Category: Orlando

Sister diocese to celebrate ordination of two deacons

ORLANDO | When the Mission Office staff of the Diocese of Orlando first went to the Dominican Republic more than 35 years ago, the goal was always to grow God’s kingdom by spreading the good news and making disciples. They did not expect to directly take part in diaconate formation, but the journey has been… Read more »

Ugandan mission changes lives on two continents

ORLANDO | When three Ugandan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix first came to Blessed Trinity Parish in Ocala in 2000, Father Pat Sheedy never imagined establishing a mission in Uganda. It was a photograph of what he described as a “stick mud” rudimentary church that moved him, his parish, the school and… Read more »

Initiative to help families in troubled Orlando neighborhoods

ORLANDO | Canvassing a neighborhood known for violent crime in sweltering 90-degree heat is not something most people would sign up for. But then again the staff of Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) is not like most people. CCCF employees Anita Capetillo and Robin Layton were just two of many selfless volunteers who showed… Read more »

Tiny house, big priorities

COLLEGE PARK | In a world where many people race for bigger homes and more possessions, one Bishop Moore Catholic High School coach and his family work to downsize. David Boehm and his family moved to College Park nine years ago and immediately downsized their home. A second move made them re-evaluate even more. They… Read more »

Event captures ever-unfolding mystery of Eucharist

ORLANDO | More than 1,000 faithful gathered to listen to three very different speakers share insights regarding the Eucharist at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Sept. 8. As part of the Diocese of Orlando 50th anniversary jubilee, honoring the Year of the Eucharist, “The Gift of Sacred Mystery” delved into the Eucharist as… Read more »

Grateful mother pays it forward after heroic rescue

ORLANDO | A year and a half ago, Susan Gentry was barely alive as she was pinned under a Ford F-150 truck in a College Park neighborhood. Today, she is a warm, loving and grateful mother ready to pay her blessings forward. Gentry recalled that February day in 2017. It started like any other day…. Read more »

Student begins school year with memories of Haiti

ORLANDO | Service hours requirements are not an issue for Elena Brace, a youth member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic. When she sees an activity such as Vacation Bible School, she doesn’t sign up to knock off a few notches from her school “must-do service hours” sheet. She does it because she… Read more »

Kairos changes lives of young adult prisoners

ORLANDO | The average adult makes more than 200 decisions per day: when to sleep, eat, pray and more. Those who are incarcerated make less than 30. This has a profound impact for troubled youths in prime developmental stages of maturity and it’s something Kairos Torch, part of Kairos Prison Ministry International Inc., hopes to… Read more »

Programs broaden horizons for refugees

Last names have been omitted to protect minors. ORLANDO | It’s 4 a.m. and 18-year-old Asende Alex is waking up to get to her job at Starbucks in the Florida Hotel in Orlando, but she’s not complaining. Until two years ago, Alex had spent her entire life living in a refugee camp in Tanzania after… Read more »

Educators witness live-saving efforts in Ghana

ORLANDO | Local educators witnessed how funds from Catholic Relief Services offer communities access to something the Florida residents would take for granted — clean water. Henry Fortier, superintendent of Catholic schools, and a handful of teachers were in Ghana for 10 days in early July as they joined a team from CRS in small… Read more »