Florida Catholic

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Florida Catholic
Florida Catholic Nov. 20, 2007.jpg
The Florida Catholic newspaper, Miami Archdiocese edition
Type Orlando, Palm Beach and Venice dioceses editions: 24 times a year. Miami Archdiocese: 12 times a year newspaper
Owner(s) Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Miami
Publisher Bishop Gerald Barbarito of Palm Beach; Bishop John Gerard Noonan of Orlando; Bishop Frank Joseph Dewane of Venice
Founded 1939[1]
Language English
Headquarters Orlando, Florida
ISSN 0746-4584
Website www.thefloridacatholic.org

The Florida Catholic is the official newspaper for four of the seven dioceses in the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Miami. Based in Orlando, Florida, the newspaper publishes 24 issues a year in three dioceses; these editions include local, state, national and international Catholic news. The Miami Archdiocese edition is published once a month with local content.[2]

Other articles discuss faith issues and highlight specific schools, ministries or parish activities. The Bishop of each Florida Diocese offers a personal message to subscribers in their diocese on current events or faith subjects. An online version of the newspaper offers the most recent edition as well as an archive of past articles and bishop's messages.[3]


The paper was first published as a weekly in Miami in 1939. It moved to St. Augustine in 1942. It moved to Orlando about 1952.[4] In 1958 it is replaced by the The Voice only in the Miami diocese for the next 32 years.[5]

In 1959 the paper moved to the Orlando suburb of Winter Park.[5]

In 1972, the paper changed its format from broadsheet to tabloid.[5]

In 1984, the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee began publishing their own version of the newspaper.[5]

In 1990, the paper absorbed The Voice published by the Archdiocese of Miami and began serving that area. The addition of Miami gives the paper a circulation of 140,000 and serving six out of the seven dioceses in the state.[6]

In 1993, specific local sections were generated for each diocese.[5]

In 2003, it was discovered that a bookkeeper had embezzled money totaling a large sum over decades. The bookkeeper was charged with grand theft and the editor felt obliged to resign.[7] This resulted in an abbreviated publishing schedule for several years until losses could be recouped.

In 2004, the Catholic Press Association selected the paper to receive the Bishop John England Award for First Amendment rights, freedom of the press and/or freedom of religion.[5]

In 2008, the paper is published for the final time in the St. Petersburg Diocese. It begins production of a new publication for that diocese, Gathered, Nourished, Sent.[5]

In 2012, the paper added a digital e-Edition subscription ($20) which combines content from three dioceses (Orlando, Palm Beach and Venice) and began a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.[5]


  1. Father Vincent Smith ?-1965[5]
  2. Father David Page 1965-1990[8]
  3. Henry Libersat 1990-1999[9]
  4. Steven Paradis 1999-2003[7]
  5. Christopher Gunty 2003-2008
  6. Denise O'Toole Kelly 2008-2009 [10]
  7. Mary St. Pierre 2009-2010


  1. ^ Poynter.org accessed March 14, 2008
  2. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20040329091003/http://www.catholicstandard.org/images/national.pdf accessed September 27, 2007
  3. ^ "US Catholic Newspapers". Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  4. ^ Newspapers accessed March 14, 2008 Archived August 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i The Florida Catholic Timeline. The Florida Catholic. January 2–16, 2009. 
  6. ^ Non-current Catholic newspapers accessed March 14, 2008
  7. ^ a b Orlando Sentinel accessed March 14, 2008
  8. ^ Tomaselli (March 14–20, 2008). Priests will be honored at chrism Mass. Florida Catholic. 
  9. ^ Florida Catholic Conference accessed March 14, 2008
  10. ^ Hard to verify. Not known if there was intervening editor. Title apparently changed.

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