SEFL eBulletin 
September 30th, 2015

In This Issue:             FAITH FORMATION SURVEY

Secretariat for Evangelization & Family Life
Secretariado de Evangelización y Vida Familiar

Diocese of Orlando 
50 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32801
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We once again want to thank those of you who attended Faith Formation Day. All attendees and presenters from Faith Formation Day will soon be receiving an email from SurveyMonkey with a link to the survey.  We kindly request that you take a few minutes to complete the survey and share with us your thoughts and experience of the event, to enable us to improve next year's experience.
The Secretariat for Evangelization and Family Life invites all new and experienced parish catechetical leaders and youth ministers to the upcoming Ministry Professionals Orientation.
Come and hear the latest updates on policies and procedures and have an opportunity to meet with other catechetical leaders and youth ministers in the diocese.  Click Here to RSVP

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Youth Ministry

Young Women’s Vocation Retreat

The “Here I Am” young women’s vocation retreat on Saturday was very blessed! Eight teenagers from around this diocese (and neighboring dioceses) joined the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts to learn what it is like to be a Religious Sister. These young women had the opportunity to hear vocations stories, pray together, and grow in fellowship. It was a blessing to get to know them and see their openness to the Lord’s will in their lives. Please pray for all vocations!

Catechist Formation Update
Catechist Formation (DCCP) Classes
The Schedule. We continue to receive requests for copies of the schedule of classes. The schedule and all registrations are now online. Visit to view the instructions and the Class Schedule tab for the schedule of classes. The blue name of the class is also the link to the registration page.

Upcoming classes. Three classes are offered on October 17th – at St. Peter, Deland and Sts. Peter and Paul, Winter Park. Church History (Course 214) is the capstone course for catechist formation, taken at or near the end of formation to synthesize what the other courses have taught. The First Communion Catechesis (307) and Reconciliation Catechesis (309) courses are offered on the same weekend, in the morning and the afternoon, for sacramental catechists. These courses provide theological background as well as practical examples of the prayers, environment and suggested activities adaptable in the parish for preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist. Now is a good time to enhance the formation of your Sacramental Catechists.

More Learning Opportunities

The University of Notre Dame STEP online program has announced it’s Fall lineup of courses, including a new one – Catholic Faith and Tradition for Teachers. This new course intends to provide a synthetic overview of Christian doctrine along with practice on how to communicate it to others. For more information, visit

Felician College
is offering virtual info sessions regarding their MA Religious Education program. Learn about their reputable graduate programs in religious education offered fully online and heavily discounted for those involved in the Church's ministry. Hear from the director of graduate admissions as well as the academic director of the programs. Click here for the link

The University of Dayton VLCFF program has announced a Special Needs Certificate Program, consisting of five e-courses. Years in development, the new courses offer a breadth and depth of information as well as practical guidelines for how Catechists, Church Ministers and Catholic School Educators may prepare themselves to effectively communicate the faith to persons with special needs.
The five e-courses are: 1) Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview; 2) Fundamentals in Deaf Faith Formation; 3)Creative Methodologies: ADHD in Parish Life – Pastoral Implications; 4)Autism in Faith Formation; and, 5)Faith Formation for Adults with Special Needs.  The course Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview should be is taken first, as it provides a foundation for understanding and grounding. Check it out at
Hispanic Ministry Update
El Encuentro con Maria 2015
Continuamos con mucho entusiasmo la preparación de las misiones marianas parroquiales con miras a la celebración del gran “Encuentro con María”.  Este es el intento de animación misionera de carácter formativo y comunitario que en un espíritu de celebración de las devociones mariana lleve a un ambiente multicultural de nuestra herencia Hispana.
Parroquia de Good Shepherd:
La parroquia de Good Shepherd finalizará con un concierto mariano bilingüe el 2 de octubre uniendo las parroquias de Blessed Trinity, St. Isaac y Good Shepherd. Una importante iniciativa de la parroquia de Good Shepherd es que presentará los temas del cuaderno de la misión mariana en inglés y en español.  
Bible Verse of the Week

 Let the dead bury their dead.  
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.
Lk 9:60

The Diocesan Calendar is now set up to include all Diocesan events. If you have an event which you would like the rest of the Diocese to know about, submit your event to the Communications Office using the link below. Once processed, your event will end up on the main calendar on the Diocesan website, categorized by ministry.
Use the color coded tabs along the bottom to view events pertaining to a particular ministry. We hope this will aid communication about events between different parish communities. Let us know what you think!

Dennis L. Johnson, Jr.
Secretary, Evangelization & Family Life
Rev. Ben Berinti
Director, Campus Ministry UCF
Rev. Gaetan Boursiquot
Director, Haitian Ministry
Kimberly (Kimmy) Zeiler
Director, Youth Ministry

Tomás Evans
Director, Hispanic Ministry

Lynda Monckton

Director, Family Ministry

Mike Becker
Manager, Catechist Formation

Yahaira Olmeda
Administrative Assistant

Tony Marco
Campus Ministry, UCF

Sheila Henry
Administrative Assistant

Diana Jiménez
Administrative Assistant
Edna Miro
Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Ruiz
Administrative Assistant
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