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Thomas Hyde wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am newly converted and plan to join the Church within the next few months. I'm looking for a conservative Catholic parish in the Fort Myers, Florida area.

Any suggestions?



  { Looking for a conservative Catholic parish in the Fort Myers, Florida area. }

Mike replied:

Hi, Thomas —

Great to hear from you.

For the rest of the team: Thomas is a former Assembly of God minister who has a strong desire to join the Church. He was originally in Kansas but has moved to Florida. He has also be a participant of my free Catechism program which I had to suspend due to a lack of personal finances.

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I was thinking about your situation after we talked last time and seeing that you have
a history of devoted service as an Assemblies of God minister, many of the skills and talents you had there could ALSO be used within the diocese of Venice: (the Ft. Myers area).

I would try to make a personal appointment with the bishop of Venice. Wait if you have to.
Tell him your strong interest in joining the Church but in serving at a Church that is faithful to the Holy Father.  Also share with him your previous ministry service at the Assembly of God:

  • what you did
  • responsibilities, etc.

If you have ever thought about the priesthood or being a deacon, share that with him too. 
Also share with him your concerns about that parish that had apparent [socialistic|communistic} views of social justice.  This may be a situation he is not aware of.

Whether he knows or doesn't know, just share with him  your desire to participate in a Catholic parish that is faithful to the Magisterium and the True teachings of the Church. 

Usually these parishes have:

  • a devotion to Mary
  • a faithfulness to the Holy Father
  • *** Eucharistic Adoration

One person that's doing great work in the Church is David Cheney.

His web site: Catholic Hierarchy has a list of all the Catholic dioceses in the world!

Don't necessarily look for one diocese.  If you can find another parish in a nearby diocese that is more faithful to the Church, make an appoint with that bishop.

From Catholic Hierarchy: Diocesan Search:

Here are the seven dioceses in Florida, the bishops and  their web sites:

Miami Archbishop John Favalora
Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski
Palm Beach Bishop Gerald Barbarito
Pensacola-Tallahassee Bishop John Ricard
Saint Augustine Bishop Victor Galeone
Saint Petersburg Bishop Robert Lynch
Venice (the Ft. Myer's area) Bishop Frank Dewane

Kudos to my colleague Eric who assisted me with this answer.

Hope this helps,


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