The Week of Caring in the Year of Mercy
September 20, 2016

From September 17 to September 24, the Catholic schools and centers of our diocese partnered with Somebody Cares Tampa Bay for Carefest 2016. Students joined thousands of volunteers across Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties to help the local community during this week of service. Photos

Share Your Pet Photos
September 19, 2016

Do you have a dog, cat, fish, hamster or horse? We are putting together a photo album of your pets to post on the diocesan website & social media along with a special prayer for animals for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4. Please email a photo of your pet, living …

Healing Service for the Divorced, Separated or Remarried on 9/18/16
September 15, 2016

Divorced? Remarried? Got questions? The Church is here for you. Christ extends his abundant and generous mercy to you through his Church in ways you may never have expected! Join others who may be experiencing the pain of a divorce or separation for a free mini-retreat at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the Cathedral of St. …

Saint Leo University Earns Best Regional University, Best Value Honors from “2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges”
September 14, 2016

Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Saint Leo ranked 62nd among regional universities in the South, which marks a rise from its previous ranking of …

Sr. Marie Celeste Sullivan, OSF – May She Rest in Peace
September 9, 2016

We received word of the passing of Sister Marie Celeste Sullivan, OSF, 87, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, while receiving care at the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York. Sister Sullivan enjoyed a long history in hospital administration, having served as CEO of St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa. Her story is detailed in …

Obituaries ~ September 6, 2016
September 6, 2016

Rev. Msgr. Laurence E. Higgins, Pastor Emeritus, St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa Click here for more information. Well done good and faithful servant.

Witnessing the Canonization of Mother Teresa
September 4, 2016

September 4, 2016 – Sister Regina Ozuzu, H.H.C.J., principal of Bishop Larkin Catholic School in Port Richey, proudly represented the Bishop Larkin Catholic School family and our diocese in Rome as Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint. Sister Regina joined an estimated 120,000 people from around the world in St. Peter’s Square for the Canonization …

Preparing for a New Bishop
September 2, 2016

May 27 was Bishop Lynch’s seventy-fifth birthday. On that day, he signed and sent a letter to the Holy Father asking to retire after having reached the mandatory “age limit” for bishops. Our diocese is now in a waiting period to hear from the Vatican who our new bishop will be.  Bishop Lynch will still be in office until we …

Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins – May He Rest in Peace
August 26, 2016

We sadly report the passing of Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins at his rectory home under hospice care, Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, approaching his 88th birthday. Monsignor Higgins was born September 3, 1928 in Magherafelt, County Derry, Northern Ireland to John and Philomena Higgins. He was the third oldest of eight children – Eoin, Mary, Ruaidhri, …

Clergy Changes ~ August 22, 2016
August 22, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: Appointment Rev. Francisco Hernandez, Diocese of Caguas, Puerto Rico, as Parochial Vicar, Incarnation Parish, Tampa, effective August 1, 2016. Relieve Reverend Joseph H. Chong, S.D.B. as Parochial Vicar of Mary, Help of Christians Parish, Tampa, effective July 5, 2016.  Father Chong …

Celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 10, 2016

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Monday, August 15 this year. Since it falls on a Monday, it is not a holy day of obligation. If you would still like to honor the Blessed Mother, we invite you to attend a daily Mass at your parish on Monday.

More than 70 Pilgrims Attended World Youth Day
July 22, 2016

More than 70 pilgrims from our diocese attended the 2016 World Youth Day in Poland. Some of the participating parishes include St. Timothy Parish, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph Parish in Zephyrhills, Mary Help of Christians Parish, Nativity Parish, Resurrection Parish, and Sacred Heart Parish in Pinellas Park. WORLD YOUTH DAY PHOTOS Our pilgrims shared photos from …

Statement by the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators
July 19, 2016

NABCA Press Release – July 18, 2016 Birmingham, AL, July 18, 2016– The National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) strongly condemns the continuing disproportionate use of excessive and deadly force against Black men and women by law enforcement and any attacks on law enforcement officers in the United States. Racial bias in law enforcement …

Former Spirit FM 90.5 Intern Ordained and Installed as Bishop of Hinche, Haiti
July 13, 2016

Praise be to God! Former Spirit FM 90.5 intern Father Desinord Jean was ordained and installed as Bishop of Hinche, Haiti on July 2. Bishop Jean interned at Spirit FM 90.5 in 2002 while living at Christ the King Parish in Tampa.During his time in our diocese, he inspired many to support humanitarian efforts in …

Clergy Changes ~ July 11, 2016
July 11, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: RELIEVE AND OTHER CHANGES Rev. Victor Amorose, from Parochial Vicar of Nativity, Brandon, and assigned to the Pastoral Center, effective July 1, 2016.  Father Amorose will be studying in Rome. Rev. Jairo L. Atehortua, C.M., from Parochial Vicar of Incarnation Parish, Tampa, …

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Protect the Conscience Rights of Pro-Life Health Care Providers
July 8, 2016

The June 21, 2016 ruling by the HHS Office of Civil Rights, which allowed California to continue forcing health plans to cover abortions, has prompted the U.S. Catholic Bishops to call for an immediate federal remedy. That remedy is the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (CPA) which will protect healthcare providers from being forced to …

Update on Seminarian Special Collection!!
July 7, 2016

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 …

Prayers for Orlando
June 16, 2016

Please continue to keep our hurting brothers and sisters in the Orlando community in your prayers. Read Bishop Lynch’s statement on the tragedy by clicking here. Prayer for Orlando All life is sacred as each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God. We cherish each person as a child of …

Obituaries ~ June 13, 2016
June 13, 2016

Mrs. Linda Holtfreter We received word of the recent passing of Mrs. Linda Holtfreter, 69, sister of Father David Engbarth, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, residing and assisting in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Holtfreter was held today, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, …

Clergy Changes ~ May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

  Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: APPOINTMENT Parochial Vicar Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Carruthers [Archdiocese of Miami] as Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia, Clearwater, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Stephan Brown, S.V.D. as Parochial Vicar of St. Paul, Tampa, effective August 1, 2016. Upon presentation by …

Five New Priests for Our Diocese
May 22, 2016

Bishop Lynch ordained Reverend Felipe Gonzalez, Revered Alex Padilla, Reverend Bradley Reed, Reverend Jonathan Stephanz, and Reverend Kevin Yarnell  to the priesthood at Saturday, May 21 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. 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 …

Obituary ~ May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016

Rev. Matthew Cyvas Fr. Cyvas, a retired priest from St. Casimir Lithuanian Mission, passed away on May 2, 2016. Click here for more information.   * * May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in eternal peace.

Priest and Nun Tapped as University Classroom Guest Speakers
May 2, 2016

Two members of the Diocesan religious community fulfilled the seemingly unusual request recently of serving as guest speakers for a Saint Leo University class on the history of the Vietnam War. Rev. Timothy Corcoran of St. Mary Parish in Tampa, and Sister Annie Dougherty, president and chief executive of The Franciscan Center in Tampa, visited …

Obituary ~ April 25, 2016
April 25, 2016

  Brian J. Sweeney, Calvary Cemetery Mr. Sweeney, 73, bookkeeper at Calvary, passed April 21, 2016. He is survived by children, Tim and Maureen Nelson of St. Pete Beach, Christopher Sweeney of Archdale, NC, and Marc and Kathleen Hoefler of Beavercreek, OH, and other relatives. Funeral Services –Visitation on April 25, at Brett Funeral Home, …

Obituary ~ April 18, 2016
April 18, 2016

Deacon Winston McDonald Word reached the Office of the Diaconate that Deacon Winston McDonald, from St. Justin Martyr Parish in Seminole, passed away last night, April 17, 2016. The Funeral Services are as follows: Wake Service: Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 2 pm – 7 pm, Vigil Service at 6:30 pm at Serenity Gardens, 13401 …

Guardian Angels Receives Award
April 15, 2016

Guardian Angels Catholic School was, once again, awarded the title of overall school champions for the speech and forensics competition.  They have won that title each year since the inception of the diocesan competition.  The competition was held at St. Patrick Catholic School on April 7, 2016.  Eight Catholic Schools participated in this event.  

Obituary ~ April 11, 2016
April 11, 2016

Mrs. Rosa Varkey, mother of Rev. George P. Varkey, M.S.T. We were recently informed that Mrs. Rosa Varkey, 93, passed away in the Lord on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in India.  She is the mother of Father George Varkey, MST, Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, New Port Richey. Please pray for a safe journey …

Clergy Changes ~ April 11, 2016 (Updated)
April 11, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2016, unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT Rev. Msgr. Avelino Garcia, from Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Beverly Hills, granted retirement status. Rev. Gregory Andrews, from Pastoral Center [assisting parishes], granted retirement status. Rev. Ralph Argentino, from Director, Catholic …

Father Marion Bowman Statue Dedicated at Saint Leo University
April 5, 2016

April 2, 2016 – Despite inclement weather, the dedication of a bronze statue to recognize Father Marion Bowman, OSB, former president of Saint Leo College and its predecessor institution, Saint Leo College Preparatory School, and former Abbot of Saint Leo Abbey, was held inside his namesake athletic facility at Saint Leo University, the Marion Bowman …

18 Received Papal Honors
March 30, 2016

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the papal honors of Chaplain to His Holiness, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and Benerementi. The recipients were honored during a private ceremony in April 2016 at the Bethany Center. The following priests have been named Chaplains to His Holiness:  Rev. Monsignor Ronald Aubin Rev. Monsignor Dennis Hughes Rev. Monsignor Joseph Pellegrino …

Obituary ~ March 28, 2016
March 28, 2016

Rev. Angelus Migliore, T.O.R. Pastor Emeritus, St. Patrick Parish, Tampa Word has reached the Chancellor’s Officce that Rev. Angelus Migliore, T.O.R., Pastor Emeritus of St. Patrick Parish, Tampa, has passed away very peacefully today, Monday, March 28, 2016. More details here. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Thursday, March 31 at St. Patrick Parish, 4520 S. …

Obituary ~ March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016

Richard (Dick) Klein  Mr. Klein passed on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Seminole Florida.  Dick was an active member of St. Justin, Martyr Parish, and a past recipient of the St Jude Award.  He is survived by his family, including his sister, Sister Suzanne (Sue) Klein, O.P. of St Petersburg. Funeral arrangements, under the Direction of …

18 Receive Papal Honors
March 14, 2016

February 19, 2016 – We are pleased to announce the recipients of the papal honors of Chaplain to His Holiness, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and Benerementi. The recipients will be honored during a private ceremony in April at the Bethany Center. The following priests have been named Chaplains to His Holiness:  Rev. Monsignor Ronald Aubin Rev. Monsignor …

2016 Chrism Mass
March 10, 2016

The Chrism Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Mass will be live video streamed (see link below) and also broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5 (listen online here). The Mass of Chrism usually takes place on Holy Thursday, but since the Diocese of St. Petersburg …

Obituary ~ March 7, 2016
March 7, 2016

Reverend Raymond Vega, S.C.J. We received word that Father Raymond Vega, SCJ, 91, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the retirement community house of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, in Pinellas Park.  Father Vega was ordained for the Sacred Heart Fathers in 1973.  He served as Associate Director of the community’s retirement …

11 Lenten Communal Penance Services around the Diocese for 2016
February 20, 2016

Bishop Lynch will be leading eleven communal penance services around the diocese during Lent. The dates and locations are listed below. For more information about receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please read the brochure “A Short Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation” in English or Spanish. 10 Reasons to Go to Confession – USCCB blog post “My Side …

38 Represent Diocese at Catholic Days at the Capitol
February 17, 2016

February 16 and 17, 2016 – Thirty-eight Catholics represented the Diocese of St. Petersburg at Catholic Days at the Capitol in Tallahassee. See photos from the event here. Catholic Days at the Capitol is a two-day event for Catholics from around the state to gather and discuss human life and dignity issues with elected officials. Participants attend …

2016 Rite of Election
February 17, 2016

February 14, 2016 – The Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates for Full Communion took place during two prayer services, which were held at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. There were 236 catechumens in attendance at the 1:30 p.m.  service and 196 catechumens in attendance at the 4:00 …