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Pastor Fr. Fernando Orejuela (A.I.C.) evicts Society of St. Vincent de Paul from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL

St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FLI wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it first hand, but the new pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL is making some major changes at his parish.  His preoccupation with all the Spanish ministries has left the ignored English-only speaking parishoners (many lifelong and elderly members) to leave their “neighborhood” parish and pilgrimage to other churches.

It’s a different parish than even a few years ago.  There has always been a great need for Spanish ministries in the parish neighborhood, but now they make phonecalls to parishoners for donations to buy personal translating devices so English speakers can understand what is being said.  I could understand if the parish is a “mission parish” like San Isidro Mission in Pampano Beach, but marginalizing the English speakers is a poor pastoral example.     

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

In the past few days, the pastor wrote a letter to one of their longest working ministries, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Archdiocese of Miami council link), to vacate the premises by the end of the month (10 days away).  They need to shut down their parish food pantry to make room for a bigger chapel.  Not even meeting with the ministry volunteers, but writing a letter while the ministry head was sick in the hospital, only to return home to an eviction letter from their pastor for a ministry they volunteer their time on a daily basis.

Why would they turn away an independent organization that provides for the needs of the needy (with food, clothing, money, support, prayer, etc.)?  Many depend on selfless groups like St. Vincent de Paul for essentials.  I hope and pray the parish can continue to meet the needs of the suffering of the parish, while redecorating the rectory with expensive new furniture. 

I don’t know much about who this new pastor is, but I hope his changes are just a case of poor communication and mistaken perception of his vision and direction for the parish. 

Fr. Fernando Orejuela, A.I.C.Pastor Fr. Fernando Orejuela, A.I.C. is a religious priest from the order of La Sociedad de la Inmaculada Concepcion (Society of the Immaculate Conception) from Colombia.  He has an active following on YouTube and through Spanish radio/tv shows.  The charism of his religious order is:

El Carisma de nuestra Sociedad de la Inmaculada Concepción es: “Aceptar, vivir y proclamar el Señorío de Jesucristo, a imitación de la Santísima Virgen María en la Iglesia y en el mundo, en orden a la Cristofinalización” (Cf. Ef. 1,10)

which I Google translated into:  “The charism of the Society of the Immaculate Conception is: “Accept, live and proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church and in the world, in order to renew in Christ everything that exists through him in heaven and on earth” (cf. Eph 1. 10)

  1. Hilary
    July 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Please note that Father has since alotted St. Vincent food pantry an alternative space on the church campus. Hopefully this will be adequate for their purpose and the parish will continue to have access to this much needed social service.

  2. June 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I am happy that someone posted a note explaining that Padre Fernando was merely moving this ministry to another location on the church campus and not “evicting” them. Padre Fernando was a priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in the Kendall neighborhood of Miami, and I can only affirm that he is one of the most giving, selfless, kind, and generous priests who loves the Lord with his whole heart and truly cares about his parishioners and knows them all by name!

    Do not worry. All the changes he makes for your parish will be for the better. He is greatly missed at OLOL. God bless you, Padre Fernando Orejuela, and St. Boniface Catholic Church!

  3. maria v
    October 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I am now a member of Saint Boniface due to the excellent work of Father Fernando Orejuela. A small church in Pembroke Pines is now offering real Pastoral care to the area.We are going to Mass from Pompano to Kendall just to listening to his vibrant homilies. Seminarians who are close to becoming priests have been visiting us and learning how to keep our Catholic Church alive. Anyone interested in listening to his homilies, he installed cameras on the ceiling to stream live go to http://www.saintboniface.us Livemass.

  4. Anonymous
    February 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you Fr.Fernando I was part of the lenten Mission at St Louis in Pinecrest….Your genuine and authentic faith and clear Mission has allowed me to open my heart more for the Lord to have is way in me…..God bless you for the blessing you are to Him and his church

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