Category: Orlando

Kidney transplant offers new life

ORLANDO | Last spring, Officer Keith Gibson was making his rounds in the Bishop Moore Catholic High School parking lot during a lacrosse game. The 30-year veteran officer for the Orlando Police Department was familiar with the routine working security at the school, where he has served for the past 25 years. Gibson scanned the… Read more »

UCF campus ministry heads to Washington to defend life

ORLANDO I Carly Grimison, a senior biology student at the University of Central Florida admits she wasn’t always pro-life. But college led this young woman to a deeper prayer life and the more she learned, the more she began to question her own beliefs. “It’s been a journey for me,” she said. Grimison is now… Read more »

Gift reveals God’s presence in act of giving

ORLANDO | Kristen White wanted to follow a personal tradition and sponsor someone in need during the Christmas holidays. While she was a college student in Indiana, White had sponsored a child’s Christmas through the Salvation Army. The graduate student is spending a semester in Orlando and turned to Catholic Charities of Central Florida to… Read more »

Young grand marshal teaches lesson about beauty

LAKELAND | One student’s love for Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” not only taught her how to appreciate people for who they are, but garnered her the honor of Grand Marshal in the Lakeland’s Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 6. Laney is a fifth-grader at Resurrection Catholic School in Lakeland. When the Junior League of… Read more »

Parish brings Christmas to needy families

WINTER SPRINGS | Lissette Avellino did not know how she was going to handle Christmas this year. The mother of two left her job in February to take care of her 2-year-old daughter who has special needs and whose legs are inverted inward 90 degrees, making it difficult to walk. A week later, her son,… Read more »

Advent novenas prepare to welcome savior

ORLANDO | Advent traditions abound and in the Diocese of Orlando, the Florida Catholic discovered many parishes carrying on the tradition of novenas during Advent. Five years ago, Maria Davila and her husband, Ricardo, brought Las Posadas to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bartow with help from the parish women’s club. The couple is originally… Read more »

Parishes host Cities for Life against the death penalty

COCOA BEACH | Parishioners of Our Saviour Parish in Cocoa Beach gathered together with Christians from throughout Brevard County Nov. 30, in commemoration of International Day of Cities for Life, Cities Against the Death Penalty. Our Saviour now joins parishes in more than 2,000 cities in 80 countries that celebrate this day, including Our Lady… Read more »

Retreat opens eyes about homelessness

ORLANDO | On a cool Friday night, 21 youths and 20 chaperones set out to see what it was like to be homeless. With their cardboard boxes and three personal items, they headed to the outdoor covered pavilion of St. Joseph Parish in Lakeland to spend the night. After hearing talks from two homeless persons… Read more »

Couple reflects on 75 years of faith and family

ORLANDO | Seventy-five years ago, when a gallon of gasoline cost 15 cents, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was topping the charts, and the United States was in the midst of World War II, James and Ethel Doyle said, “I do,” at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Springfield Gardens, New York. Many years later, the couple… Read more »

Grant to bring science to life in sister diocese

ORLANDO | Fredalina Aybar, a middle school teacher from the Diocese of Orlando’s sister diocese in the Dominican Republic, gazed intently at a cross-sectioned piece of okra, exploring the various parts of the plant. Aybar was in the United States Nov. 4-14 to observe STEM (science technology, engineering, mathematics) classes and laboratories in six Catholic… Read more »