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St. James Cathedral… An Opportunity to Serve

“However you can volunteer to help someone enriches your life and makes it better,” Mary Jane Sevick shares in  this excerpt (9:38)  from an oral history interview at St. James Cathedral on August 15, 2011.  She and her husband, Frank Sevick, reflect on the opportunities given to them to serve their community and the welcoming life of the parish in downtown Orlando.

Frank Sevick says, “St. James has aways been very welcoming to me and I think this is where God wants me to be.” As leaders of the tour for the restored St. James Cathedral which reopened in November 2011, the Sevicks had the opportunity to study the new Cathedral art and prepare docent guides. Frank says, “I think the artwork is first class…I come from Philadelphia where all the churches have beautiful artwork…”

The Sevicks have seen three renovatons of the Cathedral in their years in Orlando and share, “I think I agree with so many parishioners the first and important thing was to have the Blessed Sacrament present in the main Cathedral again. There is a new sense of reverence and holiness in God’s place.”

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Valerie Hall, St. James Parishioner
Interview with Valerie Hall at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, November 6th, 2010. Born in Jacksonville, Florida Valerie Hall came to...
Sister Mary Katherine Palisin, Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Sister Mary Katherine Palisin, Sisters of Notre Dame nun and Director of Pastoral Ministry at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
Saint James Cathedral Community Life
Community plant sale at Saint James Cathedral Community LIfe Center in downtown Orlando.   Fr. Page, Pastor of St. James Cathedral 1972-1986, en...
Confirmation at Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Joseph Selesky receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Grady at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Mary Jane S...
Michael R. Walsh, St. James Cathedral Parishioner
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St. James Cathedral... An Opportunity to Serve

"However you can volunteer to help someone enriches your life and makes it better," Mary Jane Sevick shares in this excerpt BELOW from an oral history interview at St. James Cathedral on August 15, 2011.  She and her husband, Frank Sevick, reflect on the opportunities given to them to serve their community and the welcoming life of the parish in downtown Orlando. Frank Sevick says, "St. James has aways been very welcoming to me and I think this is where God wants me to be." As leaders of the tour for the restored St. James Cathedral which reopened in November 2011, the Sevicks had the opportunity to study the new Cathedral art and prepare guides.

Frank says, "I think the artwork is first class...I come from Philadelphia where all the churches have beautiful artwork...." The Sevicks have seen three renovations of the Cathedral in their years in Orlando and share, I think I agree with so many parishioners the first and important thing was to have the Blessed Sacrament present in the main Cathedral again. There is a new sense of reverence and holiness in God's place.




Mary Jane Sevick

Fr. Domingo Gonzalez was the first Hispanic priest at St. James and at one time St. James was the only church in Orlando that provided a Catholic Mass in Spanish for the Hispanic community. Learn more about the origins of community life in Orlando in  this excerpt  from an oral history interview with Mary Jane Sevick at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando on August 15th, 2011.




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