On August 28, 2013, Bishop Barbarito celebrated the 10th anniversary of his installation as the Bishop and shepherd of the Diocese of Palm Beach. In recognition of the special day, many parishes and schools sent an overwhelming amount of spiritual gifts and prayers to Bishop Barbarito. Pastoral Center staff also presented the Bishop with a spiritual gift.
Bishop Barbarito is very grateful for the gifts. He released the following thank you letter to parishes and schools. Pictures of some of the gifts have been placed on this website in our Photo Album section. To view pictures of the gifts and to learn more about the gifts, please click on the pictures on the right of this page.
September 17, 2013
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
On the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of my installation as Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach, I give thanks to Almighty God for the gift of my vocation and the joy of being able to serve Jesus Christ and the people of God. You, the living stones, form the Church of God, the Body of Christ, in the Diocese of Palm Beach.
I take great comfort in the words of St Augustine that I shared with you ten years ago when I was installed on his Feast day: “For you I am a bishop, with you, after all, I am a Christian” (Sermon 340). The incredible grace that has been poured out upon me, foremost by God, but also by your prayers and charitable works, fills me with the strength to shepherd the flock entrusted to me by God and His Holy Church.
Thank you for your generous gift of prayers, your steadfast faith, your ardent hope and your love in action. Together we always strive to build the City of God here in the Diocese of Palm Beach as we journey on our pilgrim way.
May God always bless you and your families and may our Blessed Mother, Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, patroness of the Diocese of Palm Beach, always intercede for you.
With every prayerful wish, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito
Bishop of Palm Beach