July 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, July is a month that we celebrate religious freedom. This week marks the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the U.S. Department of State with 1,000 religious and civil society leaders and foreign ministers from 115 countries. The Ministerial reaffirms international commitments to promote religious freedom and combat religious persecution. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 first manned mission to land on the moon. For religious freedom and for Central Florida, with its history in this industry, this is a major anniversary. Christianity played a role in the Apollo 11 mission’s “giant leap for mankind.” When American astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a devout Christian, made history landing on the moon, the first thing he did was give thanks to God. Meanwhile, at the Vatican Observatory near Rome, Italy, Pope St. Paul VI watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on television. He gave an address, blessed the astronauts, and said: “Honour, greetings and blessings to you, conquerors of the Moon, pale lamp of our nights and our dreams! Bring to her, with your living presence, the voice of the spirit, a hymn to God, our Creator and our Father.” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth – Genesis 1:1 

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Pope St. Paul VI looking at the moon through the Vatican Observatory’s telescope, July 20, 1969.

Building God’s Kingdom on Earth

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida works with generous donors like you to steward giftsthat deepen the Catholic faith and build His Kingdom on earth. We professionally manage more than $50 million in endowment investments that are socially screened to respect Catholic values and reflect our donors’ values. We invest donors’ charitable gifts on their behalf and channel the returns directly to the parish, school, ministry or cause they choose. To strengthen our partnership with generous donors, we recently held an investor seminar and have another scheduled for October. Our upcoming investing seminar welcomes donors who want to invest in a way that values their faith as it builds a world they celebrate.

Investor seminar. Here’s what attendees had to say:


  • 90% of survey respondents said they were “Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied” with the information and format at our June seminar at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration.

What did they like most?

  • “Very informative”
  • “The small atmosphere made for an easy conversation.”
  • “Learning about investing based on my Catholic values.”
  • “I think there is a need for parishioners to understand the offerings.”
  •  “Very hospitable.”

Don’t miss our next Investor Seminar

Seats Are Filling Fast!

St. Teresa Build A World To Celebrate Through Faith-Based Investing Thursday, October 10, 2019 Investor Seminar 9AM – 2PM St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (Titusville) 203 Ojibway Avenue Titusville, Florida 32780 Please click here to register for this event. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Camous at rcamous@cfocf.org or 407-246-7192.

Building Our Catholic Future: A New Generation of Leaders

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The Catholic Foundation is partnering with Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) Orlando to grow the Catholic faith among a new generation of leaders. The Foundation and YCP Orlando this month teamed up on a coffee-with-Bishop-John-Noonan social media contest for Central Florida residents ages 20 to 39. Foundation staff this month also attended a retreat with YCP members at the San Pedro Spiritual Development Center in Winter Park.

Win Coffee with Bishop John Noonan!

Coffee with Bishop John Noonan Contest

Nathan Nasby Selfie “My faith teaches me each and every day that the mysteries of God are so great that one cannot even begin to comprehend their magnitude. It is this cornerstone of my faith that now keeps me humble and willing to listen with an open heart, as the adventure of life is far greater than my little assumptions. There’s no telling where the Lord will take me next.” – Nathan Nasby #YCPGivesOCA #oviedocatholic #faithstory

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In the Community: Partnering with Young Catholics

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Our Catholic Appeal: Community Impact

Thank you for your gifts that deliver God’s love and hope!

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Supporting Leadership & Parish Life

Your gift to Our Catholic Appeal strengthens our Catholic faith by supporting seminarians who are preparing to dedicate their lives to serving our community as a new generation of priests. Please click here to read more.

Vida Parroquial y Liderazgo

Su donación a Nuestro Llamado Católico fortalece nuestra fe católica al apoyar a los seminaristas, quienes se preparan para dedicar sus vidas para servir a nuestra comunidad como una nueva generación de sacerdotes. Por favor haga clíc aquí para más información.

Our Catholic Appeal: Transforming Lives

Our Catholic Appeal Infographic Icon Please click here to see our “OCA 101” dynamic infographic explaining Our Catholic Appeal’s community impact.

Our Catholic Appeal: Videos

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Planned Giving: Industry News

Please click here to read philanthropy news to help you plan your Catholic Legacy.

Thank you for your generosity! God bless you!

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