Welcome to our New Seminarians

Bishop Parkes, per the recommendation of the Seminarian Admission Board, has accepted four new seminarians who will begin their seminary studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami in August. The new seminarians are as follows: Paul Ciulei – home parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin Phillip Dvorak – home parish: St. John Vianney, St. …

National Catholic Sisters Week

Since 2014 National Catholic Sisters Week has been celebrated from March 8-14. NCSW is a dedicated celebration of Catholic Sisters intended to raise awareness of their vital contributions, both past and present. National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes.  The hope …

Come and See Weekend, March 9-11, 2018

Come and See Weekends are held at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami twice a year.  These weekends serve to provide opportunities for male high school juniors and older to get a first-hand experience of seminary life and the opportunity to interact with other young men who are discerning a vocation. Our next Come …

Annual Vocation Promotion and Awareness Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018 for the Annual Vocation Promotion and Awareness Workshop at the Bethany Center in Lutz.  The day will begin with mass at 9:00 am in the St. James Chapel, followed by check-in.  The day will conclude at 2:00 pm. Our theme this year is “Celebrating 50 Years of Vocations”.  …

John 21 Discernment Group, January 13, 2018

The next meeting of the John 21 Discernment group is Saturday, January 13, 2018 beginning with mass at 8:30 am. This group meets at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa (5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614). John 21 is a discernment group for young men who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering …

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 …

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 …

Transitional Diaconate Ordinations

Congratulations to our seminarians, Lou Turcotte, Tim Williford and Kyle Bell, who were ordained transitional deacons on April 1, 2017 by Bishop Parkes. God willing, these three men will be ordained priests for the diocese on May 19, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

Come and See Weekend at St. John Vianney College Seminary

Held at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami twice a year, these weekends serve to provide opportunities for male high school juniors and older to get a first-hand experience of seminary life and the opportunity to interact with other young men who are discerning a vocation. The Diocese will provide transportation and there is …

National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week November 6-12, 2016 We are the Children of God The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time on the heels of the Feast of All Saints and All Souls marks a moment when Jesus illustrates the limits of our imagination.  Jesus proclaims our relationship with God and its possibilities goes beyond our earthly imagination.  …

Welcome to our 6 New Seminarians

We would like to welcome six new men studying as seminarians for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. All six men began their studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami in early August after attending the annual seminarian convocation.  The convocation gave them the opportunity to meet their brother seminarians over the course of …

Update on Seminarian Special Collection!!

The diocesan special collection for our seminarians, “Help Us Continue Forming Men of Mercy,” took place in all parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg this past May.   Early results are in, and we are pleased to announce the special collection was a huge success with almost $500,000 raised through the generosity of parishioners in our 81 …

Five Priests Ordained for Diocese of St. Petersburg

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 am, Bishop Robert Lynch ordained five men to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. From left to right: Fr. Jonathan Stephanz; Fr. Felipe Gonzalez; Bishop Lynch; Fr. Alex Padilla; Fr. Brad Reed and Fr. Kevin Yarnell. The newly ordained priests began their first assignments …

2016 Special Collection for Seminarians

Plans are underway for special collection for our seminarians, which will take place in all parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in May 2016.  The theme for the collection is “Help Us Continue Forming Men of Mercy,” which ties into the Extraordinary Year of Mercy and overall theme of our diocesan vocations promotions for this …

Giving Tuesday

Black Friday, Thanksgiving Madness Sales, Cyber Monday – it all points to a huge amount of money spent with a materialistic shopping focus.  #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, works to combat materialism and get people nationwide to do something for the greater good. #GivingTuesday 2015 kicks off the season of giving on December 1st.  …

Welcome to Our New Seminarians

We are happy to announce that we have accepted four new seminarians for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. These four men entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami earlier this month as Pre-Theologians. The seminarians pictured (left to right) are Donald Amodeo (Holy Family Parish); Zachary Brasseur (St. Paul Parish, St. Petersburg); Peter Gonzalez …

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

The diocesan celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life will continue at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle on October 31, 2015.  Principal celebrant will be Bishop Robert N. Lynch.  This joyous liturgy will be followed by a luncheon for all the religious in the diocese.  This year’s Jubilarians will also be celebrated in …