Category: Miami

They cheer for each other

MIAMI  |  Some teams win four consecutive state championships and treat their expertise as state secrets, to be guarded at all costs. St. Brendan cheerleading coach Arlenee Suarez saw an opportunity to build the sport among schools in the Archdiocese of Miami. While the Sabres won their fourth consecutive state championship and posted their first… Read more »

‘God is here’

MIAMI  |  Silvia Muñoz never imagined that helping people arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico would trigger memories of one of the most painful moments of her life. Muñoz, director of social action for the Jesuits’ Pedro Arrupe Institute in Miami, spent two weeks this March volunteering at Casa Oscar Romero in El Paso,… Read more »

Columbus High turns history into inspiration

MIAMI  |  To celebrate Black History Month more deeply, Christopher Columbus High School launched a new lecture series this year featuring African-American professionals who persevered to achieve, serve and lead in the legal, military and academic fields. And its growing ranks of 60 African-American students led the welcome team. Kicking off the series, which lasted… 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 »

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 »

Seven decades of memories

MIAMI  |  Whenever alumni of Sts. Peter and Paul School hear of 20th or 30th anniversary reunions, they just smile. In early April, they held their 70th.  Many of them became friends in first grade, just after World War II. They studied, danced, played ball, tossed water balloons, went to movies together — and kept… Read more »

Interview with departing Miami bishop: ‘I’m leaving behind a part of me’

Miami auxiliary elevated to bishop of New Mexico diocese MIAMI | Bishop Peter Baldacchino described himself as “happy but also torn inside” at the news of his appointment as the third bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. “I’m leaving behind a part of me,” he said during a sit-down with Miami media… Read more »

Bishop: Nicaragua is a ‘kidnapped nation’

MIAMI | In an exclusive interview days before traveling to Rome, Managua’s Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Báez said his country “is a nation kidnapped” by a government that has entrenched itself through “the destruction of democratic institutions, lies and corruption.” “Add to that the violent and criminal repression and abuse of human rights and personal liberties”… Read more »

Pope Francis names Bishop Baldacchino to lead Las Cruces diocese

Vatican City | Pope Francis Wednesday appointed Bishop Peter Baldacchino to head the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico – making him the first diocesan bishop associated with the Neocatechumenal Way to serve in a mainland U.S. diocese. Baldacchino, 58, has been an auxiliary bishop of Miami, Florida, since 2014. He was ordained a priest… Read more »

An Easter conversion: Muslim father brings his children home

OAKLAND PARK | Muslim Christopher Booty questioned the religion he practiced. So, he looked back into history, tracing the roots of Islam and other world religions. When he met up with Jesus Christ and learned about God’s mercy, he was hooked. Christopher and his wife, Kristin, are being baptized during the Easter Vigil at Blessed… Read more »