Category: Miami

Lawyer sees her work as calling from God

MIAMI  |  Linda Dakin-Grimm earned a degree from Harvard Law School, then enjoyed more than three successful decades in corporate law. She never thought she would end up defending starving, suffering refugees against the U.S. government. Today, however, “I have a strong feeling that this is what I was meant to be doing,” said Dakin-Grimm,… Read more »

2 Catholic judges top short list as possible Court nominees

One of the judges on the short list is from Miami WASHINGTON | Two Catholic women judges are on the short list of possible candidates to fill the vacant Supreme Court justice seat after the Sept. 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The judges are Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge in… Read more »

From Miami to Santiago, Cubans look to patron saint for hope and unity

WASHINGTON | Even as the coronavirus pandemic limited attendance in churches, Cubans on the island and abroad packed churches and a shrine, from Miami to El Cobre, Cuba, for the Sept. 8 feast day of Our Lady of Charity. Bishops told Massgoers to seek refuge in Cuba’s patron saint during this turbulent time. Mary’s mission… Read more »

Four days into new post, Beaumont bishop prepares for Hurricane Laura

WASHINGTON | Growing up in Louisiana, Bishop David L. Toups is no stranger to hurricanes. Yet he never expected that less than a week into his first assignment as bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas, he’d be preparing to face a major hurricane. Hurricane Laura, by late Aug. 26, had intensified into a Category… Read more »

Seminarians end summer united in Christ

VENICE  |  The seminarians of the Diocese of Venice have had an eventful past five months, but they are now returning to their respective seminaries after having gathered as a group one last time this summer. The group has a story to tell having had their spring semester disrupted by a global pandemic. Many have… Read more »

Cover your face, wash your hands, keep your distance

MIAMI  |  Calling the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge of a lifetime, the nation’s top public health official traveled to Florida — a current hot spot — seeking ways to slow the deadly outbreak.  Specifically, he came to learn how one urban community has managed a particularly low incidence of infection among the homeless.  Dr. Jerome… Read more »

COVID pandemic affects seminarian assignments

ORLANDO  |  Each summer seminarians are assigned to a variety of opportunities designed to broaden their exposure to priestly life, expand their knowledge and improve their skills. The advent of COVID-19 limited those opportunities. No more trips abroad to learn a language (usually Spanish), or traveling to Creighton University for summer courses or the traditional… Read more »

Zoom allows AIM retreat to continue

Boca Raton  |  For more than 40 years, the Achieve, Inspire, Motivate (AIM) Ministry at St. Joan of Arc Church in Boca Raton has gathered annually for a weekend spiritual retreat tailored to individuals with physical disabilities.  This year, however, the beloved retreat was cancelled due to the current pandemic crisis. “Because of COVID-19, it… Read more »

Christ statue beheaded at Miami church in new Catholic statue attacks

MIAMI  |   In mid-July, the Archbishop of Miami told local police that the desecration of the statue of Christ should be treated as an act of hatred for the Church and faith.  According to Mary Ross Agosta, communications director for the Archdiocese of Miami, some time between late Tuesday night, July 14, 2020, and early Wednesday… Read more »

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

WASHINGTON | In a 7-2 decision July 8, the Supreme Court upheld regulations by the Trump administration giving employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans. The decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, said the administration had “the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers… Read more »