Catholic Charities of Central Florida Updates

  • New Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida Will Bring Greater Awareness to the Needs of the Poor
  • ODCCW Supports Catholic Charities of Central Florida

New Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida Will Bring Greater Awareness to the Needs of the Poor

Mr. Joe Buranosky joined Catholic Charities of Central Florida on April 30, 2012. He is dedicated to engaging Catholics in Central Florida in the important mission and ministry of Catholic Charities, which serves people in need, providing hope and building opportunity. 

“My principal hope is that we can, as a Catholic community, engage everyone in the idea that Catholic Charities is a ministry that belongs to all of us and that now more than ever, we have so many people out there that are hurting; that are in need. We need to try and help. That is what Jesus tells us to do.”

As past Director of Operations at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Mr. Buranosky worked with the Rector and staff to begin a ministry to help the poor and homeless and support local social justice initiatives.

Buranosky is very hands on, working with the poor on a one on one basis. Buranosky has also been volunteering at Shepherd’s Hope, a free medical clinic for the uninsured, for about the last nine years.

It’s clear that Buranosky shares a passion for this type of ministry work and he describes it as integral to our faith as Catholics. “When you take a look at the Gospel in particularly Matthew 25; that’s a great call to every Catholic that we all have to be engaged. We all have to be involved and concerned about our brother and sister,” said Buranosky.

Buranosky is 30 year military veteran, an avid gardener and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Apopka; serving on the Parish Finance Committee, as well as serving as a Eucharistic Minister and lector.

The Pittsburgh native has been married for 30 years and met his wife, a navy nurse at the time, while they were both stationed overseas in Iwakuni, Japan at the Marine Corps Air Station. They have two adult children and have lived all over the United States including Washington DC, California and Hawaii.

After his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2002, once Buranosky came back to Florida, he went on to work at Lockheed Martin, the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program at Edgewater High School, and the Basilica for three years.

Buranosky is excited about the next chapter in his life. Joe Buranosky can be reached at  


ODCCW Supports Catholic Charities of Central Florida

The Orlando Diocese Council of Catholic Women met from April 28 to the 30 during the 44th Annual ODCCW Convention in Lake Mary and the women who attended chose to support Catholic Charities of Central Florida in a big way.

Attendees were asked to bring backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as peanut butter and powdered milk for needy school children in the Diocese of Orlando. The donation was given to Catholic Charities of Central Florida to distribute in the nine counties of our Diocese. Catholic Charities received a 4,000 pound donation from the Council of Catholic Women.

“We are so grateful for these wonderful gifts. Just think about how many more children will have the supplies they so very much need,” said Karen Beary, Vice President of CCCF.

On Saturday, April 28 Catholic Charities was presented with a 2,000 dollar check at the conference. Bishop John Noonan of the Diocese of Orlando presided at the closing Mass and banquet where there was also a collection taken up benefiting the agency.

“We hope to continue to build a stronger and closer relationship with the Council of Catholic Women at the Diocese, deanery and local parish levels,” explained Beary.

Guest speakers at the convention included Karen Beary; along with Deborah Shearer with the Diocesan Office of Advocacy and Justice, among others.