Annual Retreat for Deacons and Wives 2021
October 11, 2021

The Annual Retreat for Deacons and Wives 2021 will take place in two sessions, the 1st one begins 10/19/2021 to 10/21/2021 and the 2nd begins 10/22/2021 to 10/24/2021 at the Bethany Center in Lutz. The Retreat Director for these is Reverend Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D., a Paulist priest, liturgical composer, theologian, and author. The theme […]

Ordination to the Diaconate
October 11, 2021

Join us for an Ordination to the Diaconate as four Bay Area men say “yes” to God and Bishop Gregory L. Parkes. Mass will take place Saturday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral in St. Petersburg. You can also view the livestream at or listen on the radio at […]

Deacon Joseph A. Polcari
June 17, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of Deacon Joe Polcari on Saturday, June 13, 2020. He was a retired deacon from St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater. His wife Teresa passed in 2014. Deacon Joe was ordained for the Archdiocese of Miami on May 2, 1982. He moved to the Diocese of St. Petersburg […]

Brian J. Moschetto, son of Deacon Sam & Pat Moschetto
November 4, 2019

Our office has received word of the passing of Brian J. Moschetto, son of Deacon Sam & Pat Moschetto from St. Ignatius of Antioch in Tarpon Springs, on October 31, 2019. The viewing for Brian will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Dobies Funeral Home located at […]

Eight Great Men Answer the Call to Become Deacons
October 22, 2019

Eight-hundred people attended the Diaconate Ordination Mass and more than 2,000 watched the live video stream on Facebook and Click here to view photos. Eight men stood at the front of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg on October 19, 2019 and committed to serving the Catholic Church with humble […]

Bishop Gregory Parkes to Ordain Eight Men as Deacons on October 19th
October 9, 2019

After five years of preparation through prayer, study and discernment, eight local men are ready for ordination as deacons. Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain Rafael Ferreris, Marc Garofani, Wil Huertas, Mike Miller, Pablo Riano, Hector Rios, Andrew Williams and Carlos Zayas to the permanent diaconate at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the […]

Fall and Winter 2019 Diakonia
September 30, 2019

Click here to read the Fall and Winter 2019 Diakonia. Diakonia is a seasonal newsletter published two times a year by the Office of the Diaconate If you have an article to submit please email to Deacon Cris Stout at or Deacon Jim Grevenites at

Deacon William “Bill” Diaz – May He Rest in Peace
September 26, 2019

We are saddened to announce that Deacon William “Bill” Diaz passed away on Sunday September 22, 2019. He is survived by his wife Violet of 68 years. Deacon Bill was ordained for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on May 2, 1987 and was assigned to Christ the King Parish in Tampa. During his active years […]