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September 11th, 2011 oral history interview with Orlando attorney Michael R. Walsh at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Hear highlights from his interview in this  6 minute excerpt.

Mr. Walsh came to Orlando in May 1964 and remembers how beautiful it was to go to Mass in the old church. He says, “At St. James you felt really as if you were home to start with….. St. James, of course, it is an integral part of the downtown community of Orlando and as the Cathedral, it has great influential ties to the Central Florida area in many, many different respects…. It was one of the first churches in the area, if not the first, to go into feeding the homeless, Daily Bread.”

“At daily Mass at 7 o’clock there’s a group of people that come into your life that you would never really encounter unless you did something like that. And then there are other people as you branch out into activities at St. James that enrich your life in many respects by bringing people to God through what they do.”

Mr. Walsh serves as a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick bringing Holy Communion to those in nursing homes and homebound residents. He has been active in Legal Aid in Orlando since 1965.

He is currently listed as Best Lawyers in America by Neifeh and Smith, Best Lawyers in the U.S. by Town & Country Magazine, Florida Super Lawyers – Top 100. Mr. Walsh received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. He is a Life Fellow of the Florida Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the Royal Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  

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Michael R. Walsh, St. James Cathedral Parishioner
September 11th, 2011 photo of Orlando attorney Michael R. Walsh at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Hear highlights from his oral history...
Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral

Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral 




Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral



Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral



Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral



Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral



Mike Walsh, Saint James Cathedral



Michael R. Walsh, St. James Cathedral Parishioner

September 11th, 2011 oral history interview with Orlando attorney Michael R. Walsh at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Hear highlights from his interview in this 6 minute excerpt.
 

Mr. Walsh came to Orlando in May 1964 and remembers how beautiful it  was to go to Mass in the old church. He says, "At St. James you felt really as if you were home to start with..... St. James, of course, it is an integral part of the downtown community of Orlando and as the Cathedral, it has great influential ties to the Central Florida area in many, many different respects.... It was one  of the  first churches in the area, if not the first, to go into feeding the homeless, Daily Bread."

"At daily Mass at 7 o'clock there's a group of people that come into your life that you would never really encounter unless you did something like that. And then there are other people as you branch out into activities at St. James that enrich your life in many respects by bringing people to God through what they do."
 

Mr. Walsh serves as a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick bringing Holy Communion to  those in  nursing homes and homebound residents. He has been active in Legal Aid in Orlando since 1965.
 

He is currently listed as Best Lawyers in America by Neifeh and Smith, Best Lawyers in the U.S. by Town & Country Magazine, Florida Super Lawyers - Top 100, and he  is a Life Fellow  of the Florida Bar Foundation.  




Community Giving: A History of Sharing Time, Talent, and Treasure in Orlando

From a $90,000 a year thrift store for the poor to soup and sandwiches for the hungry, St. James Cathedral's history of community giving is dedicated to serving the needy in our area. As an Orlando organization tithing 10 % of their collection, St. James financially supports such worthwhile institutions as Apopka Family Learning Center, B.E.T.A. Center, Coalition for the Homeless, Covenant House of Central Florida, Fresh Start, Health Care Center of the Homeless, iDignity, JMJ Life Center, Morning Star School, Russell Home for Atypical Children and more. In this excerpt from an oral history interview at St. James Cathedral on August 15, 2011, Frank and Mary Jane Sevick highlight the origins and outreach of a few St. James community activities such as offering soup and sandwich to those hungry at lunchtime which grew into the Daily Bread and the development of the Christian Service Center. They recall St. James parishioners such as Kathy Hummel one of the founding members of B.E.T.A., Beverly Gawlick who started Outreach Love,  Dick Rupp who assisted with the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Parramore, and Fr. David Page who worked diligently with the downtown community to establish the Christian Service Center. The legacy of community building continues as 2,789 people in Orlando were assisted by St. James through St. Vincent de Paul donations last year. Learn more about the history of community organizations in the Orlando area and the contributions made to the lives of our citizens in this interview.




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