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

A New Film Shares the Beauty of the Sisterhood

May 6, 2015

By Tonia Borsellino What do you get when you show an auditorium full of seminarians and a few young women a film on the call to the Sisterhood? A crowd of men wishing they could also enter the convent. Read More

Bishop Felipe Estévez Recognizes Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel at Blue Mass

May 5, 2015

Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine will be the main celebrant of a Blue Mass to honor members of law enforcement (active and retired), firefighters, emergency services personnel and their families. The Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Palm Coast on Friday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public regardless of their religious affiliation. Read More

Let’s Spring Into Action!

April 27, 2015

by Mary Prentis Growing up in Florida, I often heard comments from friends and family living up North about how beautiful the transitions of the changing seasons were. Still, I was content in my subtropical paradise and shrugged off any idea that I could be missing out on anything important. Yet having recently experienced (and survived) my first northern winter, I’ve learned valuable lessons about shifting from the dark of winter to the welcoming glow of spring. Read More

Catholic Schools Commemorate 450th Anniversary at Jubilee Mass

April 24, 2015

By Lorraine Thompson Amid occasional cannon booms and the screeching of wild animals, student ambassadors from 29 Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine, along with educators and administrators, gathered at the Rustic Altar on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine for a Jubilee Mass, April 23. Read More

Doors to Hope in Iraq

April 21, 2015

by Lilla Ross Imagine everyone on the First Coast driven from their homes, sleeping on the streets, desperate for the basic necessities. That’s approximately the number of people displaced in Iraq by the Islamic State. Read More

Mary’s Gardens

April 21, 2015

by Father Larry Rice, CSP As the weather turns warm with the coming of spring, many people are beginning to make plans for the coming gardening season. Most avid gardeners will tell you that they feel closer to God while working in their gardens than they do anywhere else. Read More

Urge Florida House to Pass 24-Hour Reflection Prior to Abortion

April 21, 2015

HB 633 by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan (R-Eustis) provides a woman at least 24 hours to reflect on information about her unborn child and the risks of abortion before proceeding with the termination of her pregnancy. The bill also requires the physician providing the information to be physically present in the room with the patient. Read More

Catholic Home Missions Appeal in the Diocese of St. Augustine is the weekend of May 2-3, 2015

April 20, 2015

The U.S. Catholic Bishops need your support to continue to strengthen the Catholic Church at home and help mission dioceses right here in the United States, including the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Read More

Living Out Chastity: Arleen Spenceley Speaks to the Catholic Gators

April 17, 2015

By Elena Castello Over 130 students and adults sat in the St. Augustine Church student lounge, listening to the 29-year-old woman tell her story. With her degree in journalism, a beautiful gift for storytelling, and a passion to share her Catholic faith, Arleen Spenceley captivated the audience last night at the University of Florida’s Catholic Student Fellowship event. What was the topic of this talk? Living out chastity in a culture that says it isn't possible. Read More