Bishop Barbarito's Statements

Living the Truth in Love: The Pope of Surprises – Start, Stop, Continue

  From the very beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has frequently spoken of God as the "God of surprises." In his words on Easter Sunday this year, he referred to God's intervention in history, which culminated in the Resurrection of Christ, as all acts of the "God of surprises." Most

Statement of the Bishop regarding the report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury

  Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord, Most recently we have again been shocked, distressed and disheartened about the matter of clerical sexual abuse of minors. The situation which led to the resignation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the growing revelations of sexual abuse in other

Living the Truth in Love: Our Catholic Schools – A Second Home

  It seems like yesterday that I wrote this column on schools being closed for the summer and the children who attend them on vacation at home with their families. It is hard to believe that the schools are now open as we are more than halfway through August. While time does go by quickly, it may

Living the Truth in Love: The Precious Blood Gives Us Life

  On June 30, Pope Francis spoke to various groups dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. He noted that his audience with them came on "the vigil of the month of July, when Christian piety turns in a special way to the Blood of Christ." As we enter into the culminating days of this month,

Living the Truth in Love: Summer - Complaining is Forbidden

  The summer has long begun, not only with its official opening on June 21, but also with the many signs of it that we have here in southern Florida. Schools have been closed for over a month and some families have taken their children and gone on a well-deserved vacation away from our area. The

Living the Truth in Love: The Birth of John the Baptist

As I reflected upon in my previous column, we are commemorating Religious Freedom Week, which began with the celebration of the Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, June 22, and will conclude on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29. During this week, we reflect upon the great gift

A Pastoral Letter on Independence Day from Bishop Barbarito

  The following is a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Barbarito to the faith family of the Diocese of Palm Beach wishing all a blessed Fourth of July, and reminding us of the freedoms we enjoy as well as the characteristics that make the United States a great nation.           Dear

Living the Truth in Love: Religious Freedom Week – Serving Others in God’s Love

  For the past several years we have commemorated the Fortnight for Freedom invoked by the United States Bishops as a two-week period of prayer and reflection upon the great treasure of religious freedom. The Fortnight was a two week period which began on June 21 and concluded on July

Living the Truth in Love: WWMD - What Would Mary Do

As always, the First Sunday of May was a great one in our Diocese as we gathered at Emmanuel Church in Delray Beach for the Annual Marian Festival. The afternoon brought a tremendous amount of rain which prevented us from gathering outside at the beautiful Rosary Walk. However, the weather did not

Living the Truth in Love: Homily - Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Frank D’Amato and Deacon Daniel Daza-Jaller

  Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola May 5, 2018 Prayer - The First Task of a Priest   Recently, on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Pope Francis ordained three bishops at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In his homily at the ordination, the Pope spoke clearly and directly on what he