Category: Florida

Black Catholics urged to ‘listen, learn, think, act and pray

ORLANDO  |  United by the words of the prophet of social justice, Church leaders urged black Catholics to become active, just disciples of Christ. More than 2,000 converged on Orlando July 6-9 for the 12th National Black Catholic Congress where speakers — clergy, lay and religious — addressed a variety of topics and concerns facing… Read more »

Florida delegates, bishops take stock of 2017 convocation

ORLANDO  |  A national Church gathering this large and unprecedented was bound to evoke laughter, tears, intellectual debate, straight talk and motivational language, as well as serendipitous, grace-filled encounters among laity, clergy, presenters and a small army of event staff. For the nearly 3,500 persons who attended the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders, the July… Read more »

This is your moment to evangelize, convocation delegates told

ORLANDO  | Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl urged participants at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” to take a look at each other in the hotel ballroom and realize that they, as lay leaders in the church, are responsible for spreading the Gospel message and they shouldn’t waste the… Read more »

Convocation delegates urged to take Gospel to struggling people everywhere

ORLANDO  |  Being Christian is more than accepting Jesus as savior, but requires the faithful to go to the peripheries of society where people are struggling materially and spiritually, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” “Jesus calls us to follow him…. Read more »

Orlando to be host of historic convocation

ORLANDO | The Florida Province will play host to this national gathering of up to 3,000 U.S. Catholic lay leaders and clergy, who are coming together at the behest of the U.S. bishops for a historic conversation on the current state of Church evangelization efforts in America. The convocation events are set for July 1-4… Read more »

Faithful Catholic, former Florida Catholic staffer, dies

ORLANDO | No one wielded a green pen as an editor of the Florida Catholic newspaper quite like Mary Regina Armstrong. When she retired for the second time as a part-time copy editor/proofreader, the paper wanted to retire green pens as well. On June 13, Armstrong, known lovingly as Regina, died at her home in… Read more »

Pope names new shepherd for Pensacola-Tallahassee

At 5:15 a.m. Central Time May 29, Holy Cross Father William Wack offered the following Twitter post: “Pope Francis is a pope of many surprises. I just didn’t think that I would be one of them! #blessed.” The sun had yet to rise in Austin, Texas, where the 49-year-old has served as pastor of St…. Read more »

Four high school graduates reveal how Catholic schools produce the best and brightest

ORLANDO  |  Scholars. Volunteers. Athletes. Those are distinctions many graduates of Catholic high schools for the class of 2017. To celebrate the graduations of 1,438 students of Catholic high schools in the dioceses of Venice (339 graduates in three high schools), Palm Beach (363 graduates in three high schools) and Orlando (736 graduates in five… Read more »

Bishop Daily, founding bishop of Palm Beach, dies

DOUGLASTON, N.Y.  |  Retired Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn, N.Y., who headed the diocese from 1990 until his retirement in 2003, died early May 15 at the Immaculate Conception Center’s Bishop Mugavero Residence in Douglaston in the borough of Queens. He was 89. Bishop Daily holds a permanent place in the Catholic Church of… Read more »