Mrs. Anne Genevieve Hays
November 21, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office sadly informs that Mrs. Anne Genevieve Hays, 85, mother of Reverend John S. Hays, Pastor of St. Anne Parish, Ridge Manor, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2022.  Mrs. Hays was born in St. Joe, Florida (near Dade City) and was a decades-long member of Sacred Heart Parish, Dade City.  She is …

Clergy Changes ~ November 21, 2022
November 21, 2022

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following changes in clergy changes: RELIEVING Reverend John B. Lipscomb from Parochial Vicar of St. Timothy Parish, Lutz, effective January 1, 2023, and continuing other assignments. Upon notification by Very Reverend Joseph O’Reilly, Provincial Superior, Institute of Charity (Rosminian Fathers), Reverend Bibin Mathew, I.C. from …

Mrs. Elaine Sydejko
November 14, 2022

The Diaconate Office has informed us of the passing of Mrs. Elaine Sydejko, age 98,  on November 12, 2022 in Wisconsin.  Mrs. Sydejko is the mother of Mrs. Josephine Manko, wife of Deacon Mark Manko, from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Homosassa.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, in Altoona, …

Announcements ~ October 31, 2022
October 30, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Comparison To help Catholics to become informed voters, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a comparison between the positions of the two major-party candidates for Florida governor on a range of issues. The positions of Ron DeSantis (Republican) and Charlie Crist …

Mrs. Diane Grant
October 24, 2022

The Vocations Office informs the sad news that Mrs. Diane Grant, mother of former seminarian Spencer Grant, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 in the presence of her family. A Funeral Mass will be held for Mrs. Grant on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz.  Expressions of …

Announcements ~ October 24, 2022
October 24, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Comparison To help Catholics to become informed voters, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a comparison between the positions of the two major-party candidates for Florida governor on a range of issues. The positions of Ron DeSantis (Republican) and Charlie Crist …

Mrs. Denise Roach -Update
October 17, 2022

We sadly report the passing of Mrs. Denise Roach, 65, on Monday, October 17, 2022, at Woodside Hospice, in Pinellas Park.  Mrs. Roach was the Director of St. Jerome Early Childhood Center for 26 years before her retirement in 2019. Denise was predeceased by her husband, Scott Roach, and father, Thomas Connors, and is survived …

Mr. Pacian Z. Kiwale
October 3, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office has received the sad news that Mr. Pacian Z. Kiwale, brother of Reverend Theobald Weria, A.L.C.P., Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater, passed away in the Lord on September 30, 2022, after struggling with illness since last year. All funeral services will take place near Mr. Kiwale’s home in Tanzania.  Please …

Sr. Frances Barfield, O.P.
October 3, 2022

Sister Frances Barfield, formerly known as Sister David Therese, died on Monday, September 19, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Frances was born in Pensacola, Florida, to David C. and Theresa …

Announcements ~ October 3, 2022
October 3, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? Assistance Ministry Helps Abuse Victims Did you know that outreach to victims of sexual abuse is one of the ministries offered by the Diocese of St. Petersburg? The diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator provides assistance towards healing by means of therapy, spiritual direction, and mutual support groups. If now, or at …

Mrs. Gloria DiVito
September 26, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the peaceful passing of Mrs. Gloria DiVito, 95, mother of diocesan attorney Joseph DiVito, on Saturday, September 24, 2022.  Mrs. Divito was preceded in death by her son, Phillip; husband, John; and daughter, Helen. She is survived by sons; Joseph (Theresa), Nicholas (Lynda), Paul (Vicky), and Allyn (Tracy), grandchildren; Brian …

Deacon Frank Longo
September 26, 2022

The Diaconate Office received word of the passing of Deacon Frank Longo, 92, in retired status from St. Vincent DePaul Parish, Holiday, on September 1, 2022. He is preceded in death by his wife Lucy.  Deacon Frank was recently spending most of his time with his family in New York; all services took place there …

Mrs. Yolanda Mangiaracina
September 19, 2022

The Office of the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs informs the passing of  Mrs. Yolanda Mangiaracina,  mother of Rev. George Mangiaracina, OCD, on August 26, 2022.  For the past two years, Father Mangiaracina has provided assistance to the parish communities of St. Jerome, St. Patrick, and St. Justin, Martyr, while caring for his mother. Mrs. Mangiaracina’s Funeral Mass …

Clergy Appointments ~ September 12, 2022
September 12, 2022

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointments:   Monsignor Michael G. Muhr from Parochial Administrator pro tempore of St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa and Director of Ministry to Priests for the Diocese of St. Petersburg to Pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa, effective September 7, 2022.   Reverend Ralph F. …

Deacon Melvin Dunphy
September 6, 2022

Word reached the Pastoral Center that Deacon Melvin Dunphy, 91, from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, New Port Richey, passed away in the Lord early Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at his residence in New Port Richey.  “Deacon Mel,” as he is known, was born and raised in Vermont.  He began his career in education as an …

Mr. Mark Dufva – Update
September 6, 2022

Word reached the Pastoral Center that Mr. Mark Dufva died on September 6, 2022, after a short but highly debilitating illness.  Mark was the Executive Director of Catholic Charities from 2014-2018.  He had a great passion for helping others and serving God through everything he did, especially through our work at Catholic Charities. A Funeral …

Mrs. Theresa Gerstner
September 6, 2022

We sadly inform the passing of Mrs. Theresa (Terri) Gerstner, 75, on August 21, 2022.  Terri was the Office Manager of St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater.  She had been struggling with health issues for the last couple of months, but her condition quickly turned worse the week of her passing. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, …

Mrs. Cecilia Pujol
August 22, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Mrs. Cecilia Pujol, 69, grandmother of Ms. Jasmine Pujol, Secretary of the Office of Vocations, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Funeral services took place at St. Theresa Parish in Spring Hill. Please keep Jasmine and her family in your prayers during this difficult time. Expressions of …

Mrs. DeLois Brown
August 22, 2022

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Mrs. DeLois Brown, 89, widow of the Late Deacon Joseph Brown from St. Stephen Parish in Riverview. She passed on Monday August 8, 2022. The Funeral Mass took place on August 17, 2022, at St. Stephen Parish. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the …

Mr. Philip Greco
August 22, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office informs the passing of Mr. Philip (Phil) Greco,  74, of Seffner, husband of Mrs. Kathy Greco, long-time secretary at Corpus Christi Catholic School, on August 10, 2022.  Funeral arrangements took place at Corpus Christi Parish, Temple Terrace on August 15, 2022 followed by interment at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Expressions of sympathy …

Mrs. Mary Jane Moody
August 22, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office informs the passing of Mrs. Mary Jane Moody, 98, who passed away in June 24, 2022 and whose funeral took place on August 13, 2022.  She was a long-time employee of St. Patrick’s, Largo. Please see obituary at this link:  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/largo-fl/mary-moody-10812475. ++++ May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed …

Mr. Vincente Tejada
August 22, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office has been notified of the death of Mr. Vincente Tejada, 63, brother of Reverend Jose (Jojo) Tejada, Parochial Vicar of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, Spring Hill, on Friday, August 5, 2022.  Mr. Tejada died while in the hospital after a long illness, near his hometown of Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines.  All funeral …

Announcements ~ August 22, 2022
August 22, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Life, Justice and Advocacy OfficeStatewide Culture of Life Conference October 14-15, 2022Bethany Retreat Center, 18150 Bethany Center, LutzYou are invited to attend the 2022 Florida Culture of Life Conference hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the Florida Catholic Conference. The conference will provide an in-depth look at how Christ …

Mr. Leo Brown
August 8, 2022

Word reached our office that Mr. Leo Brown, brother of Ms. Dale Brown, Director of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute/SEPI, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022. No other information is available at this time.  We will post more information here at it becomes available. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Ms. Dale Brown, …

Sr. Jeanne Williams, O.S.F.
August 8, 2022

The Office of the Vicar for Religious informs that Sister Jeanne Williams, O.S.F., passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Sister Williams, a native from Providence, Rhode Island, has been active in our Diocese for many years, serving at St. Anthony Hospital and the Franciscan Center. Complete obituary at this link. Please keep Sister Williams …

Announcements ~ August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? Safety Rules Bear Repeating Research reminds us that teaching children how to resist the overtures of a potential molester requires repetition and reinforcement. Children and young people need to know the rules, and they need to hear them over and over and over again so that the rules become part of a thought …

Mrs. Maria Luisa Romero
July 25, 2022

Mrs. Maria Luisa (Ita) Romero, 96, grandmother of Mrs. Katie Camario, Digital Communications Manager for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Conroe, Texas.  Additional details may be found at this link. Please keep Katie and her family in your kind thoughts and prayers during this time.

Mr. Frank Oliver
July 25, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office learned that Frank Michael Oliver, 82, husband of Mary Sue Oliver, Notary for our diocesan Tribunal Office, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  The funeral arrangements for Mr. Oliver are as follows: Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian …

Ms. Rebecca Pound
July 24, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Ms. Rebecca Pound passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022.  Ms. Pound was the former Adult Faith Formation Director at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness.  She had been in a nursing home for several years. She is survived by her granddaughter Angela McHugh, 5 sons, 4 daughters, 12 …

Mr. Joseph Grimaudo
July 24, 2022

Word reached the Chancellor’s Office that Mr. Joseph Grimaudo, age 90, passed away on July 21, 2022.  Mr. Grimaudo was the father of Annette Tremante, who is the Director of Faith Formation at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness.He arrived in Florida in the early 80’s and was a banker and a business owner.  He …

Sister Grace Dougherty, O.P.
July 24, 2022

We received word that Sister Grace Dougherty, baptized Mary Elizabeth, died on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Grace ministered over 14 years in elementary education in Detroit, …

Announcements ~ July 25, 2022
July 24, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES An Invitation from the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute (LPMI) The LPMI program, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church; equips Catholics with knowledge and skills to carry out ministry competently, collaboratively, and professionally.  Through an integrated process of education and ongoing faith formation, we provide an opportunity for Catholics across the …

Announcements ~ July 11, 2022
July 11, 2022

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS Friends of the Seminary GalaOctober 21, 2022Please mark your calendars to participate in our Friends of the Seminary Gala, in person or via our on-line experience! You will find information at www.svdp.edu/friends2022 and this page will continue to update as we get closer to the event. This event is our largest fundraiser …

Reverend Carl J. Melchior, Jr.
July 11, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office received the devastating news that Reverend Carl Joseph Melchior, Jr., 59, Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Parkes and Chaplain of St. Petersburg Catholic High School, died suddenly on Thursday, June 30, 2022 of cardiac arrest after boarding a flight in Philadelphia, preparing to fly to Greece for a pilgrimage. The youngest of three …

Mrs. Maria Julia Rodriguez
July 11, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Mrs. Maria Julia Rodriguez, 95, mother of Father Francisco Hernandez, Parochial Vicar of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Tampa, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022, from respiratory complications due to COVID-19.  At the time of her death, Mrs. Rodriguez lived in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.  Please keep …

Mr. Martin McAteer
June 27, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office receive the news that Mr. Martin McAteer, nephew of Reverend James McAteer, I.C., passed away on June 25, 2022 in Ireland. Father McAteer will travel to Ireland for the Funeral Services. Please keep him and all their family in your prayers. Expressions of sympathy can be mail to Rev. James McAteer, I.C., …

Clergy Change ~ June 13, 2022
June 13, 2022

Clergy Appointment Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective June 13, 2022: APPOINTMENT Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Muhr to Parochial Administrator pro tempore of St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa, continuing all other assignments.