Gainesville Schools Join Forces for Hurricane Relief

October 24, 2018

After Hurricane Michael tore through Florida’s panhandle, people in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee are in desperate need of supplies and service. Three Catholic schools in Gainesville teamed up to answer the call of a parish in our neighboring diocese. Read More

U.S. Catholic Educators In Jacksonville this Week

October 23, 2018

by Savanna Kearney The Diocese of St. Augustine is hosting the 2018 National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Catholic Leadership Summit this week (Oct. 21-24) at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. About 400 Catholic school leaders from around the country are here for the summit. Read More

Bishop Estévez Blesses New Early Learning Center

October 23, 2018

by Savanna Kearney The St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Ponte Vedra celebrated the opening of a new Early Learning Center Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. The event began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Felipe Estévez, assisted by Father Edward Shaner, priest-in-charge of Blessed John Paul II Mission, Deacon Scott Conway, superintendent of Catholic schools, and Father Leonard Chuwa, system director of ethics and formation at St. Vincent’s Health Ministries, with the Knights of Columbus in attendance. Read More

Making the Connection: Diocese of St. Augustine Provides Resources for Catholic Counselors

October 19, 2018

by Savanna Kearney The Diocese of St. Augustine is working to form a network of local Catholic therapists and counselors that can be used as a resource for those members of the diocese seeking counseling. Read More

Creating Awareness of Domestic Violence

October 18, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While it may seem obvious that any type of violence is not condoned by the Catholic church, the U.S. Catholic Bishops have stated that “violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form- physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal is sinful; often it is a crime as well.” Read More

Bishop Estevez Leads Faith Formation Day in Diocese

October 17, 2018

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. Read More

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

October 12, 2018

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. Read More

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

October 3, 2018

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. Read More