OUR ARCHBISHOP


Una Voce Miami Prayerfully Supports
Our Beloved Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski

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Thomas Gerard Wenski (born October 18, 1950) was appointed Archbishop of Miami by Pope Benedict XVI on April 20, 2010 and was installed on June 1, 2010. He previously served as Bishop of Orlando (2004–2010), coadjutor bishop of Orlando (2003–2004), and auxiliary bishop of Miami (1997–2003).

Archbishop Wenski was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Miami by Archbishop Coleman Carroll on May 15, 1976. His first assignment was as an associate pastor at Corpus Christi Church in Miami, where he remained for three years. At Corpus Christi, he took an interest in the Haitian parishioners who attended Mass in Creole, and was sent to Haiti to study Creole and Haitian culture. When he returned to Miami in 1979, he was appointed to a Haitian apostolate operating out of the Cathedral of Saint Mary. Wenski then served as associate director and later director of the Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center in Miami until 1997. He also served concurrently as pastor of three Haitian parishes in the archdiocese: Notre-Dame d’Haiti Church in Miami, Divine Mercy Church in Fort Lauderdale, and St. Joseph in Pompano Beach. 

Episcopacy

Auxiliary Bishop of Miami

On June 24, 1997, Wenski was appointed auxiliary bishop of Miami and titular bishop of Kearney by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 3 from Archbishop John Favalora, with Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy and Bishop Agustin Roman serving as co-consecrators, at the Miami Arena. He selected as his episcopal motto: “All Things to All Men” (1 Corinthians 9:22). As an auxiliary bishop, he served as episcopal vicar for Broward and Monroe Counties.

In addition to his episcopal duties, Wenski served on numerous boards including Catholic Hospice, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Legal Services, and St. Thomas University. He served as chair of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (1998–2001), and of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops‘ Committee on Migration (2001–2004). He also served on the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and the Coordinating Council of Broward, and was appointed by Florida governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Council on Homelessness, in 2001, and the Task Force on Haiti in 2004.

Bishop of Orlando

Archbishop Wenski was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando on July 1, 2003. His installation took place on August 22 of that year. Following the retirement of Bishop Norbert Dorsey, Wenski succeeded him as the fourth Bishop of Orlando on November 13, 2004. He was the first Florida-born Bishop of Orlando.

Archbishop Wenski convoked the first synod for the Diocese of Orlando in 2004. He held listening sessions with a diverse group of Catholics to hear about their concerns and hopes for the future for the diocese. He designated 2008 as the “Year of Evangelization,” putting a greater emphasis on deepening the faith of all people. At the time of his appointment to Miami in 2010, he was leading the diocese through the early stages of both a $150 million capital campaign and an extensive renovation of St. James Cathedral.

In October 2007, he was selected to serve on the board of directors of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation, a non-profit public charity that responds to challenges that confront specialty crop producers and their stakeholders. In September 2008, he gave an invocation at the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In March 2009, he joined the conservative Catholic Leadership Institute’s national advisory board for their “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds” program. In May of that year, Wenski held a Mass of reparation for the University of Notre Dame’s decision to have President Barack Obama deliver its commencement speech and receive an honorary degree, given Obama’s pro-abortion views. At the Mass, he denounced Obama for his “extremist views on abortion” and said that Notre Dame’s “actions suggest that, unlike a Carrie Prejean, it lacks the courage of its convictions.”

In June 2009, he was elected to a four-year term on the board of trustees of the Catholic University of America. He chaired of the USCCB Committee on International Policy (2004–2008), and currently serves as a consultant to the Committee on Migration and a member of the Secretariat for the church in Latin America, Committee for International Justice and Peace, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. He is currently the episcopal moderator for Catholic Health Services for the Florida Catholic Conference.

During his tenure, he created six new parishes and two missions. His capital and endowment campaign raised $100 million. He petitioned and was granted that two diocesan churches be raised to the status of minor basilicas. He started the Spanish language radio station, Buena Nueva FM. along with the Spanish language newspaper, El Clarin.

Archbishop of Miami 

On April 20, 2010, Bishop Wenski was appointed the fourth Archbishop of Miami by Pope Benedict XVI. Following his appointment, he said he was “humbled by the Holy Father‘s confidence in me and aware of my own limitations and shortcomings…” He succeeded Archbishop John Favalora. He became the first native of the Archdiocese to become its archbishop.

Archbishop Wenski was installed at the Cathedral of Saint Mary on June 1, 2010. At the end of June, he received the pallium, a vestment worn by metropolitan bishops, from Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica.

On February 2, 2012, Archbishop Wenski celebrated a Pontifical High Mass, a solemn form of Tridentine Mass, the first such celebration in the state of Florida in more than 40 years.


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About Una Voce Miami

Faithful to Catholic Tradition. Fiel a la Tradición católica. ENGLISH VERSION ----- Versión en español le sigue ----- Una Voce Miami is the Archdiocese of Miami chapter of the International Federation Una Voce (FIUV), a lay Roman Catholic organization, recognized by the Holy See. With Pope Benedict XVI's widely-acclaimed motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" as the catalyst, Una Voce faithfully works for the universal celebration of the centuries-old Traditional Latin Mass or Extraordinary Form of the Mass. The Holy Father believes Una Voce provides a "valuable service" to the Church. We undertake this service of love with the utmost respect, charity, and goodwill deserved by our Archbishop, Mons. Thomas G. Wenski, and all the dedicated clergy under whose spiritual direction we so happily serve. Una Voce Miami asks your prayers, your support, and your enthusiasm! Will you join us in this joyful and fruitful endeavor? You are cordially invited to work with us! Please contact us at unavocemiami@aol.com VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL Una Voce Miami es el capítulo de la Arquidiocesis de Miami de la Federación Internacional Una Voce (FIUV), una organización de laicos católicos reconocida por la Santa Sede. Una Voce trabaja fielmente por la celebración universal de la bi-milenaria Misa Tradicional en Latín o Rito Extraordinario de la Misa. El mundialmente aclamado Motu Proprio del Papa Benedicto XVI, "Summorum Pontificum", es el catalizador de este importante esfuerzo. El Santo Padre cree que Una Voce rinde un "servicio valioso" a la Iglesia. Nosotros desarrollamos este servicio de amor con el mayor respeto, caridad y buena voluntad merecidos por nuestro arzobispo Tomas G. Wenski y todo el clero dedicado bajo cuya dirección espiritual felizmente servimos. ¡A Una Voce Miami le faltan tus oraciones, tu apoyo y tu entusiasmo! ¿Te unirás a nosotros en este empeño jubiloso y fructífero? ¡Estas cordialmente invitado a trabajar junto a nosotros! Por favor contáctenos en unavocemiami@aol.com
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