We came as Pilgrims of Peace to this Land that is Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. We encountered many walls and some bridges, as we sought out those on the peripheries. As Pope Francis repeatedly reminds us, we believe peace with justice for the two peoples and three faiths of this Land can only come through building “bridges, not walls.”
After a couple of months with no executions in Florida, a death warrant for Eric Scott Branch was signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, Jan. 19. His execution is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:00 p.m. Branch was convicted of the murder of Susan Morris, a University of West Florida student, in 1993.
The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, is encouraging Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis on Friday, February 23, for a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. The day of prayer and fasting will focus on continued conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and other areas of the world.
Morning Star School, a Catholic, K through 12th grade special education school in Jacksonville, recycles plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard each and every day! The program impacts students and helps integrate environmental sustainability into the school’s curriculum.
The International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking will be observed on Feb. 8. Designated by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General as a time of remembrance for victims and survivors of forced labor and commercial sex trafficking, the day coincides with the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita.
Music by Brahms, Debussy and Joplin, and including favorites like Bob Thiele and George David Weiss’s What a Wonderful World, will highlight a free concert performed by three local musicians on Saturday, Feb. 17. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island.
National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities “to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a letter to his brother bishops.
Registration for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) will launch on February 20, 2018. In September, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene a historic ecclesial gathering of 3,000 Hispanic/Latino Ministry leaders/delegates from dioceses, ecclesial movements, schools, universities and Catholic organizations from across the country. The delegates representing more than 165 dioceses were selected among nearly 250,000 people that participated in the local process over the past year. Over 100 bishops are expected to lead diocesan delegations.
As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) is releasing the results of a survey taken of the most recent Profession Class of 2017 conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The survey results have been released to coincide with the annual celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life, which will be celebrated in the Church on Friday, February 2, 2018 and in parishes on the weekend of February 3-4, 2018.