, will also join the discussion and devotion. He agreed and said, "There are a number of reasons that we should care about climate change." He said the reasons include: the threat to our economy, and the threat to our lives and property.

"But as people of faith we should care about securing a provident and rich environment for future generations," Carsey said. "It really is a spiritual test about being responsible for one's actions."

The meeting will be held in support of GreenFaith an interfaith group dedicated to inspiring, educating and mobilizing people of divers religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. GreenFaith willhave a climate march in New York City on Sept. 21, the same day of Edwards' lecture. For more information onf GreenFaith, go to:


Music lovers are invited to Bet Shira Congregation Saturday (Sept. 20) for a wonderful musical experience. At that time, the congregation at 7500 SW 120th St. will host its Musical Selichot Service, conducted by Rabbi Mark H. Kula, Cantor Shiree Kidron and the Bet Shira Professional Choir.

A dessert reception will be at 9 p.m., followed by the service at 9:30 p.m.

The Musical Selichot is the opening of the holy day season. The service will include both traditional and contemporary liturgical selections.

The service is open to the community.


The twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 52nd Anniversary of Independence on Aug. 31. And to commemorate the milestone, the Trinidad and Tobago Community at Christ the King Catholic Church at 16000 SW 112th Ave. in Perrine, will have a Thanksgiving Mass and Healing Service on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 21 and 22).

At 10:15 a.m. Sunday the Most Rev, Joseph Harris, Archbishop of Port-of-Spain, will officiate at he worship service. The Most Rev. Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port-of-Spain, will be the con-celebrant. Kay Pierre, musical director and Kevin Millien, musician, will also participate.

At the service, there will also be a second collection for the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Restoration Project.

The Healing Service will be a t 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sep. 22). The Rev. Steve Ransome, parish priest at Assumption in Toco, Trinidad will officiate.

For more information call 305-898-7682 or send an email to:


The special events scheduled for the Jewish New Year at Ahavat Olam Synagogue will include children's Religious School free tuition for first graders; dinner and Selichot service, which will include a "delicious" meal followed by a short Selichot service to feature the Ahavat Olam Choral Society for adults and teenagers in middle through high school.

High Holy Day services will be led by Rabbi/Cantor Danny Marmorstein and the Ahavat Olam Choral Society, the Big Bad Bima Band, harpist Stacey Devine, pianist Sergio Gonzalez and cellist Konstantin Litvinko.

The events will be held at the Religious School 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Selichot service and dinner will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 20).

For the schedule of High Holy Day services call the temple at 305-4122-4240. The synagogue is located at 10755 SW 112th St.


A Neighbors in Religion salute to Belen Jesuit Preparatory School on being named one of the top U.S. Catholic High Schools for the eighth consecutive time, by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.

According to a press release, Belen Jesuit is the only Catholic School in Miami-Dade County to receive this recognition and one of only three in the state.

"We are honored to be included among such distinguished school," said the Rev. Pedro Sarez, president of Belen Jesuit. "It recognizes our commitment to Catholic education I applaud the students, parents, teachers and staff for their hard work and commitment to this important mission of the church."

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