Seventy people, including three priests, from 27 parishes in the Diocese of Orlando, were among the hundreds of Catholics across the state of Florida, who gathered in Tallahassee for Catholic Days at the Capitol, March 3-4. The annual event gives Catholics the opportunity to speak about their faith in the public square and gives them a voice in shaping our state laws.
The two-day event included legislative briefings on issues affecting human life and dignity, meetings with elected officials and a luncheon. Activities culminated with the 40th Annual Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by the bishops of Florida, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee, to pray for those working in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government.
“It is important that everyone engage in the political process as a responsibility of faith so that we may use our voice to challenge and change unjust policies that impact the poor and vulnerable in society,” said Deborah Shearer, director of the diocesan Office of Advocacy and Justice. “This experience helps Catholics learn how to build relationships with political leaders and share our social teachings on the dignity of the human person in our advocacy efforts.”