Our Church

Our Mission

To serve the spiritual, social and educational needs of the people as a reconciling presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. To allow the Holy Spirit to form us into a God-centered, prayerful and caring community.

Our Vision

To be a center of worship,  service and fellowship. A community of care and outreach, a place to gather and to be the presence of Jesus Christ in our world.

Our Parish History

Our parish was established in May 1987 to address the population growth in our area and to better serve the religious needs of the Catholics in Southeast Orange County.

1987-1999

Our first pastor, Reverend Robert Hoeffner, bought a rectory building and set up a temporary office at Blessed Trinity Parish. In the spring of 1988, construction began on the Parish Hall. In the fall of 1996, construction began on the Parish Administration building.  Father Phillip Nuñez III, the Parochial Vicar, joined Reverend Hoeffner in 1997 and assisted in ministering to the needs of the Hispanic members of the Parish.

1999-2003

In the Summer of 1999, Father Robert Markunas became the new pastor at St. Isaac. In addition to his pastoral duties, he handled Catholic radio programming for the Hispanic population in the Orlando area. Father Ybain Ramirez replaced Father Phillip Nuñez, III as the new Parochial Vicar in August of 2001. During that time, extensive work was done in planning the construction of a new church for St. Isaac Jogues Parish. With the community growing, it was evident that a new worship environment was needed.

Father J. Fernando Gil, J.C.D. became our third Pastor in October of 2003. Shortly after, Bishop Norbert Dorsey along with Father Gil and founding pastor Father Robert Hoeffner broke ground for the new church. Several years following, our parish grew its clergy from three ordained Deacons to seven. Father Andrew Wojtan was brought in as the new Parochial.

As the community of St. Isaac Jogues has grown closer to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, it has also grown outward to over 3000 families. On May 14, 2005, a new chapter of the life of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Community began with the Rite of Dedication of the new church building. Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski, the new Bishop of Orlando at the time, was the principal celebrant for this amazing celebration. With the dedication, our parish opened our new church exactly eighteen years after we were created by then Bishop Thomas Grady.

2005-2021

In 2005, we welcomed Fr. José Muñoz to St. Isaac Jogues as our new pastor. Father Jose led the parish with zeal and great leadership, growing our Faith Formation Programs and maturing our ministries. In June 2021, after 16 very successful years as St Isaac Jogues pastor, Father Muñoz transferred to another Orlando Diocese parish.  In June 2021, we welcomed Father José Bautista as our fifth pastor, with Father Enrique Guerra  as our Parish Vicar. We are very blessed to have such wonderful priests leading our community.

2022 – PRESENT

Today, we are grateful to welcome over 5,000 families to our wonderful community of faith.  As we  gear to  celebrate the 35th anniversary of our parish in  2022, we count our many blessings, continue to  mature as a  community and grow closer to Christ. We look toward the future and know that we have many great  things in store. We have grown greatly in the years since 1987.

What makes St. Isaac Jogues a special place is the diversity, sense of belonging and ownership of our people,  who continue to distinguish our parish as a vibrant Catholic force in  Central Florida. Our parish strives to be good stewards of the gifts bestowed upon us by God, and  we give thanks every day for His  blessings  by empowering all members to share their time, talents and treasures, as God has intended.