Secretariat for
Laity, Family, and Life
June 1, 2016

Secretariat for Laity, Family, and Life
Secretariado de Laicado, Familia y Vida
Diocese of Orlando 
50 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32801

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Message for Ministry Professionals
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s annual meeting of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Our province was proud to host and are grateful to the 100 or so attendees from among the seven dioceses situated throughout the state of Florida. Many fruits were harvested and many seeds planted. A couple of major takeaways included: 
  • The partnership between NCCL and RCL-Benziger to upgrade and expand the Echoes of Faith 3.0 catechist formation initiative. 
    A new ecclesiology module coming-out this summer (anticipated upgrades to existing modules and new modules will follow). 
    Just as with the original program, many arch/dioceses are, or intend to use it, as a baseline foundational program for training catechists. 
  • The election of our first-ever provincial Parish Catechetical Leader to the NCCL Representative Council.  Mr. Jorge Santibáñez currently serves as the Director of Religious Education at Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables, FL. With over 8 years of ministry experience in Catholic education and youth ministry, having previously taught Junior-level theology at a local Catholic High School, he began his tenure at Church of the Little Flower first as a youth minister and then became the PCL in 2014. Jorge obtained a Masters in Religious Education from Boston College (2012) and graduated from St. John Vianney College with a BA in Philosophy and Minor in Theology (2008). Earlier this year, he became a certified catechist and was also named a Master Catechist for the Archdiocese of Miami. He attended NCCL for the first-time last year and looks forward to increased participation and collaboration with the organization and with fellow PCL's from around the province and nation. Along with Jorge, Sister Margaret Kuntz, diocesan director for Pensacola-Tallahassee, assumes her tenure as our diocesan-rep to NCCL. Our province is to be congratulated for filling its full representation to NCCL leadership for the first-time ever!
Most importantly, the best takeaway is what happens among attendees. Connecting with colleagues from around the nation often expands our perspectives and helps us to approach ideas and challenges with renewed optimism and fresh eyes. This week I got an email from one of our PCL’s who wants to challenge us to consider our outreach to Generation Z based on an article she discovered, about how businesses are targeting beyond millennials to Generation Z, on the assumption that they will be full-force in the marketplace over the next decade. Her point, every generation has its unique lens for how it sees and interacts with the world. As such, it is important for us to pay close attention to these subtleties and to adjust our operations as catechetical leaders and professionals. Great food for thought and consumption!



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            To Whom:  Catechists, Catholic School Teachers, and Catechetical Leaders
                    Cost:  $15 Registration Fee ($20 after July 1st)
        Registration:  Closes ten days before the class meets. All registrations are online.

         Class Times:  Classes are 9:00 am - 4:30 pm except where posted.
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Family Ministry Update
Pope Francis continues Chapter 4 of the Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, with his thoughts on marriage and love.

Marrying for love – Love is much more than an outward consent or a contract …choosing to give marriage a visible form in society by undertaking certain commitments shows how important it is.  It manifests the seriousness of each person’s identification with the other and their firm decision to leave adolescent individualism behind and to belong to one another.  Marriage is a means of expressing that we have truly left the security of the home in which we grew up in order to build other strong ties and to take on a new responsibility for another person.  This is much more meaningful than a mere spontaneous association for mutual gratification, which would turn marriage into a purely private affair.  As a social institution, marriage protects and shapes a shared commitment to deeper growth in love and commitment to one another, for the good of society as a whole.  That is why marriage is more than a fleeting fashion; it is of enduring importance.  Its essence derives from our human nature and social character.  It involves a series of obligations born of love itself, a love so serious and generous that it is ready to face any risk.
To opt for marriage in this way expresses a genuine and firm decision to join paths, come what may.  Given its seriousness, this public commitment of love cannot be the fruit of a hasty decision, but neither can it be postponed indefinitely.  Committing oneself exclusively and definitely to another person always involves a risk and a bold gamble.  Unwillingness to make such a commitment is selfish, calculating and petty.  It fails to recognize the rights of another person to present him or her to society as someone worthy of unconditional love.  If two persons are truly in love, they naturally show this to others.  When love is expressed before others in the marriage contract, with all its public commitments, it clearly indicates and protects the “yes” which those persons speak freely and unreservedly to each other.  This “yes” tells them that they can always trust one another, and that they will never be abandoned when difficulties arise or new attractions or selfish interests present themselves.
This announcement is for couples already married who would like an opportunity to ‘Grow in Love’, as the Pope calls us to do.
The 2016 Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Conference/Convention that will be held at the Tampa (FL) Convention Center from June 17 - 19, 2016 is now open to all married couples.  The convention will feature Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott and their special marriage program, and Bishop Bill Skylstad, the North American leadership priest, as the keynote speakers. The Parrotts have been featured in USA Today and the New York Times and had appearances on CNN, The View, The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show and Oprah.
The WWME North American Convention is held every two years and brings together couples who have experienced a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.  This year’s convention is being opened to married couples who have not been on a WWME weekend so they can see the benefits of going on the regular WWME marriage enrichment experience.  Married couples interested in registering for the conference/convention should go to and sign up for the very special three day event.  Couples can also learn more about WWME by going to   

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Youth Ministry Update
Calling all young adults! Get a taste of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland without leaving Orlando! Join us for an afternoon of celebration, worship, and fellowship as we experience World Youth Day Stateside. Join other young adults of the greater Orlando area for an afternoon of Polish food, a keynote speaker discussing the World Youth Day theme of Mercy, Sunday Vigil Mass and Adoration. The more the merrier, so be sure to bring your friends and share the invitation! 


Whole Community Update
We are excited to be working on the Ministry Formation Conference. It’s going to be a great day and we would love to have you there. Please mark September 17th on your calendars and invite other ministers to attend as well. We are planning to incorporate some of the most popular topics from the past as well as bring new suggested topics and speakers. We will have more details soon.


Ministry Formation Conference
September 17, 2016
Bishop Moore High School 
Bible Verse of the Week

"To you I raise my eyes, to you enthroned in heaven.”

Ps 123:1

On February 2, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, issued a Decree of Publication for the English translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. He wrote that this ritual text “may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. From that day forward, no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the dioceses of the United States.” The Spanish language edition of this rite, Ritual del Matrimonio, had already been published by the USCCB in 2010.

Once again, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the BCDW Secretariat Staff will team up to offer formation on the revised rite. Workshops have been strategically scheduled in regions across the country and the FDLC has prepared materials for liturgical catechesis. The workshops are intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage and for the celebration of Matrimony.  

The workshop for FDLC Region XIV will be held in Orlando on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul, Winter Park. The day-long workshop will combine the very best of liturgical theology and pastoral practice and will cover such topics as:
  • What's new in the second edition? What has stayed the same?
  • The Theology of Marriage
  • Duties and Ministries
  • Pastoral Preparation of Engaged Couples
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
  • The Elements of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and  Catechumen or a Non-Christian
  • Principles of Preparing the Wedding Liturgy
  • Music for the Wedding Liturgy
… and more with time for discussion and questions.
The cost of the workshop is $55 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, workshop materials, and presenter fees. Register online by clicking here.

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Dennis L. Johnson, Jr.
Secretary, Laity, Family and Life

Rev. Ben Berinti

Director, Campus Ministry UCF

Rev. Gaetan Boursiquot
Director, Haitian Ministry


Tomás Evans
Director, Catechist Formation

Lynda Monckton

Director, Family Ministry

Kimberly (Kimmy) Zeiler

Director, Youth Ministry

Marjorie Durante

Director, Whole Community Faith Formation


Yahaira Olmeda

Tony Marco
Campus Ministry

Sheila Henry

Elizabeth Ruiz

Edna Miro

Diana Jiménez




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