Annual Holy Synod for the Diocese
27 January 2018
Memorial of Sts. Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe
The Synodal Catholic Diocese of Florida, with its lay and clergy representatives of each community and ministry, assembles on the last Saturday of each January to celebrate and affirm its interdependent life and ministry with one another in the "holy coming together," known as a synod. This year's synod celebrated a presentation by Michael Parise entitled "Community: It's an Inside Job!" Additionally, various aspects of our life and ministry together were addressed as well exploring characteristics and opportunities to grow small Catholic communities.
Jan Hartman Ordained a Deacon of the Church
07 January 2018
Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord
The Diocese of Florida rejoiced to celebrate the vocation of Janis E. Hartman with the Sacrament of Holy Orders for a Deacon on Sunday, January 7, 2018 during the Sunday Liturgy for Holy Spirit Synodal Catholic Church-Safety Harbor. Jan, a retired educator, has been actively preparing for ordination with her formation and academic preparation as a deacon. She resides in Dunedin, FL with her spouse, Donna. Jan is eagerly looking forward to ministering as the Lord has called her and to bring others closer to Christ. Rejoice, O Church!
SCOTUS Ruling and Immigrants
24 June 2016
Birth of St. John the Baptizer
The Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches is saddened that the US Supreme Court is so divided as to be unable to give our nation clear and unequivocal guidance concerning the treatment of immigrants in our midst. However as followers of Jesus, the Bishops of the Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches feel compelled to live by the clear and unequivocal practice of Jesus and of the early Church. Among the people of God there is no Jew or Greek, man or woman, gay or straight, native born or immigrant. We are all made one by Jesus Christ. As Christian people it must be our practice to treat immigrants in the same way we treat ourselves. It is impossible to love God whom we do not see if we do not love the immigrants whom we do see.
Our practice and our teaching are brief but clear. We love our neighbor as we do ourselves. We want for them everything we ourselves have. The foreigners in our midst are part of our family and we oppose any discrimination towards them.
Time has come for all nations and humanity to make real the truth of our fraternity in God. We should be tearing down walls and fences that divide us and working to figure out how we can be come more of a global community.
On behalf of the Bishops of the Episcopal Council of the Communion of Synodal Catholic Churches, we remain one in Christ, our Way.