Category: Florida

USCCB hold their conference in Miami for the first time

FORT LAUDERDALE | The weeklong assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the first time the group has ever met in the Archdiocese of Miami. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, the host for the conference, allowed himself to enjoy the victory. He said he’d invited the USCCB to South Florida years ago. The… Read more »

At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions’ asylum decision

FORT LAUDERDALE | The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. “At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” the bishops’ statement said. They urged the nation’s policymakers and courts “to… Read more »

Musician to continue Catholic education

ORLANDO | While most people might not recognize the tuba as a complex instrument, Luis Marull not only understands the complexity of the tuba, he demonstrates it musically. “I would say hitting a note is easy, but manipulating a note is a different story,” said the 18-year-old high school graduate. “By the different way you… Read more »

Knights of Columbus shine brightly in Florida

ORLANDO | The Florida State Knights of Columbus Convention was held May 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. In attendance were over 1,000 Knights and their families from across Florida and the Bahamas, along with six bishops and 12 priests. The theme, “Let Your Light Shine,” comes from the Gospel… Read more »

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church makes history with two ordinations

WASHINGTON | In a June 2 ceremony in Tampa, Florida, Father Rajeev Philip became the second U.S.-born priest to be ordained for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. His ordination came about a month after that of U.S.-born Father Kevin Mundackal. In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service May 31, two days before his ordination, Father… Read more »

2018 Grads: Service and sports top student’s high school memories

LAKELAND | During her time in high school, Kourtney Jones played dozens of games of volleyball, basketball and softball, took classes including some for college credit and volunteered many hours with Special Olympics. But what the recent graduate of Santa Fe will most remember about her experience at the Lakeland high school is how much… Read more »

Start bidding! Long Sleeve Relief auction has begun

Access the auction at: ORLANDO | Florida Catholic’s online auction to benefit Florida’s farmworkers has been delayed a week. Originally the auction was to start May 6, but now it will start May 13. It will run for 10 days and all proceeds will be donated to the Florida Farmworker Assocation. The postponement was… Read more »

EWTN to air documentary on the Florida Martyrs in June

Famed “Miracle Hunter” Michael O’Neill’s original EWTN series They Might Be Saints will air a special one-hour episode on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 p.m. featuring the proposed Martyrs of la Florida. The cause for the Martyrs of la Florida was formally opened on Oct. 12, 2015 in Tallahassee and is currently being prepared for… Read more »

2018 Eucharistic Congress: Catholics called to love, active service

JACKSONVILLE | Catholics are responsible for sharing Christ in an age and culture both ignorant of and hostile to the values of the Gospel. That was the consistent message presented to the 5,000 or more Catholic faithful during the 2018 Eucharistic Congress held March 16-17 at the Prime F. Osborn III Center in Jacksonville. Speakers… Read more »

It’s time to collect Long Sleeve shirts

Readers enlisted to donate to annual Lenten campaign ORLANDO | In the past 13 years, the Long Sleeve Relief campaign for farmworkers has done more than just collected tons and tons of shirts. The Florida Catholic started the campaign in 2005, and its goal was to provide clean, long-sleeved shirts to protect farmworkers. And people… Read more »