Distinguished rabbi speaks on interfaith relations

A renowned rabbi, known affectionately as “the Pope’s rabbi,” thinks significant improvements have been made on the relationship between Catholics and Jews. That religious leader — Rabbi Abraham Skorka, of Buenos Aires, Argentina — visited Saint Leo University on Nov. 1 for a series of public discussions on interreligious dialogue. Skorka cultivated a friendship with Pope Francis in the … [Read more...]

Saying thanks, a million times over

John Picciano has fond memories of his years at Saint Leo University, and a deep appreciation for the influence that the Benedictine Sisters of Florida had on his life. That’s what motivated the CEO of Ogelthorpe Inc., to donate $1 million to the Benedictine Sisters’ The Future is Now Campaign. “The sisters, at that time, were very instrumental in bringing out my potential as a student,” … [Read more...]

Forgiveness brings freedom, genocide survivor says

There was a time when Immaculee Ilibagiza didn’t think she’d live to see another day. Now, she rejoices for each new day because it gives her a chance to share her faith. Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust,” was at St. Timothy Catholic Church on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, sharing her story of survival — which she attributes to God’s immense … [Read more...]

4,000 singers make music together in Rome

Singers from a choir from San Antonio were among 4,000 to join voices in Rome in a New Year’s Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis. “It was beautiful to hear all of the singing together,” said 14-year-old Catherine Beard, who belongs to the Saint Anthony Choristers from Saint Anthony of Padua Church. “We were in one place. We were all singing for God, together, from everywhere around the world,” … [Read more...]

Saint Anthony choir to perform for Pope Francis

Members of the Saint Anthony Choristers are departing Dec. 26 on a pilgrimage to Rome. The highlight of their trip will be to sing at the World Peace Day Papal Mass on New Year’s Day, said Sandra Lau, the choir director for the group from Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio. The 14 youth singers will be part of 5,000 youth singers from around the world that are taking part … [Read more...]

Creating the music of angels

San Antonio choir is invited to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome It’s a Wednesday afternoon and members of the Saint Anthony Choristers pay rapt attention as Sandra Lau, their director, runs through a practice. They sing portions of several hymns as they prepare for a special Mass, celebrating the sacrament of confirmation, at Saint Anthony of Padua Church in San Antonio. Lau is … [Read more...]

Giving youths a healthy place to hang out

It’s a Saturday morning and the sound of a basketball hitting the court reverberates throughout the gym in the Saint John Paul II Youth Center. Sneakers squeak, as players race back and forth down the court in a pickup game during the center’s open gym. Located on the campus of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz, the center officially opened on the Feast Day of Saint Timothy in late … [Read more...]