Category: Orlando

FAITH helps Volusia fight opioid crisis

DAYTONA | From 2015 to 2016, the rate of opioid-related deaths in Volusia County doubled, making the county rate 75 percent higher than the state average. That’s when FAITH (Fighting Against Injustice Toward Harmony) — a social justice organization made up of 32 religious congregations in the county — stepped in. “We had more than… Read more »

‘Pedro Pan’ documentary debuts in Central Florida

ORLANDO | “Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus” is a newly released documentary that aired for the first time in the Diocese of Orlando Feb. 5, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. The film chronicles the clandestine exodus of more than 14,000 Cuban Catholic, Jewish and Protestant children and the role of Msgr…. Read more »

What do newlyweds and seasoned marriages have in common?

ORLANDO | Shirley and Earnest Maxwell of Ascension Parish in Melbourne celebrated their 66th anniversary Jan. 2. Natalie and Jon Canteros married Oct. 21, 2017. While it might seem that the couples could not be any more different, they share important similarities in their union. First, they both celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony, making their… Read more »

MCC Hall of Fame gains Miami Dolphin

MELBOURNE | Rashawn Scott, a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, started playing football on a Pop Warner team when he was 8. He also used his football talents on the field for Melbourne Central High School. And on Jan. 26, three days shy of the 26th birthday, Scott was inducted into his alma mater’s… Read more »

Three families share why they choose Catholic schools

Editor’s note: Last names have been omitted to protect the families’ privacy. ORLANDO | Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando provide top-notch academics, but it is the faith element and community that sets them apart. Three families share the joys and sacrifices made to make Catholic schools a reality for their children, from Pre-K… Read more »

Student artist thankful to be at Catholic school

LAKELAND | As sixth-grader Audrey Link sat at an art table, her teacher had some encouraging praise about her artwork. “There were a lot of comments about your use of the color black,” said Katie Senkarik, art teacher at Resurrection School in Lakeland. “That says a lot. It is really easy to get carried away… Read more »

Viera parish celebrates dedication

VIERA | The dedication of St. John the Evangelist Church and altar in Viera Jan. 20 was perfectly planned and precisely orchestrated; all progressed with the dignity and joy of such a momentous occasion. Bishop John Noonan pronounced the final blessing, Holy Cross Father John Britto Antony, parochial vicar invited everyone to the reception and… Read more »

God’s light shines in Puerto Rico

Editor’s note: The family’s last name was omitted for privacy. ORLANDO | A school girl’s mission to light up Puerto Rico has gone viral. Litza will be confirmed in the Catholic faith in February and right now she’s laser-focused on being Christ to our brothers and sisters on the island. The eighth-grader from St. James… Read more »

Welcoming 2018 as a family

MELBOURNE | Heather and Lucio Martinez knew when they married four years ago that adoption would be the way they would create their family. Nine months ago, their dreams of a family were realized when they adopted their son, Ignacio. “Adoption is a very emotional process — a process of healing, knowing you can’t have… Read more »

Family experiences hurricane of blessings

Editor’s note: The family’s last name is omitted to protect minors in the family. MELBOURNE | A united and merry Christmas didn’t seem like a possibility for Gilcer Marie, who, along with her family, witnessed devastation in her hometown of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. But the kindness of her stateside family… Read more »