Category: Orlando

New Mass provides spiritual strength for female inmates

SUMTERVILLE | “…I was in prison, and you came to Me,” Mt 25:36. Lent is a season that draws particular attention to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Yet how many of us get out of our comfort zones and visit the imprisoned? Every week, priests minister to prisoners in the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Coleman… Read more »

Transitional deacons closer to priesthood

As song and prayer filled the church of St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton, 15 men laid prostrate, laying down their lives before the altar of Jesus Christ. The Church was filled with family members, friends, guests, seminary faculty and leaders, priests and brother seminarians, all a witness of great support for the candidates… Read more »

Singles retreat comes on heels of Pope’s letter to youth

KISSIMMEE  |  More than 50 members of Singles for Christ gathered at Holy Redeemer Parish in Kissimmee to continue ongoing formation and to deepen their relationship with Jesus.  The “Crossroads” retreat is part of a series of talks focused on vocation discernment. Most have gone through the ministry’s three-month Christian Life Program, an initial formation… Read more »

Student flies into history books

Ocala  | “I’ve always had a fascination with pretty much anything with a motor,” said Camp Clifford, the 18-year-old senior at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala. He will be the second student in Florida history to receive an FAA commercial pilot’s license while still in high school. The first to do so was Gid… Read more »

Secular orders reveal broad call of vocations

ORLANDO  |  Secular orders in the Catholic Church began to take form in the early 13th century. As laity increasingly desired lives of piety in concert with the ideology of certain orders that resounded within them, the secular or lay orders were born.  Today, the oldest existing secular order is that of the Secular Order… Read more »

Catholic Charities provides food for TSA employees

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ORLANDO  |  Three weeks after the government shutdown began on Dec. 22, Transport Security Administration (TSA) employees felt the absence of a regular paycheck. Since the beginning of the crisis, strangers and corporations stepped up to help nationwide. On Jan. 14, TSA set up an official food drive to help employees and manage donations at… Read more »

Fashion Show raises funds for Morning Star School

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ORLANDO  |  Nearly 300 people prayed and partied with students and staff of Morning Star Catholic School at the 57th annual silent auction and fashion show, Runway for Giving. Children, family and friends took to the catwalk in designer clothes from local boutiques, while guests discerned how to give of their time, talent or treasure…. Read more »

Long Sleeve Relief Campaign: Gardens offer equality through healthy food

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APOPKA  |  Standing amid a few dozen different plants flowering with fruits and vegetables, Lenora Brinson couldn’t help plucking a ripe tomato from the vine and eating it on the spot. “I love it. It’s so fresh,” said the Orlando resident who comes to the Campesinos’ Garden in Apopka on a Sunday afternoon. “I enjoy… Read more »

Basilica receives new artwork in time for Lent


ORLANDO  |  Less than a week before Lent, three panels sculpted in Italy were installed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando. The three panels depict the patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney. Father Paul Henry, rector of the basilica, commissioned the panels so pilgrims awaiting… Read more »

Clinic celebrates 10 years in St. Cloud


ST. CLOUD  |  Ten years ago, Catholic Charities of Central Florida began providing uninsured Osceola County residents living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level with free medical care.  A decade later, St. Thomas Aquinas Free Medical Clinic in St. Cloud serves almost 1,000 patients annually. On Feb. 27, the clinic opened its… Read more »