Category: Orlando

Confirmation is a family affair

Editor’s note: The last name is withheld to protect the privacy of minors. ORLANDO | On March 11, 110 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Family Parish in Orlando. Each one was blessed with sacred chrism by Bishop John Noonan to enhance and enliven their own gifts of the Holy Spirit. For Griffin,… Read more »

Priest’s lunch ministry reaches downtown residents

ORLANDO | It’s a sunny day around noon, and you can find Father Chris Dorsey, parochial vicar at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, a few blocks from his parish, sitting on a bench overlooking Lake Eola. He’s not just taking in the warm Florida sunshine. He’s hoping someone will notice his sign: “Catholic Priest: Prayer,… Read more »

Nightfever beckons young adults to encounter Christ

ORLANDO | On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, the young adult group from St. James Cathedral in Orlando offered a night of prayer, where young Catholic adults went out into the streets and invited others to an opportunity to encounter Christ. The group planned the Nightfever event for six months. Two students began Nightfever… Read more »

Priests remember Diocese of Orlando’s early days

ORLANDO | “Arriving in Florida was like landing on the moon as far as we were concerned,” said Father Paul Henry, remembering his arrival to the Diocese of Orlando in August 1968 with his twin brother, Father Peter Henry, and friend Father Richard Walsh. The Henry brothers met Father Walsh while in seminary in Dublin,… Read more »

Sister finds peace in cloistered living

ORLANDO | Born Elizabeth Anne Johnson, Sister Lucia Marie grew up in Lakeland attending Resurrection Parish. Through the faithful example of her parents and involvement in youth group and Catholic Heart Work Camps, her love of Christ took root. But it was spending time before the Blessed Sacrament that attracted her most of all, flourishing… Read more »

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 »