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Ace Reporters share their faith online: Kelly, an eighth grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Palm Bay, believes it is important to share her faith with others. During the 2013-14 school year, she will be doing just that as an Ace Reporter for the Diocese of Orlando.

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Kelly, an eighth grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Palm Bay, believes it is important to share her faith with others. During the 2013-14 school year, she will be doing just that as an Ace Reporter for the Diocese of Orlando.

Launched in 2009, the Ace Reporter program allows youth in grades 5 through high school attending a Catholic school or participating in parish youth group to write articles about the people, places and events that are having an impact on their faith and education. Their work appears on Faith News Online, a special section of the Diocese of Orlando Web site.

The original class consisted of 12 students representing nine schools. Today 80 students representing 16 schools serve as Ace Reporters.

“I wanted to be an Ace Reporter because I felt other members of the Diocese of Orlando should be informed on what is happening at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Parish,” Kelly said. “I also believe it is important to share our faith with others.”

“God wanted us, his people, to evangelize and set great examples for humankind,” she continued. “Those who are of the faith tend to lead better lives. Therefore, I believe it is important to continue sharing our faith with others and to be good role models.”

Marvin, an eighth grade student and Ace Reporter from at Lourdes Academy in Daytona Beach, said he enjoys using his writing talents to express his feelings.

“Ace Reporter helps me share my faith because I believe that we are called to proclaim the word of the Lord,” he said. “I like spreading the word and sharing how God has changed my life.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to write about their faith and have a positive impact on other people by sharing the hope and beauty of the Catholic faith,” said Teresa Peterson, director of the Diocese of Orlando Office of Communications. “When their articles are posted online, their words reach people near and far with the Good News of Jesus Christ. They are communicating hope and faith on the World Wide Web and that is what the world needs most.”

The Ace Reporter program runs through May. In addition to student reports, Faith News Online features Ask Father Faith, a column that offers students the opportunity to submit a question about their faith to be answered by one of the diocese’s priests; Fun Facts, short facts from YouCat, a version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, written for and by young people; and the Saint of the Month, a short biography of a saint.

To learn more about what is happening in the faith journeys and education of our youth, visit www.orlandodiocese.org/faithnews

A record number of 80 students from 16 parish and Catholic high schools throughout the Diocese of Orlando will give witness to and share their faith during the 2013-2014 school year as Ace Reporters. Launched in 2009, the Ace Reporter program allows students to write articles about and photograph the people, places and events that are having an impact on their faith and education. Their work appears on Faith News Online, a special section of the Florida Catholic / Diocese of Orlando Web site.