San Pedro Spiritual Development Center (San Pedro Center) is located on almost 200 acres which includes beautiful properties nestled among protected Florida wetlands. Located on Lake Howell in Winter Park, the majority of the land was purchased in 1955 by Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. Archbishop Hurley had an uncanny ability to predict the growth patterns of the State of Florida. Nicknamed “ten-acre Joe,” Archbishop Hurley bought up key parcels of real estate all over the state with sites for future parishes in mind.
Fire Damage at San Pedro Spiritual Center
Guests and staff at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center are thankful no one was hurt, after a small electrical fire started in the lobby of Saint John the Apostle Conference Center. Firefighters showed up shortly before 5 p.m. on March 23. Guests reported smoke billowing from the roof. Fire crews ripped down the lobby ceiling and put out the flames quickly. Investigators believe a canister light shorted out and caused a slow burn.
“It could have been a lot worse if it happened at night, a lot worse,” remarked Battalion Chief Marc Baumgart with Seminole County Fire Department. Secretary of Education for the Diocese of Orlando, Henry Fortier, oversees San Pedro and agreed. “They were able to catch it early, so it didn’t destroy the building. We will assess the damage and determine what we need to do to make improvements while in the process of repairs.”
All other buildings on San Pedro property remain undamaged and can accommodate all guests who planned to visit over the coming days.
“We are most grateful to God that the damage was to the building only and no one was hurt,” said Bishop John Noonan. “The alertness of guests and staff and the quick response time of the Seminole County Fire Department contained the damage. Rebuilding quickly will be key as we continue to serve the faithful through retreats and educational offerings at San Pedro.”
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Sundays: 10:00 am
Monday-Friday: Morning Prayer at 8:00 am, followed by Mass at 8:30 am