Bishop Blesses and Dedicates Varela Center

May 30, 2019

Bishop Felipe Estévez blessed and dedicated the Father Felix Varela Center, 5110 Lourcey Road, on Tuesday, May 28. The Varela Center houses the Office of Development and Stewardship and the Tribunal for the Diocese of St. Augustine, as well as a new chapel, called the Chapel of Our Lady of Charity. Read More

Catholic bishops urge Governor DeSantis to spare the life of Bobby Joe Long

May 20, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, FL (May 20, 2019) – Robert Joseph “Bobby Joe” Long is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. for the 1984 murder of Michelle Sims. Long additionally pled guilty to, and received life sentences for, seven other murders. Read More

Pope Francis Exhorts Young People to Be Courageous

May 10, 2019

May 1, 2019 WASHINGTON--The 56th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated by the Catholic Church on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019, a day which is also commonly referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday.  Inspired by the Lord’s instruction in the Gospels of Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2, in which Jesus exhorts the people to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” World Day of Prayer for Vocations unites the faithful together in praying for the fostering of all vocations, particularly those of ordained ministry and consecrated life. Read More

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

May 9, 2019

by Carol Glatz/Catholic News Service Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse. Read More

Statement on Passage of State-Level Immigration Enforcement (SB 168)

May 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, FL (May 2, 2019) – The following is a statement from Michael B. Sheedy, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB), executive director, on final passage of SB 168 sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota): Read More

Bishop Ordains Four Men to the Priesthood

May 6, 2019

By Savanna Kearney It’s official! Fathers Nick Bennett, Matt King, Bob Hoffman, and Eric Stelzer were ordained by Bishop Felipe Estévez on May 4 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. They will now serve in parishes of the diocese. Read More

Honoring Our Teachers Essay Contest Runners-Up

May 5, 2019

This spring, the St. Augustine Catholic sponsored an essay contest for students in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs. The contest was created to not only recognize our students writing abilities but to honor our teachers. Read More

Homily for Priestly Ordinations by Bishop Estévez

May 4, 2019

Rejoice in the Lord today! Today we rejoice for the completion of a process of four wonderful young men who recognized the mystery of a call, discerned that call with care, openness, and humility, and followed the inner voice of the Spirit to undergo their rigorous seminary training. Here they are, ready and willing to receive Holy Orders. Read More

Catholic Charities Renovates Old Campus into New Food Pantry

May 1, 2019

By Savanna Kearney What was once the campus for St. Pius V Catholic School is now the location for Catholic Charities newest food pantry. Although the pantry has been open to the public since April 3, Bishop Felipe Estévez blessed the building at its ribbon-cutting ceremony and volunteer appreciation Mass on Tuesday, April 30. Read More