First Coast Media Gets Sneak Peak at Cathedral Renovation

March 27, 2015

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. Read More

2015 Catholic Charities Gala

March 26, 2015

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. Read More

St. Augustine’s Replica Spanish Boat Christened by Father Tom Willis

March 23, 2015

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. Read More

The Search Continues for an 18th Century Image of Our Lady of La Leche

March 20, 2015

By Margo C. Pope St. Augustine’s veneration of Our Lady of La Leche ─ Nuestra Senora de La Leche y Buen Parto ─  is almost as old as the city having been brought to St. Augustine in 1620, 55 years after the city’s founding by the Spanish. It continues today in the historic chapel of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. Read More

Faith-based Student Housing Comes to UNF

March 17, 2015

By Kathleen Bagg Catholic students attending the University of North Florida this fall will have another choice for student housing – a choice that many parents will rejoice about. Read More

Thousands of Catholics are Spiritually Enriched at Eucharistic Congress 2015

March 17, 2015

By Kathy Radford This past Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, Catholics from all over the Diocese of St. Augustine were asked to “Come to the House of the Lord” as part of the 2015 Eucharistic Congress held at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville. More than 5,000 people answered that invitation and attended the opening night’s sessions and thousands also spent their Saturday immersed in their faith. Read More

Bishop Estévez says Eucharistic Congress is a “tool for winning souls for Christ”

March 16, 2015

By Jeff Brumley Bishop Felipe J. Estévez opened the 2015 Eucharistic Congress Friday evening by comparing Catholics and their parishes to the father described in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Read More

Former Smithsonian Curator and Historian lectures on Our Lady of La Leche Shrine

March 10, 2015

St. Augustine’s own Shrine of Our Lady of Le Leche will be the subject of historical discussion during a free lecture set for 7:30 p.m., March 19, at Flagler College Auditorium. Historian Miguel Bretos, Ph.D., a native of Matanzas, Cuba, and an alumnus of the 1960’s Operation Pedro Pan refugee program in the United States, will lead the conversation, titled Our Lady of Milk: The Story of St. Augustine’s Own Marian Devotion. Read More