Category: Orlando

Pulse survivor sees blessings one year later

ORLANDO  |  Life has certainly changed for Luis Ruiz in the past year. There have been wonderful changes, especially in finding closer relationships with his family and attending Full Sail University in Orlando in hopes of earning a film degree. But the year has not been without challenges. There have been financial struggles, but even… Read more »

Mobile services for seniors introduced in Polk

  LAKELAND  |  For over three decades the Lakeland Activity Center for Seniors, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, has provided a second home for the area’s seniors, giving them a place to participate in activities, meals, health screenings and, most importantly, to socialize with other seniors. Now the organization is introducing “Mobile… Read more »

Local groups respond to call to care for creation

ORLANDO  |  Earth Day is celebrated April 22 around the world, mobilizing and educating the global community around environmental issues. For Catholics, care for the environment has a moral and spiritual dimension as the faithful are called to be good stewards of their God-given home and to protect the poor who are most affected by… Read more »

St. Vincent de Paul Conference promotes mercy for former convicts

ORLANDO  |  Mykal Tairu grew up believing his father lived in Nigeria, and it wasn’t until after he graduated from high school that his mother told him the truth — that his father was incarcerated in a prison two hours away. Tairu began building a relationship with his father when he was released, but he… Read more »

President Trump visits Orlando Catholic school

ORLANDO  |  St. Andrew School in Orlando hosted several dignitaries, including the president of the United States, March 3. President Donald Trump, along with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, toured two classrooms at the school and then participated in a roundtable discussion concerning the benefits of… Read more »

Community celebrates traditions of Lunar New Year

‘Hold onto your traditions, because if you lose them, you lose the heart of who you are.’ — Bishop John Noonan ORLANDO | The beating of the traditional drum and gong sounded the start of the Vietnamese New Year Mass, the Year of the Rooster, Jan. 28, at St Philip Phan Van Minh Parish in… Read more »

Two Orlando Diocese priests publish books on prayer

MELBOURNE  |   Two priests of the Diocese of Orlando — Father Eamon Tobin, pastor of Ascension Parish in Melbourne, and Father David Scotchie, pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Oviedo — are passionate about proclaiming the word of God, both in their parish communities and to people around the world. Both pastors have recently… Read more »

Partnership extends reach of Catholic Charities

“Clients are often victims of domestic violence or unaccompanied immigrant children. When a person has nothing and I’m able to help them with a driver’s license or legal issues to change their status and become legal, it’s the reason I went into public service.” — Vanessa McCarthy MELBOURNE  |  Maria Vargas came to the United… Read more »

Like a garden, faith needs to be weeded, watered to grow

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS  |  At the start of the new year when people are making a variety of resolutions to improve their body, mind and soul, a ministry at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Altamonte Springs offers an opportunity to integrate and nourish all three aspects. Four years ago, parishioner Rosemary George applied for a grant… Read more »

Orlando school to become dual language

ORLANDO  |  As society becomes increasingly diverse and advancing technologies bring the world to our fingertips, students at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Orlando are being prepared to excel in this multicultural environment. Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the school will become a Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), otherwise known as… Read more »