Category: Miami

After El Paso: Offering awareness through pastoral letter, teach-in

ORLANDO | Although the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart happened three months ago, the shocking aftereffects of the tragedy continue to ripple throughout the border area community. The incident made national news, as the location of the murder scene was chosen for its largely Latino population. For Bishop Mark Seitz, shepherd of the… Read more »

A lifesaving alternative to baby abandonment

Miami man continues his Safe Haven for Newborns mission statewide and beyond MIAMI | Formerly an information technology business owner, Nick Silverio doesn’t sit still for long before thinking up new ways to make it easier for women with crisis pregnancies to make good choices.  Created in 2001 following the tragic passing of Silverio’s wife… Read more »

Tennis pro Monica Puig goes back to school

Gold medalist grateful for education, faith formation she received at St. Thomas the Apostle MIAMI | In 2018, during a visit to her Miami home, Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist and tennis pro Monica Puig stopped by St. Thomas the Apostle Church with her mother to visit the Blessed Sacrament. It is a tradition the… Read more »

See Jesus, see the poor

Death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean recalls her spiritual journey in new book CORAL GABLES | Sister Helen Prejean didn’t hear the cry of the poor until she got Jesus right. “I didn’t hear their cry right there in New Orleans, with 10 major housing projects filled with struggling African-Americans,” said Sister Prejean, 80, in… Read more »

Bereavement camp helps kids, teens deal with death, grief

FORT LAUDERDALE | When a loved one dies, a process unfolds: funeral arrangements, visits from family and friends, condolences, flowers, cards, and even food for the family of the deceased; followed, for Catholics, by a solemn Mass and burial. Essentially, death is an adult affair. But what happens to the children and teens of the… Read more »

Bahamas attorney fears Dorian’s impact on undocumented Haitians

MIAMI  |  An attorney in the Bahamas said by phone Sept. 5 that he fears Hurricane Dorian has devastated the undocumented Haitian immigrant communities in the northern Bahamas.  Geoffrey Farquharson, who practices law in Nassau and graduated from St. Augustine’s College, a high school there, said that two settlements of Haitians in Great Abaco Island’s… Read more »

‘Not leaving, being sent’

MIAMI  |  Claudia and Thomas Botero had been away from the Church for a long time. When their two children were born, they thought about going back. Although they tried many times, nothing attracted them.  Until one day, when they attended a Mass where the homilist’s message was “no matter the situation, come to me,… Read more »

Remembering when ‘the Eagle landed’

moon landing

MIAMI | Jesuit Father Pedro Cartaya remembers shaking hands with astronaut Neil Armstrong. On Aug. 5, 1969, the priest was in New York City, among the crowd waiting to see the parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts. As the vehicle with the astronauts came by, Father Cartaya was fortunate enough to quickly shake hands with… Read more »

No faith, no future

MIAMI  |  If faith without works is dead, then preaching stewardship without converting people to the Gospel is equally futile. That was the message repeated by speakers at the second Florida Statewide Stewardship Day, held May 4 in Miami, which drew over 300 people from all seven Florida dioceses. A full slate of speakers helped… Read more »

Nothing could STEM her dreams

MIAMI GARDENS  |  When Vanessa Perez Robles was 15, a cousin in his 20s visiting from Colombia asked her what she wanted to study in college.  “Engineering,” she had replied. His response had been: “That’s not a job for a girl!” That reaction made no difference to her. But she noticed it did matter to… Read more »