Archbishop Thomas Wenski was born in West Palm Beach on October 18, 1950 and grew up in Lake Worth, where he attended Catholic school at his home parish, Sacred Heart. He studied at St. John Vianney Minor Seminary in Miami and later at St. Vincent de Paul Major Seminary in Boynton Beach and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami on May 15, 1976. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy (1972) and Master of Divinity (1975) from the Boynton Beach seminary; and in 1993 a Master of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University in New York.
As a priest, Father Wenski was known for his devoted support of the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Haitian community of South Florida. He served three years as associate pastor of Corpus Christi Church, a mainly Hispanic parish in Miami, until 1979, when he was sent to Haiti to learn Creole. Upon his return, he was assigned to the newly established Haitian Apostolate of the Archdiocese, first as associate director and later as director. Archbishop Wenski remains the only Florida native serving as a bishop in the state. Through the years, he served on a number of community and civic organizations, including Miami-Dade County's Homeless Trust, the Coordinating Council of Broward, the Florida Council on Homelessness and Gov. Jeb Bush's Task Force on Haiti.
On April 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the fourth Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami (which includes the seven dioceses of the State of Florida). The installation Mass took place June 1, 2010.
In addition to English, Archbishop Wenski is fluent in Haitian Creole and Spanish, and he speaks limited Polish. The archbishop's episcopal motto is "Omnia Omnibus", which means "all things to all men." The scriptural text is taken from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians (9:22): "I have become all things to all men, to save at least some."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun