Category: Orlando

Old uniforms find new home in Botswana

MELBOURNE | Edwin Disang grew up in Mmadinare, Botswana. He came to the United States in 2001 on a college scholarship to Wallace State in Alabama, where he met Mike Burke, past president of Melbourne Central Catholic High School. Disang said soccer changed his life for the better and he had an idea of how… Read more »

Orlando Dioceses archivist finishes term on national council

ORLANDO  |  Upon completing her four-year term on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Advisory Council, Renae Bennett, archivist for the Diocese of Orlando described her service as “one of the most fulfilling experiences” of her life.  The opportunity is a distinct one, and serves to give voice to lay people as well as… Read more »

Palm Bay Haitians rejoice in Christ and culture

ORLANDO  |  The Haitian community celebrated 15 years of practicing their Catholic faith in Palm Bay. During an afternoon anniversary Mass on Sept. 29th, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church overflowed with a diverse crowd who clapped along and sang loudly as the choir played throughout the night. A celebration followed shortly after members of the Haitian… Read more »

Winter Haven priest is now proud U.S. citizen

WINTER HAVEN  |  Society of Divine Vocations Father Jimson Varghese, pastor of St. Joseph Parish and School in Winter Haven, is a long way from his homeland of Kerala in India.  A zeal for the faith and a desire to be a missionary in the United States brought him to the Diocese of Orlando in… Read more »

Blue Mass honors those who serve community

ORLANDO  |  On the day of the Blue Mass, a local tragedy reminded the faithful of the sacrifice first responders face in their a vocations. In the early hours of Sept. 27, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Vickers, who was also a Navy veteran, died in a car crash on State Road 408 in Orlando…. Read more »

St. Mark’s celebrates cultural diversity

SUMMERFIELD  |  Twelve years ago, Pauline Father Dominik Libiszewski came to the U.S. as a newly ordained priest. “I experienced a great deal of culture shock. Everything was so different for me … new country, new culture, new language … I felt isolated and I spent a lot of nights crying and asking God, ‘What… Read more »

Hispanic community celebrates Our Lady of Charity

ORLANDO  |  Nearly 200 people gathered at St. James Cathedral to honor Our Lady of Charity, Sept. 9. Father Tomás Hurtado, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Casselberry, arrived equipped with a statue of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, a gift from a former parishioner.  “As a Cuban, celebrating and honoring Our Lady… Read more »

Honoring ‘saint of 9/11’

ORLANDO  |  As the sun set on Fire Station One Sept. 11, 2019, leaders of the Diocese of Orlando gathered with city officials to pray and remember. Bishop John Noonan and Father Miguel González, rector of St. James Cathedral, sat in the front row with Mayor Buddy Dyer and others. The sound of bagpipes filled… Read more »

Father Walsh garners new title

WINTER PARK  |  Mass at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park was just coming to a close, Sept. 15, when Bishop John Noonan walked into the sanctuary. He was there to announce that Pope Francis enrolled Father Richard Marian Walsh of the Diocese of Orlando as Chaplain of His Holiness given at the Vatican… Read more »

Shaving heads in solidarity

LAKELAND  |  Staff from St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Lakeland shaved their heads to support Jessica Yarnall Bruchey, St. Joseph Academy principal, in her fight against cancer. It was the idea of parish operations manager, Andrew LoFaro, who encouraged Pastor Tim LaBo and Louis Canter, parish pastoral assistant to join in.  Bruchey was diagnosed with… Read more »