###First Visit of Bishop Wenski, Ocala, Fla. ###First Visit of Bishop Wenski to Catholic Center Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Anthony Convent Sergio Flores, left, orginally from Mexico, now of Ocala, poses with Bishop Thomas Wenski after Mass. Flores is wearing a hat very typical of Mexican wear. He started to take his hat off, but the bishop told him to wear his hat also. Diocese of Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski made his first ever visit to Catholic Center Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph Convent on Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2008. The convent is home to the Missionary Sisters Catechist, or in Spanish, Hermanas Misioneras Catequistas, that arrived in Ocala on Jan. 30, 2007, from Medelln, Colombia. This is the religious orderÕs only convent in the United States and officially had their convent blessed and opened April 22, 2007. Bishop Wenski celebrated the Mass with Father Alfonso Cely and Father Patrick Sheedy and Deacon Eddie Berrios, all of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Ocala. Father Cely estimated that more than 400 people attended the Mass, packed from wall to wall, with folding chairs. The Tuna La Trinidad de Blessed Trinity, of Ocala, a Spanish style musical band, typical of the European minstrels musicians, performed complete with black capes, serenading the Bishop by the altar and also outside during a luncheon. The to Catholic Center Our Lady of Guadalupe officially opened in 2002. The Catholic Center and convent are both located at 1153 W. State Road 40, Ocala. Prior to 2002, the growing Hispanic communities of mainly Mexicans working in the rural Marion County horse farms were celebrating Mass and services in backyards and at a local horse farm barn prior to the opening of Catholic Center Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2008, Ocala, Fla. (Jannet Walsh/Freelance to The Florida Catholic)2008
###Ocala Star-Banner – The Villages Oktoberfest parade, The Villages, FL CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHER 352-598-7976 -###The Villages Oktoberfest parade was complete with an Oktoberfest princess, Mary Conrad (cq) of The Villages, originally from Austria, and the prince is Fritz Schmitt (cq) from The Villages, originally from Bavaria, in Germany, Monday afternoon, November 14, 2005, The Villages, FL. ( Jannet Walsh/Star-Banner)2005
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