St. Dominic Catholic Church Celebrates 100 Years

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The St. Dominic Catholic Church celebrated its 100 year anniversary with a special mass service Saturday morning. 

Father Michael Nixon, who has been pastor for two years, invited Pensacola-Tallahassee Bishop-elect, William Wack to speak at the Mass.

Wack was called upon by an advisor for the Pope to come to the Panhandle, and he said the St. Dominic's celebration also marks an important occasion for him.

"This is my first celebration as bishop-elect of this diocese and it's so appropriate that we come to celebrate not a church building, and not this parish necessarily, but the people of God and what God has done here in St. Dominic," he said.

While Wack appreciated the members devotion to the church, Father Nixon reflected on the legacies they carry.

"Some of them were altar servers and things as little kids 70 years ago, so it's amazing -- and their parents and grandparents were the ones that built this church, so it's amazing to see that and their grandchildren and the families that continue to come," he said.

The church was dedicated to Saint Dominic in 1917, and has been apart of the community ever since.

Wack will oversee 54 churches in the Panhandle, and will be installed as bishop on August 22.

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