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Educators talk about responsibility to discuss racism

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ORLANDO | Henry Fortier, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Orlando, recently participated in the discussion, “The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism,” facilitated by the National Catholic Education Association. The message of the panel was clear. Catholics must have intentional and consistent conversations about racism and even subtle… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »