Category: Orlando

Franciscans recall death of St. Francis

WINTER PARK | It was dusk and the sun’s fading hues penetrated the large glass wall that stands behind the altar at the Mary, Mother of God Chapel at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center in Winter Park. A small procession entered, the St. Francis candle representing his light in the world leading the way, followed… Read more »

Catholic Charities helps provide a place for hope

Editor’s note: Names have been changed to protect the identity of family members. ORLANDO | Jane was forced to leave her home with her three young girls because of domestic abuse. It was a frightening scenario she never planned. Thanks to Hope Place in Daytona Beach and its partnership with Catholic Charities of Central Florida,… Read more »

Internet show features Trinity equestrian team

OCALA | In a city known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” there is only one high school equestrian team and it is at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala. This factor drew Sean Kaplan, executive producer of the new Horse Capital TV network, to want to feature the team in a segment on… Read more »

Seminarian grateful for family’s blessings

Orlando | Angel García, 23, moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico five years ago with two goals: one, to be closer to his father and two, as he jokingly puts it, “to run away from his call to the priesthood.” His mother, sister and brother remained in Puerto Rico, supporting García from afar. It wasn’t… Read more »

Sisters give back to parish outreach through song

WINTER PARK | Two sisters who grew up in Sts. Peter and Paul Parish packed the house when they recently performed to give back to their community of faith. Extra chairs were brought in for the estimated 250 people who arrived Aug. 22 to hear Cassandra (Cassie) Santiago Slotnick and Rebecca Santiago in concert. Both… Read more »

Sister diocese to celebrate ordination of two deacons

ORLANDO | When the Mission Office staff of the Diocese of Orlando first went to the Dominican Republic more than 35 years ago, the goal was always to grow God’s kingdom by spreading the good news and making disciples. They did not expect to directly take part in diaconate formation, but the journey has been… Read more »

Ugandan mission changes lives on two continents

ORLANDO | When three Ugandan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix first came to Blessed Trinity Parish in Ocala in 2000, Father Pat Sheedy never imagined establishing a mission in Uganda. It was a photograph of what he described as a “stick mud” rudimentary church that moved him, his parish, the school and… Read more »

Initiative to help families in troubled Orlando neighborhoods

ORLANDO | Canvassing a neighborhood known for violent crime in sweltering 90-degree heat is not something most people would sign up for. But then again the staff of Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) is not like most people. CCCF employees Anita Capetillo and Robin Layton were just two of many selfless volunteers who showed… Read more »

Tiny house, big priorities

COLLEGE PARK | In a world where many people race for bigger homes and more possessions, one Bishop Moore Catholic High School coach and his family work to downsize. David Boehm and his family moved to College Park nine years ago and immediately downsized their home. A second move made them re-evaluate even more. They… Read more »

Event captures ever-unfolding mystery of Eucharist

ORLANDO | More than 1,000 faithful gathered to listen to three very different speakers share insights regarding the Eucharist at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Sept. 8. As part of the Diocese of Orlando 50th anniversary jubilee, honoring the Year of the Eucharist, “The Gift of Sacred Mystery” delved into the Eucharist as… Read more »