Rev. Msgr. Dacian Dee, J.C.D.
May 23, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Monsignor Dacian David Dee, 91, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord early Saturday morning, May 21, 2022, while in Hospice care at Oak Manor Inpatient Center, in Largo. Monsignor Dee was born in Yonkers, New York on June 26, 1930. In […]

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 […]

Deacon David Sirrianna ~ Update
April 11, 2022

The Diaconate Office received word of the passing of Deacon David Sirrianna, 80,  from Sacred Heart Parish in Pinellas Park. on Monday, April 11, 2022. Deacon Sirrianna was ordained on June 28, 1997 for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  He was assigned to the Cathedral of St. Jude from June 1997 to August 2009 and to […]

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 […]

Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Beers Embree
April 4, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office receive the news of the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Beers Embree on March 29, 2022 surrounded by the love of her family and the prayers of many.  Born April 5, 1958 in St. Petersburg, Florida, she worked in the title insurance business for over 30 years, beginning her career working with […]

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. […]

Deacon Michael “Mike” Arno
March 28, 2022

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Deacon Mike Arno, 82, retired, on March 21, 2022.  Deacon Mike is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan, children; Michael and Elizabeth, and several grandchildren.  Funeral services: Visitation followed by Mass of Christian Burial ~ Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 10:30 am to […]

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 […]

Reverend Sidney J. Figlia, S.D.B.
March 14, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Reverend Sidney J. Figlia, S.D.B., 91, a member of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco, on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in St. Philip Residence at Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa.  “Father Sid” was a native of Brooklyn, New York. Following graduation from high school, he […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Mrs. Anita Gratkowski – Update
February 14, 2022

It is with sadness that the Diaconate Office informs of the passing of Mrs. Anita Gratkowski, on Sunday, February 6, 2022.  Anita was the wife of Deacon Dan Gratkowski, now retired from St. Stephen Parish, Riverview.  They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in April 2021.  Deacon Dan was present at her passing. The services for […]

Mrs. Cecilia Bemis – Update
February 14, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office was saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Cecilia Bemis, 96, wife of Mr. Al Bemis, Maintenance Technician for the Pastoral Center, on Thursday, January 13, 2022, after a brief illness.  She and Al were married for over 55 years.  In addition to her husband, Al, Mrs. Bemis is survived by […]

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 […]

Reverend Thomas P. Jones, O.F.M.
January 18, 2022

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Reverend Thomas P. Jones, O.F.M., 89, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022.  Father Jones made his final profession with the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1956 and received Holy Orders in 1959, having served nearly 62 years in the priesthood.  He has resided at St. Anthony Friary, […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]