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January 24, 2022

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, was born in West Palm Beach on October 18, 1950, grew up in Lake Worth, Florida where he attended Catholic school at his home parish, Sacred Heart. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy (1972) and a Master of Divinity (1975) from the Boynton Beach Seminary and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University in New York.

He was the associate director and then director of the Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center in Miami’s Little Haiti section while serving concurrently as pastor of three Haitian mission parishes in the archdiocese: Notre-Dame d’Haiti in Miami, Divine Mercy in Fort Lauderdale, and St. Joseph in Pompano Beach.

Archbishop Wenski was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Miami on June 24, 1997 and was ordained to the episcopacy on September 3, 1997. Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Wenski as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando on July 1, 2003, and he assumed the role of the fourth Bishop of Orlando on November 13, 2004. On April 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the fourth Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami (which includes the seven dioceses of the State of Florida).

Additionally, Archbishop Wenski served as a Board member of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) from 1998 to 2001. He is also a member of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration and served as the Chair of this committee from 2002 to 2004. He is currently a Board member of the following organizations: Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Leadership Institute (“Good Leaders, Good Shepherd”), St. John Vianney Seminary (Miami), and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (Orchard Lake, Michigan). He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach and a member of the Scalabrini International Migration Network Advisory Committee.

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