Sanlando Springs, 1934
Ninth and tenth grade boys and girls from Saint James Church in downtown Orlando enjoy nature and good fun on a day trip to Sanlando Springs in Seminole County. Swimming and picnics at the springs were for many the highlight of school break and weekend bi ... Read more
Almsgiving, a Lenten Tradition
Almsgiving is a Lenten tradition at Saint James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando.St. James Cathedral has a long history of helping those in need in our community. During the 1973-74 recession years, the parishioners of St. James prepared f ... Read more
Saint James Cathedral: Come to Learn, Leave to Serve
Children engaged in learning at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, photo circa 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Mario Mesa Photo Archives.  ... Read more
"St. James has deep, deep roots in the culture of the Orange County community..."
From our city center, St. James Cathedral serves as a cornerstone for cultural diversity in Orange County and the seat of the diocese for Central Florida. In this oral history interview, educator Mary Jane Sevick describes the historic events which took p ... Read more
Around the Block
 Photo of the home built by Mr. Clarence Marsh at 315 Cathcart Avenue in downtown Orlando. In 1980  the family of the late Clarence Marsh arranged for his home to be sold to St. James Cathedral for the priests to use as their rectory at a price ... Read more
The Musical Life of Sister Mary Catherine Brennan
Sister Mary Catherine Brennan served as Director of Music for Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando for many years. She brilliantly suggested the Cathedral invest in a Wicks Pipe Organ which they now have to the benefit of our downtown community. ... Read more
Palm Sunday at Saint James Cathedral, 1984
Palm Sunday at St. James Cathedral 1984. Photo of parishioners from St. James and St. Luke's Cathedral in the parking lot of Saint James Cathedral on Palm Sunday, April 15th 1984 in downtown Orlando.The parishioners are waving palms for Palm Sunday, th ... Read more
122 Years of Catholic Education in Orlando
St. James parish has a tremendous impact on education... we are now into 122 years of Catholic education. The Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Augustine had a tremendous impact and contribution. They opened up St. Joseph's Academy which eventually was turne ... Read more
Desegregation in Orange County Schools
Educator Mary Jane Sevick remembers the day her students cleared their lockers at Robinswood Junior High School in response to a court order to desegregate Carver and Robinswood Junior High Schools. Hear her firsthand account of the event and  the tr ... Read more
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 incar ... Read more
Saint Patrick's Day at Saint James Cathedral
1982 photo of Saint Patrick's Day  festivities in the Community Life Center at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.  Fr. Page, Pastor of St. James Cathedral 1972-1986, envisioned a three level community center with an atrium for peopl ... Read more
The Irish Tinkers
The Irish Tinkers, a community of Irish gypsies, came through Orlando in the 1980s.Frank Sevick, Director of Religious Education at St. James Cathedral describes the nomadic lifestyle of these simple people and their welcome into the community.Listen to t ... Read more