By Elena Castello
Over 130 students and adults sat in the St. Augustine Church student lounge, listening to the 29-year-old woman tell her story. With her degree in journalism, a beautiful gift for storytelling, and a passion to share her Catholic faith, Arleen Spenceley captivated the audience last night at the University of Florida’s Catholic Student Fellowship event. What was the topic of this talk? Living out chastity in a culture that says it isn’t possible.
This Saturday, April 18, Bishop Felipe Estévez will ordain 13 seminarians as transitional deacons, two of which are our very own David Keegan and Philip Timlin. The ordination is scheduled to take place at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (370 SW 3rd Street) in Boca Raton at 11 a.m.
by J.T. Rodriguez
Every hand scooping, every hand sealing, every hand boxing food was touching another hand on the other side of the world. There is something different about using your own hands to help a person, which is distinctly different from simply giving a dollar: it becomes personal.
by Tonia Borsellino
A team of five Catholic Gators from the University of Florida increased their commitment to service at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Gainesville during the parish’s first Helping Hands food-packaging event for Catholic Relief Services held on Saturday, April 11.
At 5.30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday 11 April, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope will officially convoke the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with the publication of the Bull of Indiction, “Misericordiae vultus”.
The St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center in Gainesville is hosting a Helping Hands food-packaging event on Saturday, April 11. The event, in support of a special collaboration between Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Stop Hunger Now, will bring together local volunteers to package more than 10,000 meals and to provide funds to buy CRS food, support, job training and community development programs in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.
The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB) applauds today’s passage of HB 7111, Conscience Protection for Private Child-Placing Agencies, by the Florida House of Representatives.
First Coast news media got a sneak peak at the renovations of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine Thursday, March 27. Father Tom Willis, rector of the Cathedral provided an overview of the extensive work that was done to the interior of the church in preparation for the 450th anniversary of the parish and the city of St. Augustine.
Catholic Charities Gala 2015 will be held April 25, at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa Hotel, Ponte Vedra, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. This event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office with proceeds assisting the agency in reaching out to the community with emergency assistance.
by Margo C. Pope
Salt, holy water, and white wine combined with the prayers of Father Tom Willis on Sunday afternoon as he christened a replica 16th-century chalupa work boat built by the Saint Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation. The 37-foot-wooden boat honors the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 1565 by the Spanish.