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Msgr. Toups Helps Review Seminarian Handbook in Rome

Monsignor David Toups, currently the rector of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, joined more than one hundred seminary rectors in Rome at the end of June. They discussed revisions to a handbook of best practices for the formation of seminarians. Listen to an interview he did with Vatican Radio about the meeting by clicking… Read More

Bishop Parkes Named Saint Leo University Trustee

Saint Leo University welcomed the Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL, as its newest member of the university’s board of trustees, effective July 1. Members of the volunteer board exemplify the university’s six core values and give of their time and expertise to ensure Saint Leo students receive… Read More

New Priest for Our Diocese

Bishop Parkes ordained Reverend Elixavier “Xavy” Castro to the priesthood on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Praise be to God! Photos (more will be posted in the coming week, so please continue to check back). If your parish would like free digital copies of any of the photos, please contact… Read More

2017 Ordination to the Priesthood

Bishop Parkes will ordain Deacon Elixavier “Xavy” Castro to the priesthood at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. All are invited to attend. The ordination will be live video streamed and broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5 (listen online at ). 

2017 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 25, is the 40th day after Easter, when the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – when Jesus ascended bodily into heaven in the sight of the apostles. Since the year 2000 in our diocese and the province of Florida, this holy day of obligation is transferred to the… Read More

Pope Francis Gives TED Talk

Pope Francis recently gave a TED Talk, urging people to make real connections with each other. “Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough,” Pope Francis said. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has… Read More

2017 Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Mass of Chrism usually takes place on Holy Thursday, but since the Diocese of St. Petersburg is so large and the priests and other people have to travel so far, it is held on Tuesday in… Read More

Survey & Listening Sessions with Bishop Parkes

As he settles into his new position as fifth Bishop of St. Petersburg, Bishop Parkes would like to hear the input and opinions of the faithful. He will be holding nine listening sessions across the Diocese over the next several months to hear the answers to the following three questions. What are we doing well as… Read More

Saint Leo University Makes Difference With Bottle Caps

More Than 12,000 Pounds Recycled to Purchase Wheelchairs for Children Giving back to the community is a central part of life at Saint Leo University, and a recent project not only helped others, but also protected the environment. Students, faculty, staff, and community organizations and businesses collected bottle caps for Caps of Love, a Florida-based… Read More