Category: Dioceses

Orlando priest looks to the future as bishop of Savannah

ORLANDO  |  After serving in the Catholic ministry in the Diocese of Orlando for 22 years, Father Stephen Parkes will greet the parishioners of the Diocese of Savannah as their new bishop Sept. 23, 2020.  It was in July that Bishop-Elect Parkes received a life-changing phone call from Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The apostolic nuncio to… Read more »

Catholic Charities launches national program locally — Walking with Moms in Need

ORLANDO  |  Jessica Greponne pulled up as volunteers sprang into action at Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s first diaper distribution – their first step in Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service, an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Greponne’s 2-year-old daughter smiled and waved, squealing with delight from her car… Read more »

Marian icon honored by Pahokee parishioners

Pahokee  |  Many people travel to shrines around the world to pray and find peace, but there is a beautiful place of pilgrimage right here in the Diocese of Palm Beach.  St. Mary Church in Pahokee is often called the “Bethlehem of the Diocese of Palm Beach” because of its location amidst the southern edge… Read more »

CCUSA anniversary to be celebrated by Bishop

Venice  |  This year marks the 110th anniversary of the founding of Catholic Charities, USA (CCUSA), and part of that celebration has a connection to the Diocese of Venice. Bishop Frank J. Dewane, who is the Episcopal Advisor to CCUSA, will be celebrating a Mass which will be streamed live from Epiphany Cathedral in Venice… Read more »

Schools, Parish mark 9/11 anniversary

Naples  |  A global pandemic did not diminish the memories of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists struck in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, leaving behind thousands of dead while showing the world the face of true heroism. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks was marked throughout the Diocese of Venice at Parishes and… Read more »

Human trafficking victims afforded dignity through grant

Riviera Beach  |  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many assistance programs are struggling to meet the needs of the community, especially as they face unprecedented long-term effects due to a shortage in monetary giving and volunteer limitations.  However, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach celebrated a grant awarded to the Anti-Human… Read more »

40 Days for Life kicks off in Fort Myers, Sarasota

Fort Myers  |  The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life begins Sept. 23, 2020, and runs until Sunday, Nov. 1, with local vigils taking place in Sarasota and Fort Myers. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a… Read more »

Our Lady celebrated in Sarasota

Sarasota  |  Nuestra Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (Our Lady of Charity of Copper) holds a special place in the heart of Isabel Diaz because she provides a connection to her heritage as an American-born Cuban. “This devotion goes back in my family many generations and the stories of the celebrations on this day… Read more »

Diocese hosts first Renewing Catholic Family Life workshop

LAKELAND  |  Inspired by a summit on family life and the new Directory of Catechesis, staff from the Diocese of Orlando’s Secretariat for Laity, Family, and Life hosted their first Renewing Catholic Family Life workshop at Resurrection Parish in Lakeland, Sept. 12, 2020. Parents, children, and catechists came to learn how to be stronger witnesses… Read more »

Rituals and traditions rooted in Jesus Christ

ORLANDO  |  Several years ago, my Protestant grandparents asked to attend a Holy Week service. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of our Catholic faith as well as expose them to the richness of our tradition. I decided to give them the works. So, we attended the Palm Sunday liturgy with Bishop… Read more »