WHEREAS, the City of Tampa is honored to join other organizations throughout our community in honoring Monsignor Higgins on his 54th Anniversary of Ordination into the Catholic priesthood and in wishing him the best on his retirement as Pastor of St. Lawrence which will be effective on June 30, 2007. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pam Iorio, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Tampa, Florida, do hereby proclaim June 21-30, 2007 as “MONSIGNOR LAURENCE E. HIGGINS DAYS” CLICK HERE to read the full proclamation.
Please do not be offended by a mention of Fidel Castro, as Monsignor Higgins blessed men and women regardless of their sins or political affiliation.
“Knowing that Castro was raised Catholic and attended Jesuit schools, Higgins told him: “I will bless you in the native language that you were brought up in.”
Castro bowed his head.
Higgins placed both hands on top of Castro’s head and began to pray in Latin: “May God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit descend upon you and bless you. Amen.”
Then he offered in English: “May God give you strength to do his will. Amen.”
Castro looked up, took Higgins’ hands in his, then embraced him.”
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