Category: Orlando

Rite reveals beauty, gift of chastity


ORLANDO | Marianne Cano walked down the aisle of St. James Cathedral in Orlando dressed in a long white gown and filled with irrepressible joy. The day she awaited and prepared for since her youth — to become a “bride of Christ” — was here. Surrounded by parishioners, family and guests from as far away… Read more »

Ocala students discover how stewardship is a way of life

OCALA | Blessed Trinity students are learning how the adage, “it is a blessing to receive, and more of a blessing to give,” is a true statement to incorporate in their daily lives. “All blessings and gifts come from God, and we are only stewards of these gifts and blessings. We are responsible for what… Read more »

Educators talk about responsibility to discuss racism


ORLANDO | Henry Fortier, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Orlando, recently participated in the discussion, “The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism,” facilitated by the National Catholic Education Association. The message of the panel was clear. Catholics must have intentional and consistent conversations about racism and even subtle… Read more »

Wuerl acknowledges he knew accusations against predecessor


WASHINGTON | In a second letter issued in mid-January about what he knew and didn’t regarding abuse allegations involving his predecessor, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Washington’s retired archbishop, apologized Jan. 15 for what he called a “lapse of memory,” clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E…. Read more »

Local teens among thousands of youths who marched for life


Washington, D.C.  |  Standing in the U.S. Capitol building, 20 students from Bishop Moore Catholic High School joined teens and young adults as they stood for truth, freedom, and empowerment for those whose voices are being silenced. On Jan. 18, the group celebrated Mass with 18,000 other teens before starting the March for Life. Then… Read more »

Kidney transplant offers new life

ORLANDO | Last spring, Officer Keith Gibson was making his rounds in the Bishop Moore Catholic High School parking lot during a lacrosse game. The 30-year veteran officer for the Orlando Police Department was familiar with the routine working security at the school, where he has served for the past 25 years. Gibson scanned the… Read more »

UCF campus ministry heads to Washington to defend life

ORLANDO I Carly Grimison, a senior biology student at the University of Central Florida admits she wasn’t always pro-life. But college led this young woman to a deeper prayer life and the more she learned, the more she began to question her own beliefs. “It’s been a journey for me,” she said. Grimison is now… Read more »

Gift reveals God’s presence in act of giving

ORLANDO | Kristen White wanted to follow a personal tradition and sponsor someone in need during the Christmas holidays. While she was a college student in Indiana, White had sponsored a child’s Christmas through the Salvation Army. The graduate student is spending a semester in Orlando and turned to Catholic Charities of Central Florida to… Read more »

Young grand marshal teaches lesson about beauty

LAKELAND | One student’s love for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” not only taught her how to appreciate people for who they are, but garnered her the honor of Grand Marshal in the Lakeland’s Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 6. Laney is a fifth-grader at Resurrection Catholic School in Lakeland. When the Junior League of… Read more »

Parish brings Christmas to needy families

WINTER SPRINGS | Lissette Avellino did not know how she was going to handle Christmas this year. The mother of two left her job in February to take care of her 2-year-old daughter who has special needs and whose legs are inverted inward 90 degrees, making it difficult to walk. A week later, her son,… Read more »