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.

Rev. Brendan Lawlor
June 13, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Reverend Michael Patrick “Brendan” Lawlor, 92, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Tulla Parish, County Claire, Ireland, following a recent decline in health. Father Lawlor was born to Stephen and Mai (Foley) Lawlor in …

Clergy Changes ~ May 31, 2022
June 2, 2022

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2022, unless otherwise indicated:  APPOINTMENTS Very Reverend James B. Johnson to Pastor of St. John Paul II Catholic School, Lecanto. Relieved from Vicar Forane of the Northern Deanery, continuing all other assignments. Reverend Sojan J. Punakkattu to Vicar Forane of the Northern Deanery, …

Summer Schedule
May 31, 2022

Pastoral Bulletin Summer Schedule Beginning May 31, 2022 and throughout the summer months, the Pastoral Bulletin will be published every two weeks. The summer schedule is as follows: June 13, 27; July 11, 25; August 8 and 22. The weekly schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. May you have a safe and restful …

Mrs. Betty Craig
May 31, 2022

We informed the passing of Mrs. Betty Craig, 89, grandmother of Michael Craig, Director of the Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, on Sunday, May 22, 2022. She is preceded in death by her husband Elbert Craig, Sr and two sons Wayne (Noreen) and Michael (Debbie) parents Walter and Lillie Jordan and 4 sisters. Betty is survived …

Donovan Patrick Sisler
May 31, 2022

The Office of Catholic Schools and Centers has been informed of the passing on May 25, 2022 of Donovan Patrick, son of Debbie Kleinberger, former employee of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Donovan was born on October 13, 2013. He was born with a rare chromosome disorder which caused him to have severe physical and …

Announcements ~ May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Memorial Day Mass   Join us on May 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., for the Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 11801 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater. Reverend Hugh Chikawe,  Chaplain for Catholic Cemeteries, will be the main celebrant. Please join us for this special Mass, as we remember those who gave their …

Announcements ~ May 16, 2022
May 16, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Memorial Day Mass   Join us on May 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., for the Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 11801 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater. Reverend Hugh Chikawe,  Chaplain for Catholic Cemeteries, will be the main celebrant. Please join us for this special Mass, as we remember those who gave their …

Announcements ~ May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Ordination to the Priesthood The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordination to the Priesthood of Reverend Mr. Zachary E. Brasseur and Reverend Mr. Donald J. Amodeo. Deacons Brasseur and Amodeo will be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Jude the …

Clergy Appointment, May 2, 2022
May 2, 2022

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective July 1, 2022: APPOINTMENTReverend Pius T. Mathew [Kanjirappally, India], to Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross Parish, St. Petersburg, also assisting with Hispanic Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Clearwater. Father Mathew has assisted with ministry to English- and Spanish-speaking faithful …

Announcements ~ May 2, 2022
May 2, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Ordination to the Priesthood The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordination to the Priesthood of Reverend Mr. Zachary E. Brasseur and Reverend Mr. Donald J. Amodeo. Deacons Brasseur and Amodeo will be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Jude the …

Clergy Changes ~ Spring 2022
April 25, 2022

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2022 unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT STATUS Monsignor Joseph A. Pellegrino, from Pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Tarpon Springs, granted retirement status. Reverend Michael T. O’Brien, from Pastor of St. Clement Parish, Plant City, granted retirement status. Reverend Jose George, from …

Announcements ~ April 25, 2022
April 25, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? Five Steps to Safer Environments The Diocese of St. Petersburg mandates that all people who work with children and youth in our parishes and schools must undergo child abuse prevention training through our diocesan Safe Environment Program. The training details five steps to prevent child sexual abuse: Know the warning …

Mrs. Tereca Flores
April 11, 2022

Mr.  John Morris, Manager of Spirit FM, informs about the passing of Mrs. Tereca Flores, 97, April 9, 2022 in Medellin, Colombia. She was the mother of Gonzalo Jaramillo, who has been the Spirit FM Spanish Radio producer for 20 years. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Mr. Gonzalo Jaramillo at Spirit FM, 717 …

Sister Mary Jane Herlik, OP
April 11, 2022

Sister Mary Jane Herlik, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister, went home to God on Wednesday, April 4, 2022.  A resident in this diocese since 1996, all funeral services will take place at the Motherhouse, in Wisconsin. Professed in 1950, she taught in several Catholic schools within the USA.  She also served as pastoral minister at …

Jack Gordon Hutchinson
April 11, 2022

We were informed of the passing of Jack Gordon Hutchinson, 13 years old, grandson of Bob Hutchinson, Real Estate Office,  on March 23, 2022.   Jack lived In Jacksonville with his dad and mom, Bob’s son Bryan and daughter in law Erin. Jack is survived by his parents, Robert “Bryan” & Erin “nee Boyle” Hutchinson, his …

Announcements ~ April 11, 2022
April 11, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES 2021 APA Annual Report More than 22,000 generous donors provided more than $9 million in support of more than 50 diocesan ministries and services through the 2021 Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA). Their donations support larger ministry and outreach throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  All are invited to visit dosp.org/2021-annual-report to view the …

Announcements ~ April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Healing Mass for Survivors of Abuse, Saturday, April 23, 2022 Bishop Parkes will celebrate a Mass of Healing for those who seek spiritual healing from abuse in all forms, including sexual, spiritual, physical or emotional, and those who wish to pray for victims/survivors of abuse, their family and friends. The Mass will be …

Mrs. Mary Rogers
March 28, 2022

The Human Resources Office informs the passing of Mrs. Mary Rogers, former employee of the Diocese of St Petersburg as a cook for Bishop William Thomas Larkin, on March 18, 2022 at Brookside Hospice in Palm Harbor, FL. She was 81. Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers. Obituary at this link. ++++May …

Reverend Timothy Murphy
March 28, 2022

The Diocese of Venice is mourning the loss of Father Timothy Murphy, a retired priest of the Diocese of Venice who passed away March 19, 2022, at the age of 97. Father Murphy most notably served as Pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Cape Coral for 21 years and later founded St. Andrew Catholic School. …

Mrs. Bobbie Connors
March 28, 2022

The Diaconate Office informs the passing of Mrs. Bobbie Connors, 92, widow of the late Deacon Bill Connors from Sacred Heart Parish in Dade City, on March 23, 2022. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Sacred Heart Parish, 32145 St. Joe Road, Dade City, at 11:00 AM. As it is our …

Deacon Mike Ruffner
March 21, 2022

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Deacon Mike Ruffner on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.  Deacon Ruffner was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago on April 25, 1992 and relocated to the Diocese of St. Petersburg in March of 2005. He served at St. Anthony Parish in Brooksville, St. Theresa Parish in …

Mary Sidney Twachtmann 
March 14, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Mary Sidney Twachtmann (Stansfield) 88, on March 3, 2022.   Born in Wauchula, Florida, October, 20 1933, to Mary Nelson Stansfield and Sidney “Captain Sid” Stansfield, she was a graduate of Plant High School, Stephens College and Florida State University where she was a member of Pi …

Philip Andrew Spada
March 7, 2022

Word reached our offices about the passing of Philip Andrew Spada, the son of Elle and Mark Spada, on Friday, March 4, 2022.  Philip was 23.  His mother, Elle, is the long-time hostess of Spirit FM’s Kids Kingdom program, Sunday Praise show, as well as other duties.  Philip was a frequent visitor to Spirit FM.  …

Announcements ~ March 7, 2022
March 7, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Healing Mass for Survivors of Abuse Bishop Parkes will celebrate a Mass of Healing for those who seek spiritual healing from abuse in all forms, including sexual, physical or emotional, and those who wish to pray for victims/survivors of abuse, their family and friends. The Mass will be held on Saturday, April 23, 11:00 …

Mrs. Regina M. Dwyer
February 22, 2022

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Regina M. Dwyer, mother of Deacon Kevin Dwyer from Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Tampa, on February 12, 2022. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on February 17, 2022 at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to Deacon Kevin & Denise …

Mrs. Lorraine Davis
February 22, 2022

The Office of Catholic Schools and Centers informs the passing of Mrs. Lorraine Davis, 96, mother of Dr. Ann Davis, Associate Superintendent in the Office of Catholic Schools, on February 17, 2022.  Funeral services and burial took place in St. Louis. Obituary at this link. Please keep Mrs. Davis and her family members in your …

Rev. Robert Chabot, S.S.S.
February 22, 2022

We sadly report that Rev. Robert Chabot, SSS, 84, passed away on February 20, 2022 after a 7-month battle with cancer.  He will be missed for his devotion to the Eucharist, his kindness and hospitality, his commitment to social justice and fair housing, and his warm and loving presence with everyone. Father Chabot was born …

Driving Pilgrimage Brochure
February 14, 2022

DRIVING PILGRIMAGE AROUND THE DIOCESE BrochureFeatures 25 pilgrimage sites around our diocese. We invite you to spend time in prayer visiting these sites that are important to our local church’s history.Download the Catholic Driving Pilgrimage Brochure here.  Paper copies of the brochure are available at your local parish.

Mr. Enrico Tremante
January 31, 2022

Mr. Enrico “Rico” Tremante, age 65, husband of Annette Tremante, Director of Religious Education for Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous two year battle with lung cancer. Rico was predeceased by his parents, Amedeo & Fortunata, and brothers Pepino and …

Mr. Ronald G. Bento
January 24, 2022

 (Wisdom 3:1)The Chancellor’s Office was notified of the death of Mr. Ronald G. Bento, 86, on Friday, January 21, 2022, in St. Petersburg.  Mr. Bento formerly worked in the Real Estate Office for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. All funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th …

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) …