Category: Florida

Gov. Desantis: Use budget to eliminate student waiting list

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ORLANDO  |  Stating one of the most “important things” a society could provide is an education for children, Florida Gov. Ron Desantis announced plans to relinquish waiting lists for two “equal opportunity” scholarships by committing $100 million from the state general funds. With more than 13,000 students from low-income families on the waiting list for… Read more »

FCCW reveal strengths in constant service

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ORLANDO  |  When Hurricane Michael made landfall in early October 2018, it caused the Florida Council of Catholic Women to reschedule its biennial meeting in celebration of the province’s 50th anniversary. What the storm did not do was daunt the spirits and true grit of the council, which spur into action to help those hit… Read more »

Florida Catholic school’s prayer service marks school shooting anniversary

PARKLAND | One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims. The event was attended by teachers, staff, students, parents and invited guests, including Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and the parents, family… Read more »

Rubio: Blocking aid to Venezuela is a ‘crime against humanity’

Washington D.C.  |  Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared a blockade stopping food and medical aid from entering the country to a war crime. The senator said leaders of the country’s security forces must choose between their orders and the needs of their families, neighbors and… Read more »

Catholic schools continue to dominate sports

ORLANDO | With another season of fall and winter sports in the record books, Catholic schools of the dioceses of Orlando, Palm Beach and Venice posted some impressive victories. Trinity Catholic’s volleyball team in Ocala and Blair Isenhour, a diver for Bishop Moore in Orlando, each won state titles. Trinity Catholic beat Sarasota Cardinal Mooney… Read more »

Weightlifting offers strength of body, mind, self

SARASOTA | Ashley Savigne looked intently at the barbell for her deadlift. The 45-pound bar had 10-pound plates on each side. The high school sophomore took a deep breath and, with a look of determination, bent in the squat position. Her hips were slightly higher than her knees, as they should be. She picked up… Read more »

Ocala students discover how stewardship is a way of life

OCALA | Blessed Trinity students are learning how the adage, “it is a blessing to receive, and more of a blessing to give,” is a true statement to incorporate in their daily lives. “All blessings and gifts come from God, and we are only stewards of these gifts and blessings. We are responsible for what… Read more »

School provides hope to immigrant, migrant families

INDIANTOWN | Miracles happen every day at one Catholic school dedicated to educating, supporting and giving hope to mostly immigrant and migrant families and their children over the decades and generations. “Visitors to Hope Rural School will often say, ‘I didn’t know this wonderful school existed,’” said Dominican Sister Elizabeth Dunn, director of the nonprofit… Read more »

Before Thanksgiving, Miami parish makes pilgrimage to hurricane zone

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. | Moved by their own good fortune at dodging recent hurricanes, a Miami community expressed their gratitude by sending a convoy of volunteers and donations to Hurricane Michael’s ground zero in the state’s panhandle region in time for Thanksgiving. After seeing a memo calling for a second parish collection for the people… Read more »

Florida bishops praise result as 1.5 million former felons get votes

Tallahassee, Fla. | On Tuesday Nov. 6, Florida voted overwhelmingly to amend the state constitution to return the right to vote to convicted felons who had served their sentence. Amendment 4 appeared on the midterm ballot across the state and its passage will restore voting rights to 1.5 million people. The measure applies to felons… Read more »