Tag: diocese of orlando

‘God gave us everything’

Lamb and agriculture cultivate Catholic faith at Ocala high school ORLANDO | Raising ranch animals and gardening is common amongst the residents in rural Ocala, as is the devotion to Christianity as witnessed on the numerous properties’ depictions of the Three Crosses on Calvary. Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, which rests on several acres… Read more »

Still healing island reels from series of earthquakes

‘Puerto Ricans are very strong, refuse to be defeated’ says Orlando Judicial Vicar ORLANDO | In the last three years, islands of the Caribbean have witnessed their majestic beauty compromised by several natural disasters. Puerto Rico, in particular, is still recovering from the monumental damage made from 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. While 2019’s hurricane… Read more »

Special needs addressed at Our Lady of Lourdes

MELBOURNE | Like many classrooms, students with special needs at Our Lady of Lourdes encounter desks and computer screens. But in that special learning space, there are also bicycle pedals under the seats and chairs that bounce. Everything was made with a purpose to enhance the learning needs of each student. “It’s a sensory playground,… Read more »

Educators talk about responsibility to discuss racism


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 »