Category: Schools

Bishop Verot High football season opens

Fort Myers  |  The atmosphere was charged with excitement as the Bishop Verot Catholic High School Viking Football Team kicked off its season Sept. 4, 2020, at home in Fort Myers. The crowd roared as the players ran through a tunnel and onto the field for the first time, flanked by cheerleaders and looking eager… Read more »

Faith formation continues on parish level during COVID

ORLANDO  |  When Florida shut down in March due to COVID-19, many residents of the Sunshine State hoped the pandemic would run its course by now. But it hasn’t.  A heavy topic on the minds of much of the population centers around education. Remote learning or brick and mortar learning are the two choices faced… Read more »

Teachers, students stay grounded amidst COVID

ORLANDO  |  Teachers and students are feeling the stress of education under pandemic circumstances. Worst yet, no one knows what long-term effects distance learning and extended quarantines will have on humanity.  “It’s been a rough start,” acknowledged Pat Lopez referring to the start of the new school year. A Spanish teacher at Hagerty High School… Read more »

ADA at 30: How the American Disabilities Act changed the lives of the disabled

ORLANDO  |  Kathy Becht recalls injuring her foot and requiring a knee scooter while in Washington, D.C., five years ago. She was astounded at how difficult it was to get around. Maneuvering brick sidewalks and broken metro elevators made it strenuous at best, dangerous at its worst. She imagined how much harder it would be… Read more »

Bishop celebrates outdoor Mass at University

Ave Maria  |  The Ave Maria University 2020-2021 academic year opened with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane Aug. 24, 2020. Mass was celebrated outdoors to allow for appropriate social distancing on the academic mall in front of the Thomas & Shelby Prince Building, home of the St. Mother Teresa Museum, on the… Read more »

Diocesan schools get into swing of new year

Naples  |  A few rain showers, rainbows, a power outage, Mass, an eye on the tropics and thousands of students filing into the classrooms were just some of the highlights of the first week in the Diocese of Venice Catholic schools academic year. Opening the schools amid a global Pandemic posed many challenges, but the… Read more »

Schools strive to model social justice

ORLANDO  |  Over the past decade, Henry Fortier has sought to animate the values of Catholic social teaching in the Diocese of Orlando’s Catholic schools, so that staff and student bodies may better reflect local communities and promote the dignity of each person. “We’ve been very intentional about making sure that we reflect the breadth… Read more »

Seminarians end summer united in Christ

VENICE  |  The seminarians of the Diocese of Venice have had an eventful past five months, but they are now returning to their respective seminaries after having gathered as a group one last time this summer. The group has a story to tell having had their spring semester disrupted by a global pandemic. Many have… Read more »

Diocesan Catholic schools open

Sarasota  |  The first day for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Venice was Aug. 17, 2020, and encompassed the usual mix of excitement, tears (children and parents) and reunions among friends. The necessary differences for the 2020-2021 academic year also included wellness checks, face coverings, hand washing and social distancing. As the car line… Read more »

Florida’s oldest priest dies, served throughout state

Brooksville  |  Msgr. George W. Cummings, a priest ordained for Florida’s mother Diocese of St. Augustine who served parishes across the Sunshine State, died Aug. 8, 2020, in Brooksville. He was 102. Although born in Bridgeport, Connecticut before the end of WWI, he attended St. Paul School in St. Petersburg shortly after it was formed…. Read more »