January 25, 2021
January 25, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Zoom Chat with SeminariansMen, ages 15-35 are invited to attend our next discernment opportunity, Zoom Chat with Seminarians, on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7 pm.  Fr. Chuck will be the host and each month includes vocation stories from different seminarians. Please see the flyer at this link:  https://bit.ly/3ocG38p for more information and […]

Monsignor John F. Neff
January 25, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Monsignor John F. Neff, 87, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday afternoon, January 20, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. John Francis Neff was born in Cairo, Illinois on May 21, 1933, to Herbert and Cecelia Neff. […]

Deacon Gerald McGory (updated)
January 19, 2021

The Diaconate Office sadly informs the passing of Deacon Gerald McGory, 89, retired, from Transfiguration Parish, St. Petersburg.  Most recently, he attended the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.  He passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Funeral Services on Monday, January 25th at the Cathedral of St. Jude the […]

Sister Ruth Barthle, OSF
January 19, 2021

Sadly we inform the passing of Sister Ruth Barthle, OSF, a native of Pasco County and long time religious in this diocese.  She died this morning, January 11, 2021 at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, where she has been living for the last 3 years. Originally from San Antonio, Florida, she […]

Brother Frank Martin Chapper, M. Afr.
January 19, 2021

We sadly inform the passing of Brother Frank Martin Chapper, 91, on January 7, 2021 at Northside Hospital, as a result of COVID-19. Brother Chapper was born on April 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Detroit and earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Michigan. […]

Announcements ~ January 19, 2021
January 19, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Beware of Scams The Office of Communications of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, is helping our community to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Your best response is to be aware and to be vigilant. Do not reply to an unfamiliar text message, email or social media message until […]

Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM
January 11, 2021

Word reached the Diocese that Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM, 83, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Concordia Healthcare Center, Tampa, of complications from COVID 19. A native of Florida, Sister Mary Patricia entered the SNJM community after graduating from the Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa, in 1955. Her roles in education […]

Announcements ~ January 11, 2021
January 11, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Join Bishop Gregory Parkes and the Pro-Life Generation via Livestream to Pray for Life on January 22nd Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate the first-ever Diocesan Mass for Life with youth from around the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Friday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. […]

Reverend Eric Hunter
January 11, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Reverend Eric Hunter, 76, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord early this morning, January 11, 2021, at his residence in Largo, while under Hospice care. Father Hunter was granted retirement status in July 2019, after serving as Pastor of St. Brendan […]

Mary Ann Iadanza
January 11, 2021

Our office has received word of the passing of Mary Ann Iadanza, wife of Deacon John Iadanza from St. Mary Parish in Tampa. Deacon John and Mary Ann were high school sweethearts, married for 58 years. They relocated to Florida in 1998 from New Jersey. She was 78. Services are as follows: Visitation will take […]

Mary Menchen and Dawn Trendly
January 4, 2021

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Mrs. Mary Menchen and Ms. Dawn Trendly, mother and aunt of Deacon Mike Menchen from St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Parish in St. Petersburg, both in Cincinnati. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the Menchen Family in care of St. Mary, Our Lady […]

Glenn Kloiber
January 4, 2021

The Diaconate Office office has received word of the passing of Mr. Glenn Kloiber, 96, father of Laurie Dever, wife of Deacon Ray Dever from St. Paul Parish in Tampa. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the Laurie Dever and family in care […]

Announcements ~ January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View to the Top In this end of the year program, Bishop Parkes shares the positives of what was generally a challenging year and makes some predictions for 2021.  Follow the following link to listen to the podcast:  https://bit.ly/3pOIXBu. Office of Communications New Video: Year in Review The Diocese of Petersburg invites […]

Rev. Dr. Frederick Brown
January 4, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed of the death of Rev. Dr. Frederick Brown, father of Reverend Stephan T. Brown, S.V.D., Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, St. Petersburg. Dr. Brown passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, while at home in St. Petersburg, under Hospice care, following a steady decline in health in recent months.Dr. […]

Luis Alfonso Riveros
January 4, 2021

Sadly, the Chancellor’s Office learned that Mr. Luis Alfonso Riveros, 62, youngest brother of Reverend Belisario Riveros, Parochial Vicar of Nativity Parish, Brandon, passed away on Christmas morning, Friday, December 25, 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia, following a lengthy battle with Leukemia.  Mr. Riveros is survived by his wife, Flor Riveros and three children: Alfonso, Carolina […]

Sister Barbara Rose Arduengo
December 21, 2020

We have received word of the death of Sister Barbara Rose Arduengo, SNJM, 89, in Tampa, on December 17, 2020.  Please keep Sister Barbara Rose and the members of her community in your prayers. May Sister Barbara Rose and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

Announcements – December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications New Video: Year in Review The Diocese of Petersburg invites you to take a look back at this unforgettable year and thank God for the grace to stand firm in the faith, courageous and strong. We’ve produced a video with some of the most compelling photos of 2020. To view […]

Announcements ~ December 14, 2020
December 14, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Bishop Parkes Christmas Message Bishop’s 2020 Christmas Message is available for publication in your bulletins. We have the following versions: English PDF: https://bit.ly/3nh0mlq and PNG: https://bit.ly/2Wa9NqV Spanish PDF: https://bit.ly/2LzNPLT  and PNG:  https://bit.ly/3oUOjKZ If you need another format, contact Teresa Peterson, tlp@dosp.org. Christmas With Bishop Gregory Parkes Those who are unable […]

Lucille M. LaRose
December 7, 2020

Word reached our office that Mrs. Lucille M. LaRose, mother of Deacon Ed LaRose from St. Timothy Parish in Lutz, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020. She was 92. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 21, 2020 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, FL 33558. Expressions […]

Deacon Maximo E. Montayre
December 7, 2020

Word reached our office that Deacon Maximo “Max” Montayre, retired from Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Tampa and the Apostleship of the Sea, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020, he was 84. The Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, December 11, 2020 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N. […]

Clergy Changes ~ December 7, 2020
December 7, 2020

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective January 1, 2021: APPOINTMENTS Reverend Theobald Weria, A.L.C.P., from Parochial Administrator of St. Peter Claver Parish, Tampa to Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater. Deacon James (“Ben”) Hooks, to Coordinator of Pastoral Care pro tempore, St. Peter Claver Parish, Tampa. […]

Announcements ~December 7, 2020
December 7, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View from the Top On the December 2, 2020 edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes shares why the faithful should go to Reconciliation this Advent, the roles of Cardinals in the Church, reports of aborted children used in COVID research, and why did God allow COVID.  Please follow this […]

Mrs. Nancy Manko
November 30, 2020

Mrs. Nancy Manko, mother of Deacon Mark Manko from St. James the Apostle, Port Richey, passed away in the Lord on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Pennsylvania. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the Manko Family in care of St. James the Apostle Parish, 8400 Monarch Dr., Port Richey, FL 34668.  Please keep Deacon […]

Announcements ~ November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Communications from Bishop Gregory ParkesIn this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b_0NfVEsU0&feature=youtu.beBishop Parkes shares his 2020 Advent message and offers tips to make Advent special and meaningful. In this podcast – https://bit.ly/2J8EABeBishop Parkes discusses Thanksgiving, Advent, the recently released McCarrick and Florida State Attorney Reports and the virtual meeting of the U.S. Bishops. Marriage and Family […]

Clergy Changes ~ November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective January 1, 2021: APPOINTMENTS Reverend Bradley Reed, from Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater to Parochial Vicar of Nativity Parish, Brandon. Reverend Dayan Machado, from Pastor of St. Rita Parish, Dade City to the Pastoral Center, St. Petersburg, with residence […]

Announcements ~ November 23, 2020
November 23, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Communications from Bishop Gregory ParkesIn this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8doO_FTIZ5UBishop Parkes shares his 2020 Thanksgiving message and expresses his gratitude for your prayers and support.In this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b_0NfVEsU0&feature=youtu.beBishop Parkes shares his 2020 Advent message and offers tips to make Advent special and meaningful. In this podcast – https://bit.ly/2J8EABeBishop Parkes discusses Thanksgiving, Advent, the […]

Mrs. Phyllis Ytuarte
November 23, 2020

We sadly announce the passing of Mrs. Phyllis Ytuarte on Thursday, November 19, 2020.  Mrs. Ytuarte is the mother-in-law of Deacon Ed Anctil, Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Tampa. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. Please pray for […]

Reverend Terence K. Fleming
November 23, 2020

We were saddened to learn that Reverend Terence Kaner (“Terry”) Fleming, 79, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rochester and long-time resident in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Oldsmar on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Father Fleming was born on August 10, 1941, in Rochester, New York to […]

T.J. Chakko
November 16, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed of the death of Mr. T.J. Chakko, 92, father of Reverend Saji James, M.S.T., Parochial Vicar of Our Lady Queen of Peace, New Port Richey.  Mr. Chakko passed away peacefully in the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2020, while at home in India.  Funeral services took place yesterday, November […]

Helen Marie Ross
November 16, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Mrs. Helen Marie Ross, died on November 9, 2020.  Mrs. Ross was a former Music Director of St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater Beach and St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater. Please keep all of her family members and loved ones in your prayers during this difficult time.   Complete obituary is available at […]

Announcements November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Fit Faith Into Your Crazy Busy life with New YouTube SeriesFather Connor Penn brings a fresh perspective to the Catholic Church’s comprehensive calendar of celebrations, solemnities, and saints’ feast days through your Catholic Planner. Each episode will offer practical suggestions for encountering Christ in the week ahead! Visit the diocesan […]

Announcements ~ November 9, 2020
November 9, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View from the Top In this edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes discusses praying for victories, superstitions and faith, election takeaways, the beatification of Father Michael McGivney, COVID-19 and holidays and a salute to veterans.  To listen to the podcast, follow this link:  https://bit.ly/32qABGE. Our Diocesan Commitment to Safe Environments […]

Julia Rebel
November 9, 2020

Recently, the Chancellor’s Office was contacted by Father Patrick Rebel, Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Spring Hill, to inform us of the untimely passing of his niece, Julia Rebel, 20, who died in an automobile accident on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  Julia was the daughter of James and Kathy Rebel, of Wesley Chapel.  […]

Robert Francis Perillo
November 9, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Mr. Robert Francis Perillo, died on October 29, 2020 in New York City.  Mr. Perillo was a Master Voice Teacher and has trained actors for over a quarter of a century.  He has given seminars and workshops to choral groups, readers of scripture and to other teachers of voice […]

Donna M. Hoffman
November 2, 2020

We sadly inform the passing of Donna Marie Hoffman, age 55, of Inverness, on October 4, 2020 at Citrus Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.  Donna was the sister of Debbie Sosnicki, Office Manager of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness. Donna was born in Staten Island, NY on September 18, 1965. She and her […]

Reverend John G. Masiello, S.D.B.
November 2, 2020

Birth: June 19, 1929 Religious Profession: September 8, 1948 Ordination to Priesthood: June 13, 1958 Death: October 24, 2020 We sadly announce to all of you the passing of Father John G. Masiello, SDB, on the afternoon of Saturday, October 24, 2020. Father Masiello came to the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 2007 and resided […]

Announcements ~ November 2, 2020
November 2, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Remembering Our Departed Loved Ones November is the Month of All Souls, when we remember and pray for our loved ones who have died. The Diocese of St. Petersburg will be creating a special online photo album to remember those who have passed away, especially those in the past year. Email a photo […]

Reverend Matthew T. Gamber, S.J.
October 26, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed of the sudden death of Reverend Matthew T. Gamber, S.J., 61, on Friday, October 16, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Father Gamber worked as a pastoral counselor and theology instructor at Jesuit High School, Tampa, from 2012 to 2014. Father Gamber was born in Evanston, Illinois to Mark and Ruth […]

Reverend James C. (Seamus) Collins, O.P.
October 26, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office received word from Ireland that Reverend Seamus Collins, O.P., 87, a retired member of the Irish Province of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Tallaght Hospital, in Dublin.  Father Collins was one of four children born to Colonel Liam and Delia (Tarpy) Collins. He […]

Announcements ~ October 26, 2020
October 26, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View from the Top On this edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes talks about the recent Rite of Candidacy for the Diaconate, upcoming Vocations Awareness Week events and explains how we can live the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. To listen to the podcast, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2J2wVnH. […]

Brother Glenn Humphrey, O.F.M.
October 19, 2020

Brother Glenn Humphrey, O.F.M., 76, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years, died on October 9, 2020 at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center where he had lived since August. He had spent most of his religious life in academic and counseling work. The friar community at St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg celebrated […]

Rev. Karl Aloysius Aschmann, C.Ss.R.
October 19, 2020

September 4, 1923 – September 17, 2020 The Chancellor’s Office received word that Reverend Karl Aloysius Aschmann, C.Ss.R., 97, a retired member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020, while under Hospice care in Palm Coast, Florida. Father Aschmann was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He made […]

Announcements ~ October 19, 2020
October 19, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Diocesan Audit Results Did you know that an independent audit conducted in September 2020 determined that the Diocese of St. Petersburg is once again in full compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Among the information revealed during the audit, it […]

Announcements ~ October 12, 2020
October 12, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View from the Top On this edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes talks about 40 Days for Life and the upcoming election. Also discussed is the recent arson at a local parish, Bishop Parkes’ reflection on his brother being ordained Bishop of Savannah, and the use of social media […]

Announcements ~ October 5, 2020
October 5, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Annual White Mass The annual White Mass will be held on Saturday October 24, 2020 for physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals in our diocese. Vigil 4:00 pm Mass will be presided over by Bishop Gregory Parkes at the beautiful Chapel of the Holy Cross located on the campus of Jesuit High […]

Joseph Gayton
September 28, 2020

Word reached our office of the passing of Joseph Edward Gayton on September 21, 2020 at the age of 64. Joseph was born November 28, 1955, in Philadelphia County, PA. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward Joseph and Anna Marie Gayton. He is a graduate of Stetson University, College of Law. Joseph […]

Reverend John Vakulskas
September 28, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Reverend John Vakulskas, 76, a retired priest of the Diocese of Sioux City, passed away at Mercy One Hospital, in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday evening, September 27, 2020, following an extended battle with pancreatic cancer.  Father Vakulskas assisted in the Diocese of St. Petersburg since […]

Announcements ~ September 28, 2020
September 28, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Beware of Imposter Social Media Accounts If you receive a social media direct message or Facebook message from Bishop Gregory Parkes, please be aware that is an imposter account. Bishop Parkes does not contact individuals on social media using Facebook Messenger or direct messaging. Also, please be sure you are following the official […]

Mrs. Alice “Louise” Nkoy
September 21, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Mrs. Alice “Louise” Nkoy, 81, mother of Reverend Emery Longanga, Ph.D.,  Pastor of Holy Cross Parish, St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Thursday, September 17, 2020, in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her death occurred after a battle with cancer. No […]

Reverend Conrad Harkins, O.F.M.
September 21, 2020

Word reached our office that Reverend Conrad Harkins, O.F.M., 85 years old, a professed Franciscan friar for 65 years and a priest for 59, died on August 31, 2020 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, Dobbs Ferry, NY, where he had lived since last year. He spent most of his religious life in academia and was […]

Reverend Simeon Thole, O.S.B.
September 21, 2020

Reverend Simeon Thole, O.S.B., age 85, died peacefully in the Saint Raphael Hall retirement center at Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Simeon (James) Thole was born in Moorhead, MN, April 21, 1935, made his profession as a monk of Saint John’s Abbey July 11, 1956 and was ordained on June 2, […]

Announcements ~ September 21, 2020
September 21, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View From the Top In this edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes talks about diocesan disaster relief assistance, the blessing of catechists in the church, Catholic cemeteries and respect for the body, and good study bibles and habits of study.  To listen to the podcast, visit this link:  https://www.dosp.org/bishop/a-view-from-the-top/. […]

Sister Irene Lucy Onyai
September 14, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the death of Sister Irene Lucy Onyai, 56, of the Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu, Uganda (LSMIG), on Friday, September 4, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda.  Her tragic death resulted from complications due to COVID-19. Sister Irene has been a friend of the Diocese of St. Petersburg since […]

Brother Bill Orosz
September 14, 2020

Word reached our office that Brother Bill Orosz, O.S.B., 90 years old, passed away on September 10, 2020. A viewing with mid-afternoon prayer will be celebrated in the Saint Leo Abbey Church, 33601 State Rd 52, St Leo, FL 33574, on Tuesday, September 15, at 3:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will follow at 4:00 pm. […]

Announcements ~ September 14, 2020
September 14, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View From the Top In the newest episode of A View from the Top, Bishop Gregory Parkes shares memories of his grandparents, discusses how important language is for the validity of Sacraments, the inspired Word of God, the Season of Creation that Pope Francis is asking Catholics to observe and the return […]