Tom Wilkes on Community, Stewardship & St. James Cathedral
Tom Wilkes grew up in College Park when oranges groves were plentiful and Disney was a Sentinel Star article about a mystery buyer of property. After college he and his wife, Jean Wilkes, settled in Orlando and joined St. James Cathedral in 1978 where the ... Read more
A Blessing for Downtown and Saint James Cathedral
The atrium of Saint James Cathedral is alive with children and families enjoying coffee and donuts Sunday mornings. The investment parishioners made in the late 1970's to build a center for community gathering envisioned by Father David Page, Pastor of Sa ... Read more
Thanking God for the Blessings of Our Nation
LISTEN as Orlando attorney Tom Wilkes gives thanks for the blessings of our country in this excerpt from an oral history interview on March 26th, 2011 at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. "I dearly love the freedom we have in this country. The fa ... Read more
It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn
Faced with dwindling financial resources as downtown Orlando's population shifted from families to senior citizens on fixed income, Saint James School Principal Blanka Roberts literally turned off the lights in the school hallways to save money. Roberts p ... Read more
Saint James Cathedral: a Legacy of Community Building
In 1978 downtown Orlando consisted of empty storefronts and an economic recession darkened the nation. It was at this critical point in the history of Orlando that Father David Page of St. James Cathedral envisioned expanding the church at the corner of O ... Read more
Saint James Cathedral Celebrates 125 Years of Orlando History
St. James Cathedral celebrates 125 years in downtown Orlando with a reunion this weekend of priests, religious and parishioners. The church continues its service to the community with a St. Vincent De Paul stewardship drive for the needy in our area and a ... Read more