Category: Orlando

Special needs student stunned by being named prom queen

DAYTONA BEACH  |  “Are you sure? Really? What?” asked Kellie. The senior from Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach was stunned when she was recently named prom queen. Kellie could hardly contain her excitement as she proudly stood next to her friend, Corbin, the prom king. Her many years serving God, studying hard, and… Read more »

Discovering God’s perfect plan

ORLANDO  |  Gianna Grace Perino fell in love when she was just a child.  Despite her young age, the relationship only grew stronger as she grew older, until one day she found herself standing before him in church making her first profession of vows to remain his forever. On that day, Feb. 11, 2019, she… Read more »

Interfaith service memorializes those lost

ORLANDO  |  It was sometime before midnight Holy Saturday when Percy Fonseka, a native Sri Lankan and parishioner of Holy Family Parish in Orlando, received the text, “There’s been a blast.” Although almost 10,000 miles separated Fonseka from his native country, it only took five minutes for the news about bombs that tore through towns… Read more »

It’s never too late to become Catholic

ROCKLEDGE  |  When José Armando Rengifo was 12-years-old, he frequently passed by a church in the suburb of El Cerro, in La Habana, Cuba where he lived. After watching Boy Scouts play racquetball with the local priest, he asked his father if he could join. Little did he know that request would lead him on… Read more »

High schoolers find identity as beloved children of God

WINTER PARK  |  When high school freshman Johana entered her room at the San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, she found the mirrors in the bathroom had been covered up.  In fact, she would discover all the mirrors at the retreat center were covered. She and the other young women who attended the Beloved Retreat, April… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »