Category: Orlando

Medical mission expands due to improved health

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SAN JUAN DE LA MAGUANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  |  From Jan. 26 through Feb. 2, a team of 17 doctors, nurses, and translators went to the Dominican Republic as part of a medical mission from the Diocese of Orlando. They cared for more than 600 residents in the mountain regions of the sister diocese of San… Read more »

Bishop celebrates Lunar New Year Mass with Vietnamese community

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ORLANDO  |  The Vietnamese community gathered to celebrate the most important event in their culture: the Lunar New Year Feb. 4. Bishop John Noonan celebrated Mass with eight diocesan priests and recalled the suffering of the Vietnamese people, but reminded them God is always with them. He shared in their cultural traditions, dances, fireworks and… Read more »

Summerfield parish completes its own Marian grotto

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MARION COUNTY  |  Nine years after a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, Deacon John Rumplasch, his wife, Michele, and Deacon Bob Esposito and his wife, Ann, finally saw the fruit of their inspiration, the Our Lady of Lourdes Prayer Garden. The garden, complete with a grotto, was blessed Feb. 10, by Bishop John Noonan at St…. Read more »

Construction begins on First Step Shelter

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DAYTONA BEACH  |  Community leaders in Daytona Beach and Volusia County have struggled for well over a decade to determine how best to serve the many homeless individuals so visible and needing assistance. After nearly three years of intense advocacy by Fighting Against Injustice Toward Harmony (F.A.I.T.H.) and other community organizations concerned about this issue… Read more »

Prayer book, Eucharist bolster faith for Holocaust survivor

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EDGEWATER  |  Elsie Ragusin Azzinaro stands less than 5 feet tall at age 97, exuding her zest for life with a broad, generous smile as she offers her guest some pastry and coffee. Beneath her genuine joy are wounds inflicted by the Holocaust and a profound, pervasive faith that thrusts her forward with tenacity. During… Read more »

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 »