04 January 2008

Overview: Province of Florida

This province has as its metropolitan the Archdiocese of Miami along with the suffragan Dioceses of: Orlando, Palm Beach, Pensacola-Tallahassee, Saint Augustine, Saint Petersburg, and Venice, all in the state of Florida.

The Archdiocese of Miami is led by Archbishop John Clement Favalora (72). He recently celebrated 46 years as a priest. He has served in his present post for a bit over 13 years. The Archdiocese also has 2 Auxiliary Bishops, aged 56 and 61. After a few more years, they might well be candidates for other posts.

Bishop Thomas Gerard Wenski (57) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Orlando. He has been in place a little over 3 years.

The Diocese of Palm Beach has as its ordinary Bishop Gerald Michael Barbarito who turned 58 this very day. He has been in this post for over 4 years.

Bishop John Huston Ricard, S.S.J. (67) is the head of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. He has been in place for just under 11 years. He may be the first ordinary in the Diocese's history to not be appointed to another post.

The Diocese of Saint Augustine is headed by Bishop Victor Benito Galeone (72). He recently celebrated 47 years as a priest.

Bishop Robert Nugent Lynch (66) is the ordinary of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg. His 12th anniversary of consecration as a bishop occurs later this month.

The Diocese of Venice has been led by Bishop Frank Joseph Dewane (57) for almost a year now.

Overall, the province is likely to be very stable in terms of hierarchy in the coming year or two. In about 3 years, however, there will be the metropolitan and a suffragan with ordinaries reaching the normal retirement age.
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