Category: Orlando

Family finds unexpected graces

ORLANDO | In 2013, Andrew’s family was fairly typical and not especially devout. They participated in the celebration of Mass every Sunday and their eldest was in faith formation at an early age. Then Andrew was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, “a tumor located inside the brainstem that is a lot like a spider… Read more »

Transitional deacons prepare for ordination

ORLANDO | Bishop John Noonan will ordain Deacons Matthew Hawkins and Blake Britton to the order of priesthood May 26, 10 a.m., at St. James Cathedral in Orlando. Here the two men share their vocation stories and their journey to the priesthood. Deacon Hawkins was born in Miami, but considers himself an Orlando native. His… Read more »

Priest participates in meeting of Missionaries of Mercy

ORLANDO | Whether traveling, working with students at Bishop Moore Catholic High School or spending time out in the community, Franciscan Father Anthony Aarons is always ready to hear confessions. Ever since participating in an international meeting of the Missionaries of Mercy with Pope Francis April 7-11, Father Aarons has committed to bring a purple… Read more »

Orlando diocesan women’s council celebrates 50 years

ORLANDO | The Orlando Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has been a part of the diocese since its inception. The theme of this year’s annual convention in Ocala was “50 Years of Merciful Discipleship.” Founding members gathered alongside new ones April 28-30, with a goal of mentoring future leaders, deepening spiritual growth and serving the… Read more »

Students view life as a refugee

ORLANDO | For a third year, Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Refugee Resettlement Program partnered with the social work department at the University of Central Florida to offer a hands-on experience demonstrating difficulties faced by refugees. The refugee simulation April 17 offered a glimpse into life as a refugee. In the first station, the participant… Read more »

Volunteers embark on ‘unexpected’ adventures

ORLANDO | LaShanna Tyson said, “yes” to a missionary adventure at the age of 45. While some full-time volunteer organizations welcome young adults into their ranks, Catholic Volunteers in Florida offers opportunities for people of all ages, and not just young adults. Now 47, Tyson is the oldest volunteer serving with Catholic Volunteers in Florida…. Read more »

Family embarks on journey to independence

ORLANDO | Shanaya Mims is what Catholic Charities of Central Florida caseworker Abigail Crocket describes as “a dream client.” Despite the curveballs life has thrown at Mims, her resilience has been rewarded and things are looking up for the first time in a long while. Mims came to Catholic Charities through a referral from the… Read more »

Confirmation is a family affair

Editor’s note: The last name is withheld to protect the privacy of minors. ORLANDO | On March 11, 110 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Family Parish in Orlando. Each one was blessed with sacred chrism by Bishop John Noonan to enhance and enliven their own gifts of the Holy Spirit. For Griffin,… Read more »

Priest’s lunch ministry reaches downtown residents

ORLANDO | It’s a sunny day around noon, and you can find Father Chris Dorsey, parochial vicar at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, a few blocks from his parish, sitting on a bench overlooking Lake Eola. He’s not just taking in the warm Florida sunshine. He’s hoping someone will notice his sign: “Catholic Priest: Prayer,… Read more »

Nightfever beckons young adults to encounter Christ

ORLANDO | On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the young adult group from St. James Cathedral in Orlando offered a night of prayer, where young Catholic adults went out into the streets and invited others to an opportunity to encounter Christ. The group planned the Nightfever event for six months. Two students began Nightfever… Read more »