South America’s Amazon: culturally diverse, globally important

September 24, 2019

By Barbara J. FraserCatholic News Service First in a 13-part series. Click here to view the full CNS series. LIMA, Peru (CNS) — When Pope Francis came… Read More

USCCB President and Migration Chair Urge Against Further Reduction in Refugee Resettlement as Contrary to American Values

September 13, 2019

 September 13, 2019 Migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S., cross the Rio Grande near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, June 11, 2019. More than… Read More

Help for Victims of Hurricane Dorian

September 6, 2019

There are three options for those who want to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas: Read More

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Calls for Prayers After Deadly Hurricane Hits the Bahamas and Moves Closer to the Southeastern Coast

September 4, 2019

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Dorian… 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

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

Franciscan Friar Simeon Gallagher Leads Lenten Retreat Sacred Heart Catholic Church Invites Community to Lenten Retreat

March 7, 2019

Father Michael Pendergraft, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, invites the community to participate in a Lenten Retreat featuring world-renown Franciscan Friar Simeon Gallagher. The retreat is March 25-28, with talks beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. The theme for the retreat is “A Spirituality of Relationships.” Read More

Lenten Message from the Pope

March 6, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery – “for in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24). This mystery of salvation, already at work in us during our earthly lives, is a dynamic process that also embraces history and all of creation. As Saint Paul says, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19). In this perspective, I would like to offer a few reflections to accompany our journey of conversion this coming Lent. 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