Category: Florida

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 »

Florida bishop concerned U.S. won’t meet carbon emission goals after Trump order

WASHINGTON  |  President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for a review of the Clean Power Plan jeopardizes environmental protections and moves the country away from a national carbon standard to help meet domestic and international goals to ease greenhouse gas emissions, said the chairman of a U.S. bishops’ committee. The executive order, signed March 28… Read more »

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 »