The priest is a member of one of the three orders of ordained ministry in the Catholic Church (the others being diaconate and episcopacy).

They are consecrated to preach the Gospel and shepherd the faithful, as well as to celebrate divine worship as true priests of the New Testament.” (Lumen Gentium, no. 28).

There are two Vicars for Priests in the Diocese of Orlando assisting the bishop by providing support to the priests in the Diocese of Orlando by:
•    Responding to matters concerning spiritual, physical, and psychological health of the priests of the Diocese.
•    Acting on behalf of the bishop concerning matters of priest personnel.
•    Sits as a member of, and provides staff support for, the Priest Placement Board in the work of recommending to the Bishop assignments of priests to parishes and other ministries in the Diocese.

The Vicar for Priests are Father Paul Henry and Father Miguel Gonzalez.

The Diocese of Orlando also has a Vicar for Senior Priests, Father Edward McCarthy.

Contact Us

gielVery Rev. John Giel, VA, JCL, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs and Vicar General
407-246-4800 | jgiel@orlandodiocese.org

Christine Shields, Administrative Assistant
407-246-4898 | cshields@orlandodiocese.org

Very Rev. Paul Henry and Rev. Miguel Gonzalez, Vicar for Priests

Rev. Edward McCarthy, Vicar for Senior Priests
Office of Senior & International Priests
Dan Hardester, Manager of Services
407-246-4845 /dhardester@orlandodiocese.org