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An Irish Priest in Orlando

Oral history interview with Fr. John McCormick, Rector of St. James Cathedral, at Panera Bread on Eola Drive July 12, 2011. Fr. McCormick obtained his Licenciate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1968. The Dublin born priest was incardinated to the Diocese of Orlando in 1983 and has spent a lifetime serving in the Orlando community.

Part I – Life in Ireland, Education, Orlando Memories (20:22) Listen

Part II – Catholic Traditions, St. James Cathedral, Blessings of Life in Orlando (21:13) Listen

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Saint Patrick's Day photo  of Father John McCormick at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
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Fr. John McCormick, Rector of St. James Cathedral

Oral history interview with Fr. John McCormick, Rector of St. James Cathedral, at Panera Bread on Eola Drive July 12, 2011. Fr. McCormick obtained his Licenciate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1968. The Dublin born priest was incardinated to the Diocese of Orlando in 1983 and has spent a  lifetime serving in the Orlando community.
 
Part I - Life in Ireland, Education, Orlando Memories   (20:22)  Listen below.

Part II - Catholic Traditions, St. James Cathedral, Blessings of Life in Orlando   (21:13)  Listen
 




Fr. John McCormick, Rector of St. James Cathedral

Oral history interview with Fr. John McCormick, Rector of St. James Cathedral, at Panera Bread on Eola Drive July 12, 2011. Fr. McCormick obtained his Licenciate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1968. The Dublin born priest was incardinated to the Diocese of Orlando in 1983 and has spent a  lifetime serving in the Orlando community.
 
Part I - Life in Ireland, Education, Orlando Memories   (20:22)  Listen

Part II - Catholic Traditions, St. James Cathedral, Blessings of Life in Orlando   (21:14)  Listen below.




Hamburgers in Hog's Heaven

Reflections on how amazing it is to live in the United States from Dublin born Father John McCormick, Rector of Saint James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando. In this excerpt  from an oral history interview at Panera Bread on Eola Dr., July 12th, 2011, 28 years to the day of Fr. John's first arrival at St. James and 10 years after his return on September 11th, 2001, Fr. John states, "There is absolutely no question that God has blessed this country in ways that no other country has been blessed." He recalls eating hamburgers in Hog's Heaven when his Dirty Harry hero Clint Eastwood was Mayor of Carmel, and seeing the varied beauty of the great American landscape on vacation with friends. Regarding Orlando he says, "There's lots of life in Orlando right now to look forward to and to participate in. You just have to look in the mirror once and a while and realize how blessed we are."




Christmas Cakes, Plum Pudding, and Chocolate for Breakfast

Dublin born Father John McCormick, Rector of Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, shares his childhood memories of Christmas in this excerpt from an oral history interview at Panera Bread on Eola Drive, July 12th, 2011. He says, "The biggest feast day in Ireland by far, Christmas Day."




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