Bishop Felipe Estévez Appoints New Superintendent of Catholic Schools

June 2, 2015

by Kathleen Bagg Bishop Felipe J. Estévez has appointed Deacon Scott J. Conway, M.Ed., of Spring Hill, Fla., as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The diocese encompasses 17 counties of north Florida and has 30 high-performing schools with a total Catholic school enrollment of 10,710. His appointment is effective July 1, 2015. Read More

Cathedral Basilica Plans Annual Corpus Christi Procession in St. Augustine

May 29, 2015

Renewing an ancient European tradition that dates to the 13th century, the parishioners of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine will hold their annual Corpus Christi Procession this Sunday, June 7. It will begin following a Solemn Mass at 11 a.m. Rev. Thomas Willis, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass and the procession. Read More

Urge Governor Scott to Sign HB 633: 24-Hour Reflection Prior to Abortion

May 27, 2015

HB 633 by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan (R-Eustis) received final passage in the Florida House and Senate during the legislative session. The Senate companion bill was filed by Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami). HB 633 was sent to Governor Rick Scott on May 27. The governor has until June 10 to either sign the bill or veto it, or he can let the measure become law without taking action. Please urge Governor Scott to sign this bill into law. Read More

Life Issues Forum: Establishing the Culture of Life

May 27, 2015

By Anne McGuire In the midst of the many attacks on human life these days, we are called to help establish a “culture of life” that has at its heart the understanding that each of us is deeply loved by God, created to be with him, and offered redemption through Christ’s death and Resurrection. We can vote in a way consistent with respect for life, take part in Respect Life Month observances each October, and participate in events like the March for Life each January. But is there anything else we can do? Read More

Rest in Peace Good and Faithful Servant

May 25, 2015

Father Robert Lee Napier passed into eternal life on Tuesday, May 19, after suffering from a long and chronic illness. He was 67. It was the very day he would have celebrated his 25th anniversary to the priesthood. Read More

Cathedral Basilica Hosts Blessing and Dedication Concert

May 20, 2015

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine will host a blessing and dedication concert on their new 87-rank Colby/Walker gallery organ that has joined the Cathedral’s chancel 57-rank Casavant Frères pipe organ in the renovated and restored church on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The concert will be at the Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine and is open to the public. Read More

May Crowning at Cathedral Parish Early Education Center

May 12, 2015

May is the month of Mary. Devotion to the Blessed Mother deserves special attention here in the United States where we are under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. Read More

Adult Confirmation

May 11, 2015

by Erin McGeever The sacrament of confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The effects that this sacrament has on those who receive it are many: Roots us more deeply in divine filiation (being children of God) Unites us more firmly to Christ Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us Strengthens our bond with the Church Associates us more closely to her mission of bearing witness to Christ Helps us and more strictly obliges us to spread and defend the faith by word and deed (CCC #1303) Read More

Memorial Mass for Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

May 11, 2015

A Memorial Mass organized by the Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville will be celebrated on Monday, May 25, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (121 E. Duval Street) in Jacksonville.  Mass will begin at 7 p.m. with reception immediately following. Bishop Felipe J. Estévez is the main celebrant. Read More

CRS Provides Relief During Time of Loss and Grief in Nepal

May 8, 2015

by Jennifer Hardy, Regional Information Officer The day a 7.8 magnitude earthquake roiled the mountains of Nepal, the Rana family was spread out. Bhuban Rana, a soldier for the Nepalese army, was at his rented apartment in Kathmandu where his wife Prem Kumari Rana sat nursing their two-month-old daughter Bhumika in the open outdoor area of their compound while their older daughter Bhwana, 5, ran circles around the courtyard. A six hour bus ride away, in remote village of Taple, in Gorkha district, Bhuban’s mother Modh Maya Rana, 71, was going about her daily chores while his father Bal Bahadur Rana, 75, rested. Read More