Category: Florida

Catholic alumni praise 2020 grads in YouTube video

ORLANDO | Despite not being able to complete their senior year in the classroom, this year will be memorable for the class of 2020. This year’s graduating class have endured a worldwide virus, a quarantine and will face a job market unlike other years — combining a recession with a conflicted reality of life during… Read more »

Pope Francis promotes Florida priest as new Texas bishop

Bishop-elect Toups to Florida faith family: ‘Thank you for loving me.’ ORLANDO | With bittersweet joy, June 9, 2020 will be remembered as a monumental day in the career of Mgsr. David L. Toups, rector and president of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach. Because on June 9 Pope Francis made the announcement… Read more »

Advocates offer essential food to essential workers

DADE CITY  |  Rosa M. is a resident of Dade City who works in construction.  But because of shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she hasn’t had work since February. But she does not receive food stamps, does not receive unemployment and is not eligible for a stimulus payments.  She has struggled for the past… Read more »

Fla. attorney credits family, Catholic faith for helping others

ORLANDO  |  “I am very blessed,” said Andrew J. Chemlir when asked of his opportunities to have a family that supports him and a profession that enables him to assist those in need.  Sitting behind his desk, engulfed by diplomas and certifications that grace the walls of his quiet office, Chemlir anxiously prepares to answer… Read more »

Global pandemic brings worldwide unity through charity

ORLANDO  |  This May 5, 2020 begins #GivingTuesdayNow, a new day of kindness inspired from the dire effects of the coronavirus.  Formed in 2012, GivingTuesday is a global movement hoping to set free the individual and collective powers of people and businesses around the globe to encourage goodwill.  There is no one way to engage. Any act… Read more »

Catholic nurses often only spiritual connection to hospitalized patients

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | A tightening of some hospital visitor restrictions on religious ministers and patient family members has begun as the coronavirus pandemic ramps up around the U.S. “It has been about two weeks — it started out with a limit on the times ministers or family members could come in, then a… Read more »

Farmworker life in the wake of citrus decline

Editor’s note: Farmworkers interviewed in this article asked their last names not to be used. To contribute to our Long Sleeve Relief Campaign which helps farmworkers in need, click on the link on our Home Page or https://thefloridacatholic.org/lsr/ FELLSMERE  | In its heyday, a spectrum of various colors of oranges and yellows from citrus fruit… Read more »

Florida dioceses adopt wide-ranging plans to limit spread of coronavirus

ORLANDO  |  As the state of Florida has confirmed three known cases of COVID-19, Florida’s dioceses are joining dioceses nationwide in taking precautions to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. Diocesan websites in Florida are posting letters from their bishops and guidelines that remind parishioners to take commonsense steps related to hygiene in their… Read more »

Time for long-sleeve relief

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ORLANDO | The Long Sleeve Relief is a campaign that has been a Lenten staple for Florida Catholic readers for 15 years.  This year, the publication hopes the annual event, from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 to Holy Thursday, April 9, will again inspire readers to serve an important need for workers who toil in Florida’s sun while… Read more »