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John 21 Discernment Group

John 21 is a discernment group for young men who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering the possibility of priesthood or religious life.   Just as the disciples gained clarity of their call while eating breakfast with the Lord, so too will we. The group is open to anyone high school age and older. Everyone is welcome.

The group will meet on Saturday mornings at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa (5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614) beginning with mass at 8:30 am in the Church.

Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Parochial Vicar, will lead this discernment group. After mass, the group will gather for breakfast and conversation, followed by a scripture reflection and question and answer session.

Meeting dates are as follows:
November 18, 2017
January 13, 2018
March 17, 2018
May 12, 2018

Please RSVP to Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or

2017 Seminarian Vocation Poster Now Available!

The 2017 Seminarian Vocation Poster has been distributed to all parishes and schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  Each school received 10 posters and each parish received 5 posters.  The poster is double sided with English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Vocation Poster 2017

If you need more posters, or did not receive yours, please contact Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452.

National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week is November 5-11, 2017.

The theme for this year is Building a Vocation Culture in Today’s Church.

Here are some resources for parishes to use, more are available online (see link below).

Bulletin Blurbs

Prayers of the Faithful

Homily Notes

There are resources available online through Vianney Vocations.  Click here for resources.

Catechetical resources are available for all grade levels, preschool through young adult.

If you have any questions, you may call Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452.

Seminarian Pictures

During the annual seminarian convocation, new pictures were taken of all our seminarians, as well as a group photograph.

We have printed pictures available for you to order for your parish.  Or, if  you prefer, pictures can be sent to you electronically.  There is no cost to you for the printed pictures.

To order printed pictures, please fill out this Picture Order Form and email to Heidi Varley at or fax to (727) 374-0208.

Come and See For Women


Tucked away in the lovely rolling hills of St. Leo, Florida, you will find the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. We are consecrated religious women and are hosting a very special event for Women 50 Something.  Please see flyer attached here

If you are free to consider a religious vocation, be with us on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Holy Name Monastery from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Located at 12138 Wichers Road, St. Leo, Florida (just off SR 52).

Register with Sister Mary David, OSB by August 29th at: or call (352) 588-8320.

For information about the Benedictine Sisters of Florida visit our web-site:


Holy Hour for Vocations

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.  Fr. Carl Melchior will preside at this Holy Hour.

The December Holy Hour is on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy Hours for Vocations.



Ordination to the Priesthood

Congratulations to Reverend Elixavier “Xavy” Castro who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gregory Parks on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Fr. Castro will begin his first priestly assignment for the Diocese of St. Petersburg as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Land O’Lakes, Florida.

Please continue to keep Fr. Xavy in your prayers.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

This year we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 7, 2017.  The theme for this year is Led by the Spirit for Mission.

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.

2017 marks the 54th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations, in English, can be found here and in Spanish here.