Category: Orlando

Local Catholics offer Villas’ resident a new smile

ST. CLOUD | Beth Wormald, a resident at Bishop Grady Villas, received a new smile thanks to support from a loving community. Wormald does not have any family nearby, but frequently visits the home of her roommate, Caitlin Shields and has become close to the family. Caitlin’s mother, Connie Shields, said she tries to support… Read more »

Tradition of military service spans 3 generations

ORLANDO | Ed Prusak volunteered to serve in the Navy upon high school graduation and served as a gunner’s mate in World War II. His decision to serve his country would transcend his lifetime through three generations. Although he died almost two years ago, his commitment to his faith, family and country live on through… Read more »

Faiths gather to stop the hate

ORLANDO | After 11 people were killed and six more wounded at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the faithful of Central Florida joined in solidarity to pray and remember. The Stop the Hate interfaith gathering at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando Oct. 30, was a witness against hatred in the name of… Read more »

Deacons ordained thanks to missionary efforts

ORLANDO | More than 200 people from the mountain communities of Los Montacitos and La Cucarita caravanned down a steep, winding road to celebrate the diaconate ordination of two of their own Sept. 22. Jesus “Nilson” Delgado and Manuel “Yadil” Díaz Santo work and live as farmers in Orlando’s sister Diocese of San Juan de… Read more »

Priest films season of EWTN’s ‘Long Ride Home’

ORLANDO | “Courageous virtue and Catholic masculinity have fallen to the wayside,” noted Father Scott Circe, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic. That’s why he recently agreed to be chaplain for Season 3 of Bear Woznick’s “Long Ride Home” on EWTN. “It’s important to show courageous men doing adventure activities, but also,… Read more »

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 »