Mr. Joseph Gangolu
February 26, 2024

Word reached the Chancellor’s Office of the passing of Mr. Joseph Gangolu, 88, on February 26, 2024 in India. Mr. Gangolu is the father of Reverend Robert Romaine, Parochial Vicar of Holy Family Parish, St. Petersburg. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 200 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, on March 16, …

Mrs. Katherine Hibbs
February 26, 2024

The Chancellor’s Office received news of the passing of Mrs. Katherine Hibbs, 95, in Jacksonville, on Friday, February 16, 2024. Mrs. Hibbs is the maternal grandmother of Reverend Ryan C. Boyle, J.C.L. She will be inurned in Arlington National Cemetery at a later time. Please keep Father Boyle and his family in your thoughts and …

Announcements ~ February 26, 2024
February 26, 2024

PARISHES/ORGANIZATIONS Walk-4-Water 5k and Walk-A-Thon March 23, 2024 James Brian Thomas StadiumClearwater Central Catholic High School, 2750 Haines Bayshore Rd., ClearwaterSimulating the journey taken by millions around the world  who walk for hours each day in search of water, “Walk 4 Water” is your opportunity to assist the non-profit organization Water 4 Mercy in raising funds to …

Announcements ~ February 20, 2024
February 20, 2024

DIOCESAN OFFICES Synod Listening SessionBishop Gregory Parkes cordially invites you to a Synod Listening Session focusing on church structures and our pastoral vision.  This event will be at St. Timothy Parish, 17512 Lakeshore Rd., Lutz, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and it is open to all parish ministry leaders, including directors/coordinators of faith formation, religious education, …

Announcements ~ February 12, 2024
February 12, 2024

DIOCESAN OFFICES Synod Listening SessionBishop Gregory Parkes cordially invites you to a Synod Listening Session focusing on church structures and our pastoral vision.  This event will be at St. Timothy Parish, 17512 Lakeshore Rd., Lutz, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and it is open to all parish ministry leaders, including directors/coordinators of faith formation, …

Mr. Ralph D’Angelo
February 5, 2024

The Diaconate Office sadly informs that Mr. Ralph D’Angelo, 74, father of Deacon Geoff D’Angelo, of St. Stephen Parish in Riverview, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was in hospice care after being diagnosed with cancer last month. Ralph is survived by his wife, Yoko; his three children from a previous …

Deacon Lionel Roberts
February 5, 2024

The Diaconate Offices sadly informs the passing of Deacon Lionel Roberts, 97, of Blessed Trinity Parish, St. Petersburg, on January 31, 2024.  “Deacon Lionel,” as he is known, was ordained to the diaconate in 1977 for the Diocese of Brooklyn. During his 47 years of diaconal ministry, he served from 1977 to 1984 in the …

James A. Sebesta
February 5, 2024

The Chancellor’s Office informs of the passing of James (Jim) A. Sebesta, 88, of St. Petersburg, on January 29, 2024, after a brief battle with dementia.  Jim was a former employee of the Pastoral Center. He was born in Pontiac, Illinois and attended Loyola University for his undergraduate degree and then earned an MBA from …

Mrs. Julie Alvarez
January 29, 2024

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Mrs. Julie Alvarez, 77, on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.  She is the wife of Deacon John Alvarez, of Espiritu Santo Parish, Safety Harbor, and former Director of the Diaconate.  Her funeral was held on January 18, 2024 at Espiritu Santo Parish. Mrs. Alvarez was born …

Mr. Virgilio Diaz, Sr.
January 29, 2024

Word reached the Chancellor’s Office of the passing of Mr. Virgilio Diaz, Sr., father of Reverend J. Glenn Diaz, Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Homosassa Springs, on January 26, 2024 in the Philippines, following a lengthy battle with kidney cancer. He was 89 years old. Mr. Diaz is survived by his wife, Clotilde, his six …

Announcements ~ January 29, 2024
January 29, 2024

DIOCESAN OFFICES Divine Renovation Unlocked:   St. PetersburgPriests and active parishioners across the Diocese of St. Petersburg want to see their parishes come alive. The problem is that changing the way we “do church” can be intimidating. We get it-prioritizing mission over maintenance can feel scary. This is why you’re invited to DR Unlocked: St. Petersburg …

Announcements ~ January 16, 2024
January 16, 2024

DIOCESAN OFFICES National Eucharistic CongressA limited number of free tickets are available to attend the National Eucharistic Congress. Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg have the opportunity to receive a free “full pass” ticket to the National Eucharistic Congress from July 17-21, 2024, in Indianapolis. The limited number of free tickets were purchased by Bishop …

Mrs. Beverly Ann Tenten
January 8, 2024

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Mrs. Beverly Ann (Mucerino) Tenten, age 87, of Seminole FL, mother of Mrs. Michele Williams, Parish Business Manager of Holy Cross Parish, St. Petersburg, peacefully entered into eternal rest on December 30th 2023, at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Saint Petersburg FL.  Beverly’s life was a testament to love, kindness, …

Dr. Lynn Ann Lydon
January 8, 2024

Word reached the Chancellor’s Office on the unexpected passing of Lynn Ann Lydon, M.D., 70, sister of Reverend Michael Lydon, retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, on Friday, December 22, 2023, at her home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Dr. Lydon served in the medical profession for many years, having worked in Stuart, …

Mrs. Carole Reitzel
January 8, 2024

Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Mrs. Carole Reitzel, 83, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2023.  Mrs. Reitzel is the sister of Reverend Brian McColl, a retired priest of the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario, with seasonal residence in Prince of Peace Parish, Sun City Center. A Funeral Mass was held on December 28, …

Mrs. Fran Gibson
December 18, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we notify you of the unexpected passing of Mrs. Fran Gibson, wife of Deacon Jim Gibson, ordained for the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 2009. Before moving to the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2019, Jim served at Light of Christ Parish, Clearwater, and later at St. Brendan Parish in …

Sr. Janet Finley, O.S.F.
December 11, 2023

Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office of the passing of Sr.  Janet Finley, O.S.F., 89 years old, on December 4, 2023.  Sister Finley served as principal of St. Paul Catholic School, St. Petersburg, from 1978 to 1990. Sister Finley was received into the Congregation on August 15, 1956 and professed her final vows on August …

Reverend Fracilus Petit-Homme, SMM ~ Update
December 4, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office was recently informed of the death of Reverend Fracilus Petit-Homme, S.M.M., 81, a priest of the Montfort Missionaries and former Administrator of the Immaculate Conception Haitian Mission, Tampa from 2004 to 2007.  Father Petit-Homme passed away in Miami, Florida, on Friday, December 1, 2023, following a battle with prostate cancer. After leaving …

Mrs. Barbara Aubin
November 27, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office informs the passing of Mrs. Barbara Aubin, 76, sister-in-law of Monsignor Ronald Aubin, retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,  on Saturday, November 25, 2023, following a long battle with cancer. She was a long-time resident of Miami, where she resided at the time of her death. She was preceded in …

Announcements ~ November 27, 2023
November 27, 2023

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Annual Retirement Fund for Religious Collection: December 9-10, 2023The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) is announcing the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, scheduled in parishes throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg on the weekend of December 9-10, 2023. In 2022, parishioners from the Diocese of St. Petersburg contributed $220,671.12 to the …

Rev. David Engbarth ~ Update
November 27, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office was notified of the unexpected death of Reverend David R. Engbarth, 75, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, who resided in the Diocese of St. Petersburg since his retirement in 2014. His death was discovered on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at his home in Largo. Father Engbarth was a …

Mr. Donatus Amadi
November 13, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office informs that Mr. Donatus Amadi, father of Reverend Cosmas Amadi, Parochial Vicar of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Tampa, passed away on the Commemoration of All Souls, November 2, 2023, in Nigeria.  Funeral arrangements for Mr. Amadi are pending, and all services will take place in Nigeria. Expressions of sympathy may be …

Mr. Christopher Manko
October 30, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Mr. Christopher Manko, 64, a longtime resident of Royersford, PA, and brother of Deacon Mark Manko, passed away on October 24, 2023 with his wife and family by his side..  Deacon Mark serves at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Homosassa.  Christopher is a graduate of Ridley High School …

Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Earner
October 23, 2023

We sadly announce the passing of Monsignor Thomas Francis Earner, 85, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, on Wednesday morning, October 18, 2023, at Empath Hospice, in Palm Harbor, following a lengthy period of declining health. Monsignor Earner was born on November 5, 1937, in Headford, County Galway, Ireland. Following graduation from …

Mr. Stanislaw Domek
October 23, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Mr. Stanislaw Domek, brother of Reverend Kazimierz Domek, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tampa.  Mr. Domek was in his native Poland at the time of his passing. Funeral services will be held in the Domek family’s local parish, in Makowarsko, Poland, on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. …

Ms. Jo Ann Wade Matthews
October 16, 2023

The Office of the Chancellor received word of the passing of Ms. Jo Ann Wade Matthews, 93, a native of St. Petersburg, on September 20, 2023 in Hospice Care at Mid Pinellas Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rosalie Matthews, five siblings and their spouses; and is survived by …

Mrs. Loreta Tupa
October 9, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Mrs. Loreta Chavarria Tupa, 80 age old, mother of Reverend Allan Tupa, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Zephyrhills, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2023, in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines.  She was surrounded by her family, including her sons, Father Tupa, Brian and Charles Tupa at the time …

Announcements ~ October 9, 2023
October 9, 2023

DIOCESAN OFFICES Ordination to the DiaconateThe Diocese of St. Petersburg is happy to announce that Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes will ordain Paul Benfanti (St. Paul, St. Petersburg), John Gerdes (Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg), Charles Glass (St. Paul, Tampa), Joseph Grimaudo (Our Lady of the Rosary, Land O’ Lakes), Michael Hurst (St. …

Announcements ~ October 2, 2023
October 2, 2023

DIOCESAN OFFICES Ordination to the Diaconate The Diocese of St. Petersburg is happy to announce that Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes will ordain Paul Benfanti (St. Paul, St. Petersburg), John Gerdes (Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg), Charles Glass (St. Paul, Tampa), Joseph Grimaudo (Our Lady of the Rosary, Land O’ Lakes), Michael Hurst …

Mrs. Angela Amodeo ~ Update
September 18, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Mrs. Angela Amodeo, mother of Reverend Donald Amodeo, Parochial Vicar of Nativity Parish, Brandon, on Sunday, September 17, 2023, after a lengthy battle with cancer.  According to Father Amodeo, “[Angela] battled cancer for many years but was happy to see my ordination, and she offered her …

Deacon Joseph (Joe) P. Reid
September 18, 2023

The Diaconate Office has been informed that Deacon Joseph (Joe) P.  Reid, 95, from St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Palm Harbor, passed away peacefully on the night of September 16, 2023.  Deacon Reid was ordained to the diaconate for the Diocese of Rockville Center in 1988 and came to the Diocese of St. Petersburg in …

Mrs. MaryAnn Sirrianna
September 18, 2023

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Mrs. MaryAnn Sirrianna, 80, wife of the late Deacon David Sirrianna, of Sacred Heart-Pinellas Park,  on September 13, 2023. A Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4661 82nd Avenue North, …

Mark Waggoner
September 11, 2023

Word reached the Chancellor’s Office of the passing of Mr. Mark Waggoner on September 06, 2023.  He was the twin brother of Mary Jo Waggoner, Director of Faith Formation at St. Joan of Arc Parish, Spring Hill. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM at St. Joan of Arc Church, …

Rev. Salim Joseph, OFM
September 11, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Reverend Salim Joseph, O.F.M., 58, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2023 as a result of a heart attack, while in route to Logan International Airport, in Boston.  Father Joseph served as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa, from 2018 to 2020, after which he was transferred to …

Robert J. Kroll
September 5, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office received word of the passing of Robert J. Kroll, former OFM Franciscan priest and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of St. Petersburg from 1992 to 2001, on June 23, 2023, from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. His obituary was included in the Tampa Bay Times.  To read more, please click here. …

Mrs. Linda Bell ~ Update
September 5, 2023

The Chancellor’s Office received word of the passing of Mrs. Linda Bell, mother of Father Kyle Bell, Director of the Catholic Student Center at U.S.F., on Sunday, September 3, 2023, after a brief hospitalization at Tampa General Hospital.  A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Bell will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, 11:00 a.m., at …