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Official Day of Monsignor Laurence Higgins

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.


Celebrating 60 Years

Monsignor Laurence Higgins celebrated 60 years in the priesthood.  CLICK HERE to read the full article on the Tampa Tribune webpage.

St Lawrence Parish

Founding Church in Cuba

St Lawrence in Tampa helping found church in Cuba. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

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Getting To Know Monsignor Higgins

Getting to know Monsignor Laurence Higgins of St. Lawrence Catholic parish with “10 questions”  CLICK HERE to read the full article on the ABC Action News webpage.

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Judeo Christian Health Clinic

Volunteer doctors and nurses treated more than 39,000 patients and the lines keep getting longer. CLICK HERE to learn more…


The Monsignor and His Moment with Castro

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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