Category: Orlando

Faithful evangelize downtown through Via Crucis

ORLANDO  |  On the eve of Palm Sunday, April 14, a crowd gathered in front of St. James Cathedral in Orlando to watch a live Via Crucis – the Stations of the Cross – acted out in the form of a play. It is the first time an event of its kind took place out… Read more »

Parish and diocese offer fond farewell to Sisters Knox and Barden

MELBOURNE  |  After more than 50 years, the Diocese of Orlando bids a fond farewell to Sisters of Mercy, Sister Immaculata Knox and Sister Joseph Barden. Both traveled from Ireland to the United States to educate fellow Catholics and care for people in need. The two sisters met at the Convent of Mercy in Ardee,… Read more »

Local students learn love conquers hate

ORLANDO  |  Although Immaculée Ilibagiza is a long way from home, she feels closer to God now more than ever.  Ilibagiza is regarded as one of world’s leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness and spoke to the student body of Bishop Moore High School in Orlando March 29. She was born and raised in… Read more »

Local advocacy groups work for reform in Polk, Volusia counties

ORLANDO  |  An alarming number of families throughout the United States are finding themselves homeless due to lack of affordable housing. This was the spotlight issue for two major social justice rallies, Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (P.E.A.C.E.) in Lakeland and Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (F.A.I.T.H.) in Daytona Beach. Both groups are ecumenical… Read more »

Deacon Saldanha to be ordained priest May 25

ORLANDO  |  Born and raised in India, Transitional Deacon Derek Saldanha, of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic, will be ordained a priest May 25, at St. James Cathedral, Orlando. Deacon Saldanha credited St. Francis Xavier for his vocation because he evangelized the small state of Goa, where Saldanha’s family finds its roots. “St…. Read more »

New Mass provides spiritual strength for female inmates

SUMTERVILLE | “…I was in prison, and you came to Me,” Mt 25:36. Lent is a season that draws particular attention to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Yet how many of us get out of our comfort zones and visit the imprisoned? Every week, priests minister to prisoners in the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Coleman… Read more »

Transitional deacons closer to priesthood

As song and prayer filled the church of St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton, 15 men laid prostrate, laying down their lives before the altar of Jesus Christ. The Church was filled with family members, friends, guests, seminary faculty and leaders, priests and brother seminarians, all a witness of great support for the candidates… Read more »

Singles retreat comes on heels of Pope’s letter to youth

KISSIMMEE  |  More than 50 members of Singles for Christ gathered at Holy Redeemer Parish in Kissimmee to continue ongoing formation and to deepen their relationship with Jesus.  The “Crossroads” retreat is part of a series of talks focused on vocation discernment. Most have gone through the ministry’s three-month Christian Life Program, an initial formation… Read more »

Student flies into history books

Ocala  | “I’ve always had a fascination with pretty much anything with a motor,” said Camp Clifford, the 18-year-old senior at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala. He will be the second student in Florida history to receive an FAA commercial pilot’s license while still in high school. The first to do so was Gid… Read more »

Secular orders reveal broad call of vocations

ORLANDO  |  Secular orders in the Catholic Church began to take form in the early 13th century. As laity increasingly desired lives of piety in concert with the ideology of certain orders that resounded within them, the secular or lay orders were born.  Today, the oldest existing secular order is that of the Secular Order… Read more »