Category: Orlando

Campers prepare for the kingdom

WINTER PARK  |  Despite the heat, campers at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center’s middle school overnight camp enjoyed the Florida sun and grew in their faith through talks, interactive programs, Mass and adoration. From canoeing to swimming and outdoor games, the sixth through eighth-graders learned “The Kingdom Awaits.” “We talked about God and his love… Read more »

Catholic Volunteers expand God’s kingdom

ORLANDO  |  Since 1983, an estimated 400 volunteers have served with Catholic Volunteers in Florida. Their service transformed their lives and those they served. Partnering with more than 40 agencies through the state, these men and women of all faiths continue to answer God’s call to serve “the least of these” (Mt 25:41). “One of… Read more »

Convalidation: A journey to covenantal love

Orlando  | Kimberly and Amon Guerrero met in Guam soon after high school. They had dated for six years when Amon, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Ft. Stewart, Georgia, was deployed to Iraq.  “Tensions were high on the world stage and talks of war were going around,” said Kimberly, as she recalled… Read more »

DeSantis approves death warrant for Jacksonville inmate

Orlando  |  Florida State Prison death row inmate Gary Ray Bowles faces an Aug. 22 execution. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Bowles death warrant after serving 25 years in prison for the conviction of several murders. Serving life sentences for the 1994 murders of Albert Morris in Nassau County and John Roberts in Volusia… Read more »

Water springs hope to remote town

LA CUEVA, Dominican Republic  |  Seventy-one-year-old Francisco “Lyn” has never had running water in his home. To water his fields, he relies on water brought from a stream, a 40-minute walk down a steep mountainside. Balancing the five-gallon buckets on their heads, the women of La Cueva make the trip two or three times per… Read more »

UCF Catholic community testifies to God’s love

ORLANDO  |  Seth Brockett woke up the morning of Easter Vigil with a smile on his face. He carefully chose his outfit and tie. He settled on a “nice, blue floral one,” he recalls. “The entire drive (to Annunciation Parish in Altamonte Springs) I was really excited because it was the day I was finally… Read more »

MCC Hustlers win state championship

FORT MYERS  |  The Florida High School Athletic Association Class 5A state baseball championship game became a test of wills. Because of several unexpected heroes, Melbourne Central Catholic won a state championship. Bryce D.’s pinch-hit three-run double broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, and Shea J. closed the door to help the Hustlers… Read more »

Chaplains serve those who sacrifice for country

ORLANDO  |  Growing up while his father served in the U.S. Air Force, Father Chris Dorsey was always around military bases.  “A lot of times, the chapel on base was where we would go to Mass on Sundays,” he recalled. “It was just part of my faith growing up, seeing (chaplains), not just how they… Read more »

Dominicans honor God through invisible moments

Dominican Republic  |  In the mountains of Dominican Republic, Good Friday is the only day of the year when no one mounts and rides a mule, honoring of the death of Jesus. This is just one of the Holy Week rituals of the humble people in the Dominican Republic.  “These moments are invisible to the… Read more »

Why May is the month of Mary?

ORLANDO  |  Catholic churches and schools throughout the world crown images of Mary, pray the rosary and special Marian novenas, and recognize Marian feast days, all honoring the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Today the Diocese of Orlando Catholic schools continues the tradition devoted to the Blessed Mother. So when did May become the month… Read more »