Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Florida bans post-viability abortion, Jindal signs pro-life bills, NH backs pro-life candidate, more

by Ben Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2014 ( – While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill remains mired in legislative inaction, pro-life laws have advanced in Florida and Louisiana, requiring doctors to protect babies who could survive outside the womb, obtain admitting…

70 physicians join pro-lifers to block new Planned Parenthood abortion clinic

by Jill Stanek On May 3, a group of 70 physicians took out a full page ad on page 2 of the Osceola News Gazette to encourage Kissimmee, Florida, citizens to join them in attempting to keep Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from opening an abortion mill in their community, which is just 20 minutes…

Musica Sacra Florida Reg. Deadline This Friday!

A liturgical and musical renaissance in Florida? Many, including myself, were dubious about it. 
When I moved to Ft. Lauderdale six years ago to take an academic position, I was moving from a vibrant diocese to a place that felt dead, like it had nothing to offer for the Catholic serious about his faith, and serious about the revitalization of Catholic culture and liturgy—very few young adult activities, a tiny, nearly-unknown Latin Mass community, very few priests interested in cultivating sacred music and reverence in the liturgy. Indeed, many have suffered for their faith in our state, as elsewhere. 
But, that was six years ago – barely after Summorum Pontificum had been promulgated.
As is the case in many other dioceses and states, the gentle example of Pope Benedict XVI inspired many, including seminarians and priests, and the Holy Spirit has prompted the hearts of many to rediscover and help revitalize the Church’s traditions and liturgy. But there is still much to be done—the impact of the new liturgical movement has still touched only a small percentage of parishioners in the pews in our state. 
One of the initiatives in Florida which has made a difference in bringing about the start of a renewal is the annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant conference. 

For the past six years, sacred musicians from all over Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada have been coming to study the Church’s sacred music. Since our first conference at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, we’ve held the annual conference at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. We’ve had a great time connecting with others who love the Church’s liturgy, developing our chanting skills, singing the Divine Office together, and assisting at fully-sung Masses in both the new and old rite. The conference has spawned new scholas around the state, and connections which help make special liturgies and training for sacred music more widely available in the state.

This year, we’ve added a special track for altar servers and clergy to learn the assisting roles in the pontifical Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. Fr. Scott Haynes will be teaching a workshop on Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th for all those desirous of learning this liturgy. Participants under the age of 18 accompanied by a chaperone are also welcome to participate (contact Susan Treacy for more details).
Also joining the faculty this year is Mr. Adam Bartlett, composer of the Simple English Propers and the Lumen Christi Missal. He will be presenting a workshop, with Mr. Jeffrey Herbert, on English chant and parish resources.
Other faculty include:
  • Mary Jane Ballou, D.S.M. – Cantorae Saint Augustine 
  • Jennifer Donelson, D.M.A. – Nova Southeastern University 
  • Jeffrey Herbert, CAGO/ChM – Saint Raphael Church, Englewood, FL 
  • Susan Treacy, Ph.D. – Ave Maria University

Special workshop tracks are available in:

  • Singing Gregorian Chant in English & a new parish music program, the Lumen Christi series
  • Gregorian Chironomy – How to conduct Gregorian chant 
  • Instruction for chant directors & aspiring chant directors on learning & teaching new chants 
  • Basic instruction on how to read Gregorian chant notation 
The conference also includes: 
  • Choice of scholae for beginning/intermediate (men & women), upper-level men, & upper-level women 
  • Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening with chants provided by the Schola Cantorum of Saints Francis & Clare (Miami) 
  • Closing Missa cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening with English & Latin chants provided by conference participants 
If you’re interested in working for better liturgy and sacred music in your area, join us for this conference! It will give you ideas and inspiration, and help you make connections with other people working hard for the same goal. 
The setting of Ave Maria University makes the conference like a retreat – cheap housing on campus and a peaceful town to enjoy. The conference registration is $60, $15 for clergy, seminarians, and full-time students. 
The registration deadline is this Friday, May 2nd, 2014. More information is available at the conference website:
We hope you’ll be able to join us! 

Florida Bishops Welcome Protection for Unborn at Viability

The bishops of Florida released a statement Friday commending the state’s legislative leaders for legislation restricting abortions once a child has reached viability.  The Senate approved House Bill 1047 on Friday and it now awaits the governor’s signature.
“We are called to care for life from its earliest sta…

Pro-life measures move forward in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, and West Virginia

by Ben Johnson March 7, 2014 ( – As the media debate the reason abortions declined over the last few years, pro-life voices say the record number of new laws restricting abortion played a role. The year 2014 is already shaping up to follow the trend of substantial pro-life legislation. Arizona…

Florida Priest to Lead US Bishops’ Liturgy Secretariat

Father Michael J. Flynn, 57, a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, and associate professor of theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, has been named executive director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the U.S. Conf…

Youth Director – Diocese of Venice in Florida (Venice, FL)

YOUTH DIRECTOR Youth Ministry, FT EmployeeDiocese of Venice in Florida (Venice, FL)St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples, Florida is seeking a Youth Director. The Parish Youth Director is designated by the Pastor to plan, integrate and direct progra…

Florida Catholics plan prayer vigils, protest death penalty

Tallahassee, Fla., Sep 28, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the scheduled execution date approaches for a Florida man convicted of murder, local Catholics are offering prayers and renewing their call for an end to the practice of the death penalty….

Director of Clinical Services – LifeChoices Women’s Care (Lutz, FL)

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES Healthcare/Medicine, PT EmployeeLifeChoices Women’s Care (Lutz, FL)LifeChoices Women’s Care, in Lutz, Florida, is seeking to fill the position of Director of Clinical Services. The Director of Clinical Services will, among…

Florida Bishops on Immigration Reform

Here is a statement released today by the bishops of Florida, in support of immigration reform being considered by the US Congress. * * *
“When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him.  You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same…

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