Category: Orlando

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 »

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 »

15 men to be ordained to the diaconate

ORLANDO  |  In 2009, 14 men were ordained to the permanent diaconate. On Oct. 3, 2020, 15 men will be ordained to the Order of Deacon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ordination is by invitation only. The faithful may join Bishop John Noonan… Read more »

Faith formation continues on parish level during COVID

ORLANDO  |  When Florida shut down in March due to COVID-19, many residents of the Sunshine State hoped the pandemic would run its course by now. But it hasn’t.  A heavy topic on the minds of much of the population centers around education. Remote learning or brick and mortar learning are the two choices faced… Read more »

Teachers, students stay grounded amidst COVID

ORLANDO  |  Teachers and students are feeling the stress of education under pandemic circumstances. Worst yet, no one knows what long-term effects distance learning and extended quarantines will have on humanity.  “It’s been a rough start,” acknowledged Pat Lopez referring to the start of the new school year. A Spanish teacher at Hagerty High School… Read more »

New Directory for Catechesis emphasizes witness as evangelization

ORLANDO  |  The new “Directory for Catechesis,” released June 25, 2020, emphasizes evangelization as a dynamic catechesis, founded in the first Gospel proclamation. Renewing a commitment to providing an encounter with Christ, it draws attention to love and personal testimony as great contributors to successful evangelization and accompaniment. Expanding on every Catholic’s call to missionary… Read more »

Catholic Charities organize for elderly support during pandemic

ORLANDO  |  With mortality rates highest for the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida’s Catholic Charities are eager to ensure proper care for the seniors in their dioceses. Through various projects and programs, the Dioceses of Palm Beach and Orlando continue to express their faith in Christ by helping the elderly in need. From food… Read more »

ADA at 30: How the American Disabilities Act changed the lives of the disabled

ORLANDO  |  Kathy Becht recalls injuring her foot and requiring a knee scooter while in Washington, D.C., five years ago. She was astounded at how difficult it was to get around. Maneuvering brick sidewalks and broken metro elevators made it strenuous at best, dangerous at its worst. She imagined how much harder it would be… Read more »