Category: Florida

Governor quickly signs death penalty sentencing bill

TALLAHASSEE | In a second attempt to “fix” the death penalty in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law March 13 that would allow the state to once again start executing Death Row inmates and prosecute death penalty cases. With legislators just returning to session, the signing of the law comes quickly. According to The… Read more »

President Trump visits Orlando Catholic school

ORLANDO  |  St. Andrew School in Orlando hosted several dignitaries, including the president of the United States, March 3. President Donald Trump, along with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, toured two classrooms at the school and then participated in a roundtable discussion concerning the benefits of… Read more »

Annual campaign shines light on farmworker issues

ORLANDO  |  As Catholics embark on the season of fasting and abstinence, it might be the best time to think about the question: “Who provided the food on my table?” Farmworkers toil in the fields and serve a critical function for all Americans, yet they are hidden in the shadows of American society. That is… Read more »

Fatima statue visits Florida, celebrates 100th anniversary

Nearly a century ago, three small children were tending sheep along the meadows of Fatima, Portugal, when a great light appeared followed by a message of peace from an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It would be a revelation that would resonate with faithful and war-wearied believers around a world already in upheaval. Decades… Read more »

Bishops appeal for mercy for accused priest killer

SAVANNAH, Ga.  |   Saying “justice needs to be tamed by mercy,” Bishop Felipé Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and two brother bishops called Tuesday for the state of Georgia to drop the death penalty in the case of accused priest killer Steven J. Murray. “We have great respect for the legal system and… Read more »

Project shows handy way to use 3-D printers

ORLANDO  |  Like many Catholic schools, Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth strives to expand students’ horizons in the area of faith, academics, service and technology. For the 10th year, the kindergarten-through-grade-eight school will compete in Odyssey of the Mind, and it also has a competitive Lego Robotics program. STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art… Read more »

‘I love this place; I am going to grieve leaving’

Bishop Lynch reflects on his diocese, his priesthood and his fellow bishops ST. PETERSBURG  |  Large windows in the office of Bishop Robert N. Lynch reveal a landscape of palm fronds and branches bursting with live oak leaves. The setting is characteristic of the five-county diocese Bishop Lynch has shepherded for almost 21 years. Visitors… Read more »

Bishop with the heart of a parish priest

ORLANDO  |  On Nov. 12, Bishop Gregory Parkes received a phone call from an area code he was not accustomed to seeing. He was trying to get to a function while attending the meeting of U.S. bishops in Washington, D.C., so the bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee took the call on his cellphone on the fly. But… Read more »

Bishop Parkes installed as fifth bishop of St. Petersburg

On Jan. 21, 1996, a seminarian by the name of Gregory Parkes sat next to his brother Stephen, who was also a seminarian, to witness the ordination of Msgr. Robert N. Lynch as bishop of the St. Petersburg Diocese. Fast forward to Jan. 4, 2017 — almost 21 years to the day — the 75-year-old… Read more »

Bishop Lynch of St. Petersburg retires; Bishop Parkes named successor

ST. PETERSBURG | On Nov. 28, 1995, Bishop Robert N. Lynch got a call from the papal nuncio that he would be the bishop of the St. Petersburg Diocese. Fast forward 21 years to the day, Bishop Lynch stood before members of the Pastoral Center and journalists of the Tampa Bay press to say St…. Read more »