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Special Collection for Humanitarian Aid in the Middle East


Picture: A CRS staff member speaks with a beneficiary displaced in Iraq. Kris Ozar/CRS

Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza who are struggling to survive, protect their children and live with dignity in dire conditions.  Given the extraordinary nature of this crisis, we are joining Dioceses throughout the country to hold a special collection on the weekend of September 6-7 to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East.

The funds raised through this special collection will be used by Catholic Relief Services (our official international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church) and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and surrounding countries where refugees have fled.  These organizations have well-established partnerships with the Catholic Church in the region, allowing them to respond quickly and efficiently to victims in some of the hardest to reach areas.  Collection funds will also be used to support Church programs to aid persecuted Christians and to respond to rebuilding needs of Catholic dioceses in the impacted areas. 

Please give as generously as you are able!  Thank you.

Permanent Diaconate Convocation


Each year the diaconate community comes together in fellowship and support to renew their commitment to live a holy life as an Ordained Deacon focused on Christ and his Church.  On September 13th, 2014 the Diocese of Orlando will hold its Permanent Diaconate Convocation at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL.  We continue to pray for our Permanent Deacons.  Permanent Deacons with faculties in the Diocese of Orlando can find the flyer for this year’s convocation by clicking here.

Students: Sign up to be an “Ace Reporter”


The Diocese of Orlando Office of Communications is looking for 6th to 12th grade students from local schools or parishes who enjoy writing, photography and journalism to become ace reporters and contribute to our e-publication, Faith News Online. Ace reporters receive training to research, write and take photos about the people, places and events that are having an impact on their faith and education.

For more information, contact Linda Caldwell, or 407-246-4924.

Applications are due by September 5.

Download: Flyer, Flyer jpg, Description, Application.


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