Guardian Angels is First School in Tampa Bay to Receive STREAM Certification
December 13, 2018

Earlier this month, Guardian Angels Catholic School became the first school in Tampa Bay to receive STREAM certification which is issued by the Florida Catholic Conference and the National Council for Private School Accreditation. They are the fifth school statewide to earn this distinction. In 2016, Guardian Angels Catholic School introduced a STREAM curriculum. STREAM […]

Saint Leo University Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Offering Online Classes
December 3, 2018

ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University on December 5 will celebrate its 20th anniversary of offering online education. Launched in December 1998, Saint Leo was one of the first institutions to embrace online education with the creation of the Center for Online Learning. In 1996, the university faced declining enrollments and increasing deficits. Under […]

Corpus Christi Catholic School Students Volunteer in the Community
November 28, 2018

Corpus Christi Catholic School’s mission is to develop in their students a passion for the Gospel and building a just and compassionate world through service to God and others. Each year, students participate in different service opportunities throughout the community. Eighth grade students volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries, Best Buddies and St. Vincent De Paul, amongst others. Younger […]

Saint Leo University Begins Christmas Season With Blessing of Nativity, Tree
November 27, 2018

ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University kicked off the Christmas season at the university’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the main campus on November 27. Father Kyle Smith, university chaplain, read the Christmas story from gospel of Luke: “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should […]

Students Find Relief in New Sensory Room at Morning Star School in Pinellas Park
November 26, 2018

Four years ago, Principal Susan Conza had a dream of building a Sensory Room for her students at Morning Star Catholic School. Now, it’s finally here and helping to calm and soothe children with autism and learning difficulties. The children are immersed in an environment that engages their senses to help them self-regulate when their […]

St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School Celebrates Veterans Day
November 12, 2018

The students of St. Cecelia Catholic School of Clearwater, Florida gathered by the school’s flagpole where they honored the courageous of our country, the veterans. A prayer service and flag raising to God Bless America was a very touching sight to behold. The students were asked the question, “Who are veterans?”  Among the answers that […]

Notre Dame Catholic School hosted its 2nd annual Field of Honor®
November 12, 2018

Notre Dame Catholic School was proud to host its 2nd annual Field of Honor® ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9 am. It was attended by over 200 people, not including the student body. The Field of Honor® flag event payed tribute to our veterans and service men and women with a moving display […]

Saint Leo University to Hold a Dialogue on Antisemitism in the U.S.
October 31, 2018

Following  the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh that killed 11 members of a Jewish synagogue, The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) of Saint Leo University invites everyone to a dialogue on antisemitism in the United States today, facilitated by Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, of Congregation Beth Am, Tampa, and Dr. Matthew Tapie, Assistant Professor of Theology, and […]

Students Surprise Bishop at School Mass
September 20, 2018

More than 100 students and staff of Morning Star Catholic School in Tampa surprised Bishop Gregory Parkes with a strong show of support for the new diocesan vision,  Courageously Living Gospel. On September 19, Bishop Parkes arrived at the school to celebrate their 60th anniversary Mass and found them all wearing  matching blue t-shirts with a call to […]

Good News! Book Fair Expands to the Diocese of St. Petersburg
September 13, 2018

September 12, 2018: – Good News! Book Fair launched its inaugural book fair in the Diocese of St. Petersburg in partnership with Notre Dame Catholic School in Spring Hill. “Bringing the Good News! Book Fair to our community at Notre Dame was an honor!”  said Mrs. Florence Buono, school principal. “It was extremely refreshing to […]

Saint Leo University Hosting Open House on September 29
September 10, 2018

Prospective Students Invited to Learn More about Academics, Organizations, Financial Aid ST. LEO – Saint Leo University will host two open houses this fall. Students of all ages are welcome to attend with their families and friends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, September 29. A second open house is planned for November 10. […]

Inaugural Commencement Ceremony was Held for Gannon University’s Ruskin Campus
August 27, 2018

Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., recognized graduates of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program as they become a part of Gannon history and received their diplomas at the University’s inaugural Commencement Ceremony at its Ruskin, Florida Campus. The Ceremony was held on Saturday, August 25 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and featured feature keynote […]

Saint Leo University Welcomes More than 700 New Students
August 17, 2018

Volunteers, including new president, help make the move-in process easy ST, LEO, FL ­ ­– Home sweet home: More than 700 new students moved to Saint Leo University’s main campus on Thursday, August 16. They were welcomed by orientation leaders, faculty, staff, administration, student-athletes, and coaches. As a car loaded with back-to-school gear would pull […]

Saint Leo’s First Provost Elected University’s 10th President
July 30, 2018

 Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese Creating Plans for National, International Growth Jeffrey D. Senese was elected as president of Saint Leo University on July 26 by the Board of Trustees. Senese is the university’s 10th president. He has served as the acting president of the university since the retirement of William J. Lennox Jr. on April […]

Congratulations to our 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
June 4, 2018

Congratulations to the valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2017/2018 school year from the seven Catholic high schools in our diocese! Note: The first year that Cristo Rey High School will have a class of seniors is 2020. Academy of the Holy Names Valedictorian Salutatorian Emma Gibbs Heston Evelyn Nicole Martinez   Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High […]

St. Petersburg Catholic High School To Implement International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
May 3, 2018

St. Petersburg Catholic High School has been approved as a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.  The school is now pursuing authorization as an IB World School.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education, which St. Petersburg Catholic believes is important for its students. “The […]

Three Catholic Schools Recognized as Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay
April 9, 2018

Three of our Catholic schools made the Tampa Bay Times’ Top 100 Workplaces in Tampa Bay list. Guardian Angels Catholic School was the top employer in the small category. (minimum of 50 local employees). On the list of the top 50 small employers, Clearwater Central Catholic High School was number 42 and St. Cecelia Interparochial […]

Holy Week in Our Schools
April 4, 2018

See how some of our schools journeyed through the 2018 Holy Week in the photos below. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Seminole Click on the album below to scroll through the photos. Christ the King Catholic School in Tampa Click on the album below to scroll through the photos. Clearwater Central Catholic High School in […]

Saint Leo University Makes a Difference, Ships Bottle Caps for Recycling
March 23, 2018

Close to 15,000 pounds of plastic donated for Caps of Love Project to provide wheelchairs SAINT LEO – Saint Leo University is focused on helping others and saving the planet—one plastic cap at a time. On Thursday, March 22, the university shipped about 15,000 pounds of bottle caps for recycling. The university again collected plastic […]

Our Schools Participated in National Walk-Out Day
March 20, 2018

Student walk-outs were planned all across the country on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, to call attention to school safety in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our Catholic high schools and some middle schools classes planned events at their schools to contribute to this national effort […]

Tampa Catholic’s Habitat for Humanity Club Volunteers for a Home Preservation
February 22, 2018

Tampa Catholic High School‘s Habitat for Humanity Club recently helped preserve a home for a family in Tampa. According to the site manager, TC volunteers cleared the yard, removed and repaired sheds, restored the garden, and created a list of needed upcoming fixes in almost half the time that the average volunteer groups take! Full […]

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School Learns, Serves, Leads and Succeeds
February 5, 2018

Every year, Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Students are given time to renew our faith in God and honor him by growing in our academic and spiritual development.  Students at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Lutz embraced this year’s theme: LEARN, SERVE, LEAD, SUCCEED by participating in a […]

Open Houses for Catholic Schools and Centers
January 14, 2018

Catholic Schools Week will be held Jan. 28-Feb. 3 around the country. This week is an opportunity to celebrate Catholic education in the United States and the many ways Catholic schools are improving lives of children from all demographics, faith backgrounds, and ethnicities. Catholic schools place a strong emphasis on academic excellence, community service, and […]

Saint Leo Makes A Difference On Campus and Off
November 3, 2017

Volunteers from across the nation, including those from Saint Leo University, observed Make A Difference Day on October 28. University Campus hosted a day of community service with volunteer opportunities offered on campus and off. “Saint Leo University participates in Make A Difference Day to demonstrate our core values of community and responsible stewardship,” said […]

Back to School
August 14, 2017

  August 9 was the first day of the 2017-2018 school year in our Catholic schools and Centers. See how some of our schools and centers celebrated the first day and week back at school in the photos below. If you have back to school photos that you would like to be included in the […]

Saint Leo University and Community Partners Donate Wheelchair to Woodland Student through Caps of Love Program
July 27, 2017

Saint Leo University’s core values of community and responsible stewardship were on full display on July 13, 2017, as the university presented a new wheelchair to Michael Ledford, a rising fourth-grader at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills, FL. Michael’s wheelchair was purchased using funds raised by Saint Leo and its many community partners through the […]

Bishop Parkes Named Saint Leo University Trustee
July 14, 2017

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 […]

Tampa Catholic Grad Going from One Scholarship to Another
June 13, 2017

“When she walked across the stage as a freshly minted graduate of Tampa Catholic High School a couple of weeks ago, Cheyenne Daphney looked out at the audience cheering in the downtown theater and thought about all the help she got along the way. Her mom, DJ Ruhland; her basketball coach, Matt Rocha; her teammates; […]

Bishop Larkin Class of 2017
June 5, 2017

Congratulations to all the eighth grade students from the Class of 2017.  Many will be attending Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School next year. Click here to see photos from the graduation celebration.

Groundbreaking for New Multi-Purpose Building at Bishop Larkin Catholic School
June 5, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-purpose building at Bishop Larkin Catholic School in Port Richey was held on May 25, 2017. Bishop Parkes, many of the school’s Parish Pastors,  Superintendent Chris Pastura, Dr. Mark Majewski, Dr. Ann Davis, Dr. Michael Tkacik, Mr. Mike Messano, State Representative Amber Mariano, Mr. Mike Fasano, many principals, other distinguished guests, and […]

St. Peter Claver Catholic School’s Junior Thespian Troupe Graduates
June 5, 2017

May 19, 2017 – Junior Thespian Troupe #89412 graduates from St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Tampa pose with Sister Maria Babtunde, principal, and Dr. Mark Majeski, associate superintendent of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The International Thespian Society honors student achievement in theatre. This initiative was directed by Ms. Carmen Lusignan, visual arts/drama teacher at […]

St. Raphael Catholic School Celebrates Mother’s Day
June 5, 2017

In honor of Mother’s Day, the May issue of Snell Isle Living featured a photo spread of the second grade class at St. Raphael Catholic School. The class created personal letters to their mothers which are depicted in the magazine as well as a class photo and individual photos of each child holding his/her hand-made memento. […]

Guardian Angels Catholic School Student Wins TurfMutt Contest
June 4, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Education and Research Foundation announced today the winners of TurfMutt’s national “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest. The grand prize winner’s school, Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clearwater, Fla., will receive a $10,000 grant to improve a green space on school grounds. The grand […]

Fourth Grade Students Visit Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
June 2, 2017

Fourth grade students from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and St. Cecelia Catholic School were able to visit Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Clearwater last week and witness the judicial process firsthand at Gold E. Lock’s Mock Trial sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association. Click here to see photos. “In a mock trial that took […]

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Hosts 4th Annual Respect Rally
June 2, 2017

Students from OLL and Morning Star School participated in field day events to promote understanding, kindness and respect on May 5, 2017 for the fourth year. Click here to see photos. “This was the 4th Annual Respect Rally for the students at OLL and Morning Star School. Our goal is to interact will each other […]

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School’s Science Department Wins Catholic Education (ICE) Award
April 26, 2017

Congratulations to Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School’s Science Department, winner in the Technology Integration category of the Innovation in Catholic Education (ICE) Awards! The Science Department was selected due to the faculty’s and students’ hard work creating custom-designed 3D printed products for the community.  Full story: | Photos

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Serves Meals at Pinellas Hope
April 18, 2017

April 12, 2017 – Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School collected food, cooked, packaged and served lunches for 120 people who are residents at Pinellas Hope. The Student Council assisted in the transportation and distribution of the lunches. They also delivered the donations of clothes, toiletries, and items collected. Click here to see photos.

Ash Wednesday 2017 in Our Schools and Centers
March 3, 2017

March 1 was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. See how some of our Catholic schools and centers spent Ash Wednesday. If you have photos from Ash Wednesday at your school that you would like to be included in the photo album, please email them to We also encourage you to send in […]

Interfaith Day at St. Stephen Catholic School
February 13, 2017

St. Stephen’s Catholic School Principal Linda Umoh dreamed of hosting an interfaith day from the moment she accepted her role as school principal in July. Now more than ever, Umoh sees a need to eradicate fear and ignorance among Americans and she knew that an interfaith day would be a strong step in that direction. […]

2017 Catholic Schools Week
February 7, 2017

Catholic Schools Week 2017 was January 29 through February 4. See how our Catholic Schools and Centers celebrated in the photos below. If you have photos from your school that you would like to be added to the album, please email them to Photos will be added as they are received. Please note that in order […]