Sister Dorothy Guettler, O.P.
January 10, 2022

Sister Dorothy Guettler, formerly known as Sister Marian Vincent, died on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 86 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Dorothy was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, to Vincent and Lillian (Heitkamp) […]

Announcements ~ January 10, 2022
January 10, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishops of Florida Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade The Bishops of Florida Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade in English and Spanish should be shared in bulletins and with your online networks the weekend of January 22/23. Please use this opportunity to again encourage the faithful […]

Br. Karl Koenig, OFM
January 4, 2022

Br. Karl Koenig, OFM,80, a professed Franciscan friar for 56 years, died on December 29, 2021 at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center, St. Petersburg.  Due to health reasons, Br. Karl retired from full-time ministry in 2017 and moved to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated […]

Mr. Thomas DeJulio
January 4, 2022

Mr. Thomas DeJulio, 77, brother of Reverend David DeJulio, pastor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, Spring Hill, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, in Rensselaer, New York.  Surviving family members include his wife, Marilyn, son, Gregory DeJulio, daughter, Felicia (Vincent) Luca, five grandchildren, brothers, Felix (Lois) DeJulio, Frank (Terri) DeJulio, and Father David […]

Clergy and Pastoral Center Appointments
January 4, 2022

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy and Pastoral Center appointments: APPOINTMENTSUpon presentation by Very Reverend Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Provincial Minister, Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province, Reverend Michael P. Jones, O.F.M. from Parochial Vicar to Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa, effective January 17, 2022. Dr. Lois […]

Announcements ~ January 4, 2022
January 4, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES   Spirit FM’s 7th Annual Catholic Women’s Conference Please plan to join Spirit FM and over a 2,000 of your closest girlfriends from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg for a day of faith, friendship, food, and shopping. Our speakers are:  Sr. Rita Clare Yoches and Deby Sansone Schlapprizzi.  Tickets are on sale at www.myspiritfm.com/WomensConference or call Marci at 813.289.8040, ext. 231.  Promotional graphic at […]

Brother Jerry Meegan, S.D.B.
December 20, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Brother Jerry Meegan, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at St. Philip Residence, Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa, where he had resided since last year.  Brother Meegan was an educator, who served as Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of St. Petersburg from […]

Announcements ~ December 20, 2021
December 20, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Office of the Bishop Christmas Video – O Come All Ye Faithful In his 2021 Christmas video, Bishop Gregory Parkes shares Christmas hope and introduces a very special musical presentation. Multicultural choirs of the Diocese of St. Petersburg perform a beautiful rendition of the Christmas carol classic, O Come All Ye […]

Bob Davis
December 13, 2021

The Diaconate Office has received word of the unexpected passing of Bob Davis, brother of Susan D’Angelo, wife of Deacon Geoff D’Angelo from St. Stephen Parish in Riverview. All services will take place out of state and are not available at this time. Please keep the D’Angelo family in your thoughts and prayers at this […]

Sister Suzanne Hixson, S.N.J.M.
December 13, 2021

Sister Suzanne Hixson (Sister Rita Christine), a Sister of the Holy Names, entered into eternal life on December 7, 2021. Sister Suzanne was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French and taught French at the Academy of Holy Names, Silver Spring, MD, as well as in Tampa, FL. Sister is survived by […]

Announcements ~ December 13, 2021
December 13, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat The Office of Vocations will host the Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  This will be a one-day retreat and there is no cost to attend! The theme […]

Announcements ~ December 6, 2021
December 6, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat The Office of Vocations will host the Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  This will be a one-day retreat and there is no cost to attend! The theme […]

Mr. John Z. Kiwale
December 6, 2021

 Mr. John Z. Kiwale, brother of Reverend Theobald (“Theo”) Weria, A.L.C.P., Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, following a brief hospitalization in his home country of Tanzania.  Mr. Kiwale had struggled with cancer in the months leading up to his death.  Please keep Father Weria, his parents, […]

Sr. Josephine Helen Slabinski, S.F.C.C.
December 6, 2021

Sr.  Josephine Helen Slabinski, age 99, of Tampa, passed peacefully to be with Our Lord Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 25, 2021.  Josephine Helen was born on March 14, 1922, in Hudson, Pennsylvania. She entered religious life at age nineteen with the Roman Catholic order of nuns, Little Sisters of the Poor, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She […]

Ms. Patricia A. McCarthy
December 6, 2021

Ms. Patricia A. McCarthy,  72, of Tampa, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021.  Patricia was born March 10, 1949.   She worked as the Music Director for Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Temple Terrace until her retirement in 2019. Obituary at this link.   Please keep Ms. McCarthy and her family in your thoughts and prayers. […]

Announcements ~ November 29, 2021
November 29, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Special Collection: Religious Retirement Fund Help Aging Religious Sisters, Priests and Brothers The Diocese of St. Petersburg will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection December 11 – 12, 2021. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C.  Proceeds help religious communities across the country to […]

Pastoral Center – Holiday closing
November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday The Pastoral Center Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday starting on Wednesday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m. through Friday, November 26th. We will reopen on Monday, November 29th, at 8:30 a.m. May you and your loved ones enjoy a blessed and safe holiday!

Announcements ~ November 22, 2021
November 22, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Special Collection: Religious Retirement Fund Help Aging Religious Sisters, Priests and Brothers The Diocese of St. Petersburg will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection December 11 – 12, 2021. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C.  Proceeds help religious communities across the country to […]

Mr. Peter A. Mganga
November 15, 2021

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Peter Abacusy Mganga, 56, brother of Reverend Claudius Mganga, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness, on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, in Tanzania. Mr. Mganga was the third of Father Mganga’s family members who have died within the past year.  His mother,  Cecilia […]

Announcements ~ November 15, 2021
November 15, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Parish Resources for Year-End and Beyond To assist parishes working to promote legacy giving, end of year generosity and/or new, creative options for giving with parishioners, the Catholic Foundation has created camera ready, downloadable materials and pre-drafted text for message development. Please visit the Parish Resource Page to download the following materials: bulletin […]

Announcements ~ November 8, 2021
November 8, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Parish Resources for Year-End and Beyond To assist parishes working to promote legacy giving, end of year generosity and/or new, creative options for giving with parishioners, the Catholic Foundation has created camera ready, downloadable materials and pre-drafted text for message development. Please visit the Parish Resource Page to download the following materials: bulletin […]

Announcements ~ November 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? Dangers of Cell Phone Cameras Cell phones with photographic capability are a mixed blessing. Forget your camera? Whip out the cell phone, and your toddler’s first step, friend’s goofy mishap, or fenderbender is captured for posterity. But cell phones are also being used in a sinister way—to silently take pictures […]

Reverend Francis Brou, S.J
October 25, 2021

Reverend Francis Brou, S.J., 92, former faculty member of Jesuit High School, Tampa, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 19, 2021, at the infirmary for the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits, in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Father Brou entered the Society of Jesus 74 years ago and dedicated the past 60 years of his […]

Mr. Nelson Darnell
October 25, 2021

Mr. Nelson Darnell, 69, Sales Manager at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater, passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 20, 2021, at Morton Plant Hospital, from complications due to COVID-19.  Mr. Darnell served at Calvary for over 18 years before falling ill earlier this month.  He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Clearwater, and is […]

Announcements ~ October 25, 2021
October 25, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Synod-It’s a Church Thing The Catholic Church is journeying together to grow in communion, participation and mission as we look towards the future. This process, called for by Pope Francis, is known as the Synod on Synodality. Synod is an ancient word in the Tradition of the Church, whose meaning draws on the […]

Reverend Roger Labonte, M.Afr.
October 18, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has once again received the sad news of the passing of yet another priest.  Reverend Roger Labonte, M.Afr., 86, passed away in the Lord on Monday, October 11, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. Since November 2019, Father Labonte was in residence at the Missionaries of Africa Residence, in St. Petersburg, […]

Announcements ~ October 18, 2021
October 18, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Third Annual Diocesan African Mass The African Catholics Ministry invites all to celebrate the third annual Diocesan African Mass. The Mass will be presided by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes on November 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg.  Come and experience […]

Mr. Vicente Tomas C. Vera
October 18, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Mr. Vicente Tomas C. Vera, 56, brother of Reverend Jude Vera, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, in the Philippines.  No funeral arrangements have been made at this time. Please keep Father Vera and his loved ones in your […]

Reverend Michael Rock, O. de M.
October 18, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the death of Reverend Michael Rock, O. de M., 62, Vicar Provincial of the Mercedarian Friars, U.S.A., on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.  Funeral Masses will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, in Philadelphia, where he had been serving as Pastor, and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel […]

Announcements ~ October 11, 2021
October 11, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Mass of the Angels The annual Mass of the Angels for children (born or unborn) who have gone to be with the Lord, will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 11:00 AM in the St. James Chapel at Bethany Center (18150 Bethany Center Drive Lutz). Families are invited to bring a […]

Mrs. Sherry Nash
October 4, 2021

The Diaconate Office received word of the passing of Mrs. Sherry Nash, mother of Deacon Greg Nash, of Espiritu Santo Parish, Safety Harbor, on Thursday, September 30, 2021.  The funeral services will take place in Ohio and a memorial will be planned local at a later date. Expressions of sympathy made be sent to Deacon […]

Reverend Roger L. Bisson, M. Afr.
October 4, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Reverend Roger Bisson, M. Afr., 94, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, on Monday, September 27, 2021, at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. Father Bisson was a native of New Hampshire.  He attended high school and college in Worcester, MA, and completed his seminary […]

Announcements ~ October 4, 2021
October 4, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishop Gregory Parkes Invites You to the Opening Mass for the “Synod on Synodality” Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate an opening Mass for the local phase of a worldwide consultation process in the Catholic Church known as the “Synod on Synodality.” The Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the […]

Mrs. Georgina Hernández Serralta
September 27, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Mrs. Georgina Hernández Serralta, 98, mother of Father Ramón Hernández, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed into the loving arms of God early this morning, Monday, September 27, 2021, while under Hospice care at Costa del Sol Assisted Living Facility, in Tampa.  Mrs. Hernández […]

Reverend Raymond Mann, O.F.M.
September 27, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Raymond Mann, OFM, 89, a professed friar for 68 years and a priest for 62, died on September 23, 2021  at St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, where he had lived for seven years. He had spent his religious life mainly in Massachusetts and Bolivia. Father Mann professed his […]

Reverend Antonino (Tony) D’Angelo, S.D.B.
September 27, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Reverend Antonino (Tony) D’Angelo, S.D.B., 98, a retired member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, in residence at the St. Philip Residence at Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at James A. Haley V.A. Hospital, Tampa.  Father D’Angelo […]

Mrs. Linda Day
September 27, 2021

We informed the sad news that Mrs. Linda Day, 77, grandmother of Reverend Connor Penn, Parochial Vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Clearwater, passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021.  No funeral arrangements have been made, but a private family service will take place at a later date.  Mrs. Day will be buried next to […]

Mr. Leonard J. Mganga
September 27, 2021

We were saddened to receive the news that Mr. Leonard Joseph Mganga, 54, brother of Reverend Claudius Mganga, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, while hospitalized in Tanzania.  Mr. Mganga’s death was attributed to pneumonia and COVID-19.  Funeral services will take place in Tanzania at […]

Announcements ~ September 27, 2021
September 27, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishop Gregory Parkes Invites You to the Opening Mass for the “Synod on Synodality” Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate an opening Mass for the local phase of a worldwide consultation process in the Catholic Church known as the “Synod on Synodality.” The Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the […]

Announcements ~ September 20, 2021
September 20, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES One Mother One Family Retreat: Unity in Christ through the Blessed Virgin MaryAll are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the One Mother One Family Retreat on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Avenue N.E., Ruskin. This retreat will be a […]

Mr. James Howes
September 20, 2021

We received the sad news from the Spirit FM Radio Station that Mr. James “Jim” Howes, 75, host of the long-running, Sacred Classics program, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Jim was host of Choral Masterpieces and King of Instruments in 1986 in the early days of WBVM Spirit FM.  The program morphed into […]

Announcements ~ September 13, 2021
September 13, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES One Mother One Family Retreat: Unity in Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary All are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the One Mother One Family Retreat on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Avenue N.E., Ruskin. This retreat will be […]

Mr. Stanley J. Berke
September 13, 2021

We received the sad news that Mr. Stanley J. Berke, 91,  passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  Mr. Berke was the father of Mr. Chris Berke, Director of Music Ministry of St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish, Spring Hill and Organist/Music Director for our diocesan liturgies. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Friday, September 24, 2021 […]

Mr. Jeffrey A. Johnston
September 7, 2021

The Office of Catholic Schools and Centers informs that Jeffrey Allen Johnston, 54, passed away in St. Petersburg, on August 25, 2021.  He was the husband of Toni Johnston, Administrative Assistant in the Office of Catholic Schools and Centers and the former director of St. Paul’s Children Center, St. Petersburg. Jeffrey was great guy and […]

Mr. Robert Anthony Hannon
September 7, 2021

Father Joe Hannon, S.D.B., of the Salesian community at Mary Help of Christians, Tampa, recently informed the Chancellor’s Office of the death of his brother Robert Anthony Hannon, 68, on November 13, 2020, in Bloomington, Indiana, following many years of health struggles. Due to the pandemic, funeral services for Mr. Hannon were delayed, but have […]

Mr. Francisco Julio Reyes y Márquez
September 7, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Mr. Francisco Julio Reyes y Márquez, 97, grandfather of Reverend Dayan Machado, Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Parish, Tampa, on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tampa, with Father Machado presiding, followed by […]

Announcements ~ September 7, 2021
September 7, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know?  Know Your Kids’ School Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for protecting their children from all potential harm. When choosing a nursery, daycare center, or school, parents should inspect the building and grounds to make sure there are no areas where children play or work that are “off limits” […]

Reverend Jose G. Gonzalez
August 25, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed of the death of Reverend Jose Gonzalo González, 93, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, on Monday, August 23, 2021, at Bardmoor Oaks Health and Rehab Center, Largo, following a recent hospitalization. Father González was born to Jose and Josefa (Rubio) González in Havana, Cuba, on […]

Reverend Richard Archambault, M. Afr.
August 23, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Reverend Richard Archambault, 80, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, on Saturday, August 14, 2021, while under Hospice care at Bon Secours Place, St. Petersburg, following a gradual decline in health. “Father Archie,” as he was fondly known by his confreres and friends, was born […]

Reverend John Ullrich, O.F.M.
August 23, 2021

Reverend John Ullrich, OFM, 73, passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg.  Father Ullrich was a resident of St. Anthony Friary for only about a year prior to his death.  He was a professed Franciscan Friar for 48 years and dedicated the last 45 years of his life to […]

Reverend Kenneth Bonadies
August 23, 2021

Reverend Kenneth Bonadies, 88, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, died on Monday, August 16, 2021 in Connecticut.  Father Bonadies came to the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 2004 and provided assistance to several parishes while in retirement, including Sacred Heart, Pinellas Park and St. Patrick, Largo.  As his health declined in recent […]

Mrs. Priska Joseph Chikawe
August 23, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed that Mrs. Priska Joseph Chikawe, 96, mother of Reverend Hugh Chikawe, Chaplain of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away around noon on Sunday, August 8, 2021, in her native Tanzania. Mrs. Chikawe is survived by two daughters and three sons, including Father Chikawe. She was blessed […]

Ms. Aleyama “Elizabeth” Mathai Veliyamkulathel 
August 23, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received information that Ms.  Aleyama “Elizabeth” Mathai Veliyamkulathel,  sister of Fr. Joseph Olikkara, Chaplain at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021 in India. Please keep Father Olikkara and his family in your prayers. +++++ May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in […]

Mr. Ralph Davis
August 23, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Mr. Ralph Davis, 57, passed away in Tampa on Thursday, July 29, 2021, due to complications of COVID.  Mr. Davis was a former employee at Incarnation Parish, Tampa (September 1989 through December 1999).  He is survived by his parents, Franklin (Mickey) and Cathy Davis of Sun City Center, […]

Dr. Barbara J. McConville
August 23, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Dr. Barbara J. McConville, 75, former Director of Catholic Formation and Education for the Diocese of St. Petersburg from 1990 to 2003, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021, while under Hospice care at her home in Fort Myers, Florida, after a long battle with cancer.  A Funeral Mass […]