Category: Orlando

Sisters give back to parish outreach through song

WINTER PARK | Two sisters who grew up in Sts. Peter and Paul Parish packed the house when they recently performed to give back to their community of faith. Extra chairs were brought in for the estimated 250 people who arrived Aug. 22 to hear Cassandra (Cassie) Santiago Slotnick and Rebecca Santiago in concert. Both… Read more »

Seminarian grateful for family’s blessings

Orlando | Angel García, 23, moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico five years ago with two goals: one, to be closer to his father and two, as he jokingly puts it, “to run away from his call to the priesthood.” His mother, sister and brother remained in Puerto Rico, supporting García from afar. It wasn’t… Read more »

Sister diocese to celebrate ordination of two deacons

ORLANDO | When the Mission Office staff of the Diocese of Orlando first went to the Dominican Republic more than 35 years ago, the goal was always to grow God’s kingdom by spreading the good news and making disciples. They did not expect to directly take part in diaconate formation, but the journey has been… Read more »

Ugandan mission changes lives on two continents

ORLANDO | When three Ugandan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix first came to Blessed Trinity Parish in Ocala in 2000, Father Pat Sheedy never imagined establishing a mission in Uganda. It was a photograph of what he described as a “stick mud” rudimentary church that moved him, his parish, the school and… Read more »

Initiative to help families in troubled Orlando neighborhoods

ORLANDO | Canvassing a neighborhood known for violent crime in sweltering 90-degree heat is not something most people would sign up for. But then again the staff of Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) is not like most people. CCCF employees Anita Capetillo and Robin Layton were just two of many selfless volunteers who showed… Read more »

Tiny house, big priorities

COLLEGE PARK | In a world where many people race for bigger homes and more possessions, one Bishop Moore Catholic High School coach and his family work to downsize. David Boehm and his family moved to College Park nine years ago and immediately downsized their home. A second move made them re-evaluate even more. They… Read more »

Event captures ever-unfolding mystery of Eucharist

ORLANDO | More than 1,000 faithful gathered to listen to three very different speakers share insights regarding the Eucharist at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Sept. 8. As part of the Diocese of Orlando 50th anniversary jubilee, honoring the Year of the Eucharist, “The Gift of Sacred Mystery” delved into the Eucharist as… Read more »

Grateful mother pays it forward after heroic rescue

ORLANDO | A year and a half ago, Susan Gentry was barely alive as she was pinned under a Ford F-150 truck in a College Park neighborhood. Today, she is a warm, loving and grateful mother ready to pay her blessings forward. Gentry recalled that February day in 2017. It started like any other day…. Read more »

Student begins school year with memories of Haiti

ORLANDO | Service hours requirements are not an issue for Elena Brace, a youth member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic. When she sees an activity such as Vacation Bible School, she doesn’t sign up to knock off a few notches from her school “must-do service hours” sheet. She does it because she… Read more »

Kairos changes lives of young adult prisoners

ORLANDO | The average adult makes more than 200 decisions per day: when to sleep, eat, pray and more. Those who are incarcerated make less than 30. This has a profound impact for troubled youths in prime developmental stages of maturity and it’s something Kairos Torch, part of Kairos Prison Ministry International Inc., hopes to… Read more »