Bishop Norbert Dorsey, a long time advocate for Catholic education, is glad to lend his name and his books to the recently opened Bishop Dorsey Center for Catholic Studies, located in Ocala.
Fr. John Giel pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, Leesburg presented Bishop Emeritus Norbert Dorsey with a commemorative collage of the Bishop Dorsey Center for Catholic Studies on April 8 in front of Bishop Noonan and a few invited guests.
The Center, which opened November 6, features Bishop Dorsey’s personal collection of books on Scripture, theology and church architecture.
Since Bishop Dorsey could not attend the Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Father Giel, dean of the northern deanery, arranged to present Bishop Dorsey with the gift to serve as a visual reminder of the center named in his honor.
“We present this to you as a remembrance and a sign of our thankfulness for the example you have given us of Catholic education and the importance of our faith,” said Father Giel. “We are honored and glad you are here with us to share the joy with us.”
While serving as ordinary of the Diocese of Orlando between 1990 and 2004, Catholic education was a topic near and dear to Bishop Dorsey’s heart. He attended Catholic schools and said the experience played a large part in his desire to pursue a priestly vocation.
“I feel very humbled that the thought has been made to use my name but I’m also very grateful because it means Catholic teaching and beliefs will continue, which is so important and I’m deeply grateful,” said Bishop Dorsey.
The Bishop Dorsey Center for Catholic Studies is used by students of St. Leo University and is located next to the Trinity Catholic High School campus. It is a state of the art research facility providing extensive resources for scholarly study of the Catholic faith.
The Center provides access to college and university materials that are not traditionally available though internet or local libraries, including over 2,300 books. The Center is open to local clergy, religious men and women, students, and other interested persons across Central Florida.
Sixteen parishes in the Diocese of Orlando contributed and collaborated to the make this center possible.