Category: Orlando

Seeking God as a Benedictine Oblate: A rule for ordinary life

ORLANDO  |  Nearly 12,000 Benedictine Oblates in the United States and 25,000 worldwide have answered the call to “hearken” – the first word in the Rule of St. Benedict. While Oblates outnumber Benedictine clergy and religious, the numbers bear witness to a Christian movement to live in deeper union with God. In a frantic and… Read more »

Local priest becomes a storybook character

ORLANDO  |  When 3-year-old RJ attended daily Mass at Holy Family Parish in Orlando, he loved to give high fives to the priests and talk to them about the colors in the stained-glass windows.  In particular, he formed a special friendship with Father Benjamin Lehnertz, and even talked about one day becoming a priest like… Read more »

Local parishes help Habitat ‘Faith Build’

MELBOURNE  |  Patricia Barber received keys to her new home with tears in her eyes  as her “Faith Build” came to completion July 27. The “Faith Build” was an ecumenical collaboration between various churches, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. and the City of Melbourne. Together, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Viera, Ascension… Read more »

Bishop Noonan breaks ground on new Queen of Angels cemetery

WINTER PARK  |  “I am so thrilled. I can’t wait for this Catholic cemetery to be here,” exclaimed Judi Jakiel, parishioner at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park. She was at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center for the groundbreaking of Queen of Angels Cemetery, located next door. “I can’t imagine more wonderful, peaceful grounds… Read more »

A Catholic Charities client shares her story

ORLANDO  |  After almost two decades of abuse, two kidnappings, escapes and almost getting killed, human trafficking survivor, Flor Turcio, shared her story of terror and how Catholic Charities helped her through it.  When Catholic Charities of Central Florida caseworker, Rosa Alamo, first spoke to Turcio in 2013, she was shocked.  “It was something like… Read more »

Parish communities live Gospel through service

ORLANDO  |  In fall 2017, Catholic Charities of Central Florida was the first Catholic Charities in the nation to partner with Open Table, a national organization that takes a family approach to helping people get back on their feet.  One and a half years later, nine parishes have held more than a dozen tables in… Read more »

Youth gain sense of belonging at Steubenville conference

ORLANDO  |  Students from all over the Diocese of Orlando allowed God’s presence to touch and change their lives at this year’s Steubenville Florida Conference. The conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel, attracted more than 2,000 youth from around the state. Based on 1 John 3:1, the conference team presented talks, music and activities… Read more »

Local artists live out a vocation to beauty

ORLANDO  |  Whether through colorful stained-glass windows or towering cathedrals, life-like sculptures or vast frescoes, artists have been communicating the beauty and splendor of God through their creations for centuries.  So important is this work to the life of the Church, that in his “Letter to Artists,” St. John Paul II wrote that artists have… Read more »

Parishes keep promise to welcome strangers

WINTER PARK  |   After sleeping in a park for the past three months, Nicole, Keith and their two teenaged daughters gathered for a meal around a table of volunteers. It was their second night at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park, and Keith offered a prayer of gratitude. Thanks to Family Promise of… Read more »

School helps man’s best friend

MELBOURNE  |  For the third year, Melbourne Central Catholic High School’s National Honor Society is sponsoring puppy training for individuals with vision loss. The newest guide dog on the block is Dooley, a golden retriever/Labrador mix named in honor of baseball coach and dean of students Tom Dooley’s 30 years at the school. Members raised… Read more »