Our parish was established on July 1, 2001 with Father Paul E. Edwards as Administrator. Early in July, Father Paul conducted introductory meetings about our new parish and gave his vision for our future. Over 200 people attended the meetings that were conducted in both English and Spanish. During the month of August, 20 parishioners each dedicated over 20 hours of service to our parish in preparing a mailing to over 14,000 households announcing our arrival. The first Masses were held at Indian Trace Elementary School on Sunday, September 16, 2001 – just days after the tragic events of the World Trade Center. There were over 1500 people that attended; 669 at the English Mass and 889 at the Spanish mass. Everyone’s life had changed. Life in the City of Weston also changed.
On Sunday, March 3, 2002 we held our Inaugural Saint Katharine Drexel Feast Day Celebration at Markham Park. This consisted of an outdoor Mass, presided by Bishop Thomas Wenski, which was followed by a parish picnic with lots of food and games. This event is held annually around March 3, the Feast Day of Saint Katharine Drexel.
As we approached our first anniversary, Father Paul has asked those members of the parish, who were here in the first year of the parish, and who would like to make a total commitment to the parish, to become “Founding Members”.
Founding Members are those that will commit to the task of laying a solid foundation for this parish community and extend God’s kingdom in this part of the world.
On Sunday, September 15, 2002, after negotiations to rent space at 2700 Glades Circle we moved into our own place of worship and have been there ever since. Plans to build the new church were sadly interrupted by Fr. Paul’s diagnosis in August 2005 with a brain tumor, which turned out to be malignant and led to his eventual death on April 22, 2006.
In September 2005, Fr. Andrzej (Andrew) Pietrazko, who had previously been assigned to St. Katharine Drexel as Deacon, took over the administration of the parish on an interim basis until December 2005, when he received another assignment. In that same month Fr. Jorge Bello was appointed Temporary Administrator and was with us until the end of May 2006 when we were blessed by Archbishop John Clement Favalora’s announcement of the appointment of Fr. Pedro M. Corces as our Parish Administrator. Subsequently, on March 25, 2007, Fr. Pedro was appointed Pastor of Sr. Katharine Drexel Church.
The parish has seen considerable turnover. In 2002 when we started Religious Education (CCD) we had 114 children registered. In 2012 there are 700. Some of our founding members have moved to other parts of the country, but this is more than compensated by an influx of new parishioners, who number an estimated 1,200 families.
In April 2010 Archbishop John Clement Favalora announced the appointment of bishop Enrique Delgado as our Parish Administrator to replace Fr. Pedro Corces.
Bishop Enrique worked very hard with the parishioners to get the money to build the multipurpose building that was dedicated on February 16, 2014.
March 5, 1954 – April 22, 2006
On March 20, 2001 Father Paul was asked by Archbishop Favalora to found a parish in the city of Weston. Saint Katharine Drexel Parish was canonically erected on July 1, 2001 with Father Paul E. Edwards assigned as its administrator. Father Paul gathered parishioners for the first Sunday Masses at Indian Trace Elementary School on September 16, 2001, just five days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On October 7, 2002, coinciding with the 44th anniversary of the canonical erection of the Archdiocese of Miami, Father Paul was canonically installed as the Founding Pastor of the parish by Msgr. Noel Fogarty, the local dean.
On April 22, 2006, Father Paul passed away peacefully from a brain tumor with his family by his side.
He entered St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach in the fall of 1984. He holds an A.A degree from Miami Dade College Community College, a B.A. degree from St. Thomas University in Religious Studies and in 1988 graduated Summa Cum Laude M.A. in Theology from St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary. He was ordained Deacon on January 2, 1988 and Priest on May 21 of the same year.
His first assignment was at Corpus Christi Church in Miami. Then he was assigned to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables for three years. From 1996 to 2006 he was named Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Miami. During those years Father Pedro was also the Administrator of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Miami from 2004 to 2005 and he served as Spiritual Director in AIDS and HIV Ministries and parish retreats.
On May 23 Archbishop John C. Favalora appointed Father Pedro as Administrator of St Katharine Drexel Catholic in Weston, effective June 5, 2006. A year later, on March 25, 2007, was appointed Pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, and the Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Rev. John Noonan.
Fr. Pedro left St. Katharine Drexel on June 21, 2010 to join the Formation Program of the Holy Name Province of the OFM’s (Franciscan Friars) in New York. He came back to Miami on 2011 and he was appointed Pastor of St. Rose of Lima.
Bishop Enrique Delgado was born in Peru on December 26, 1955. He holds a bachelor degree as Industrial Engineer and got the call to serve the Lord after earning his Master’s degree in Economy.
Bishop Enrique joined the seminary on 1991. In 1995, he finished a Master in Theology and in 1996 a Master of Divinity. He received the Sacrament of the Holy Orders on June 29, 1996, in a Holy Mass in Peru officiated by Msgr. Agustin Roman.
Bishop Enrique worked for seven years as Pastor of St. Justin Martyr in Key Largo, FL. He worked before in St. Agnes, Key Biscayne and Nativity, Hollywood.
In April 2010, Archbishop John Clement Favalora announced the appointment of Bishop Enrique Delgado as Pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish effective August 1st. 2010.
Bishop Enrique finished his Doctoral studies in Practical Theology on December 19, 2015. His PHD Dissertation can be downloaded under A Word From Our Pastor Section, or by