MONSEIGNIOR THOMAS G. WENSKI, ARCHBISHOP OF MIAMI HONORED WITH THE TUITIO FIDEI AWARD FROM THE CUBAN ASSOCIATION

On Saturday, October 16, 2010 the Tuitio Fidei Award was given to the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami, a native of South Florida, because of his work as an active advocate on behalf of the Hispanic and Haitian communities in South Florida. The ceremony took place at the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida, during the White Cross Ball of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta.
In May 2012, The Most Reverend Archbishop Wenski was named Chief Chaplain of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta, where he has been a Conventual Chaplain, ad honorem, since 1999.
Archbishop Wenski was ordained priest in 1976 and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Miami in 1997. Since then he has been active with the Hispanic and Haitian communities in South Florida. He was named in 1996 Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Charities in Miami, one of the largest Catholic social service agencies in the United States. In this capacity he helped forge a collaborative relationship with Caritas Cuba, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in the island, which he has continued during his seven years as Bishop of Orlando.
Since early 1996 he has traveled to Cuba on many occasions on behalf of the Church. He has been a Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta since 1999.
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him in April 2010 as the fourth Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami, which includes the seven dioceses of the State of Florida.
In addition to his Episcopal duties, the Most Reverend Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski served on numerous boards including Catholic Hospice, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Legal Services and St. Thomas University. He served as chair of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration. He also served on Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and the Coordinating Council of Broward, and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Council on Homelessness in 2001 and the Task Force on Haiti in 2004.