Bishop Estevez Leads Faith Formation Day in Diocese

by Savanna Kearney

The 34th annual Faith Formation Day was held at Bishop John J. Snyder High School Saturday, Oct. 13. The event began with Mass at 8:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Felipe Estévez. Following Mass, the bishop gave the keynote talk, in which he addressed the sexual abuse crisis. He acknowledged to those in attendance that this is a painful time for the church, but, he also examined the positive changes that are happening as a result, including new activity regarding the protection of minors and vulnerable adults in the church, as well as those in authority examining their responsibilities in leadership.

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Catholic Charities Transforms Lives with its 15th Annual Festival d’Vine

Catholic Charities is hosting its 15th Annual Festival d’Vine on Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Treaty Oak Park in San Marco (1123 Prudential Drive). The always-popular event serves as a primary fundraiser for the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine, with all proceeds going toward the agency’s six major programs.

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Catholic Relief Services Responding to Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to an earthquake that struck Friday night just off the coast of Donggala in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 7.5 magnitude quake triggered an unexpected tsunami, which hit the city of Palu, destroying homes and businesses in its path. While the scope of destruction is unclear, initial government reports indicate a death toll of 400 as of Saturday evening, but communications are down, and emergency teams have not reached all affected areas.

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V Encuentro seeks to develop new pastoral plan for Hispanic ministry in the U.S.

More than 3,200 Hispanic ministry leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country processed into the conference center in Grapevine, Texas, to kick-off the highly anticipated Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic Ministry, which will continue to unfold over the next three days through Sept. 23. Following a multiyear process of prayerful discernment and consultation in parishes and dioceses in the U.S., leaders from around the country have come together seeking answers to how the Church can respond to the growing Hispanic population and develop a new pastoral plan that will address its many challenges.

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Bishop Estévez Blesses New Formation Center for St. Anastasia Parish

By Lorraine Thompson

In an official ceremony Sept. 5, Bishop Felipe Estévez blessed and dedicated the new St. Enda of Aran Formation Center at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in St. Augustine. With Pastor Timothy Linderfelser and parishioners of all ages participating, the event began with a prayer service in the church followed by the blessing of the new center by Bishop Estévez. The event concluded with a reception in the new building which includes nine classrooms, a nursery, three meeting rooms, a choir rehearsal room and a multipurpose room named St. Jude Celebration Hall.

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