Rabbis Serve Jewish Patients at Catholic Hospice in Florida

Details:  In a quiet area on the 5th floor of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and at St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Hialeah Gardens, rabbis minister to dying Jewish patients. Rabbis from Catholic Hospice have been serving patients in the L’chaim Jewish Hospice program for 10 years. “We recognized a need because of the large Jewish population [Read More...]

Florida bishops release statement opposing planned execution on Tuesday

Details: The bishops of Florida’s seven Catholic dioceses have released a statement opposing the upcoming Tuesday execution of Manuel Pardo, Jr., a former decorated Florida highway patrolman and police officer who killed nine people over a 92-day serial murder vigilante spree. “While the Catholic Church recognizes that the state has the right to carry out the death penalty [Read More...]

On the diaconate: “This is what God is calling me to do”

An interesting look at some men in formation, from Florida Catholic:  The men gathered in worship with their wives sang the closing hymn of Mass, “Let Us Build the City of God,” with much spiritual enthusiasm. For the men who have heard the call to the vocation of the diaconate, the song culminated a retreat [Read More...]

“Miracle”: one priest saves another from drowning

It happened last week in Florida.  Details:  The Rev. Krzysztof Bugno hovered over the lifeless body of his friend — also a priest — seconds after pulling the struggling man from the waves at Canvaeral National Seashore and prayed. A few harrowing moments later, Bugno got his miracle. “I didn’t know CPR, but I felt [Read More...]

“It is something glorious”

That is how one woman described the historic celebration earlier this month, marking the first African priest ordained for the Diocese of Palm Beach. Read more: Leonard Dim wiped away tears as he witnessed his first-born son, Leonard Onyeukwu Dim, receive the sacrament of holy orders and become the first African priest ordained for the [Read More...]

A corner of the U.S. where the Church is growing

It’s in Florida: For years, Cathy Cardinal was a spiritual pilgrim, filing into government offices in Viera to take Holy Communion while praying alongside her fellow believers for a permanent place to worship. “After a while, the government building got too small for what we needed. It was confusing for a while, but we were [Read More...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons in Palm Beach

It happened last month, and is featured in this week’s Florida Catholic: Between them, they have 14 children and represent parishes from around the diocese. Their backgrounds and careers are all different: among them a doctor, dental professional, several businessmen and a computer engineer. Their paths crossed for more than five years here in the [Read More...]

Another battle over the 10 Commandments

This one is unfolding in Florida: The folks who live in this sparsely populated rural region along Florida’s upper west coast don’t like outsiders butting in, especially when it comes to their religious beliefs. They’re miffed, to put it politely, and appealing a federal judge’s order to remove a five-foot high granite monument that prominently [Read More...]

Pilgrim people: Orlando's unique tourism ministry

Visitors to the theme parks are probably aware of Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe near Disney World. But there’s even more in that popular vacation region. A look at this unique ministry in Florida Catholic: The Apostleship of the Sea ministers to crew members and passengers of the cruise [Read More...]

Florida pro-life candidate jokes about abortion bombing

And it was okay, he said, because his audience was Catholic. The story: Jacksonville mayoral candidate Mike Hogan‘s statement that jokes about abortion clinic bombings are OK if delivered in front of Catholic audiences isn’t sitting well with Catholics, including those heavily engaged in the movement to ban abortion. And a fellow Baptist who leads [Read More...]


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