Prayers for the Orlando Victims
June 13, 2016

USCCB President Reacts to “Unspeakable Violence” in Orlando A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  WASHINGTON – Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those […]

Obituaries ~ June 13, 2016
June 13, 2016

Mrs. Linda Holtfreter We received word of the recent passing of Mrs. Linda Holtfreter, 69, sister of Father David Engbarth, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, residing and assisting in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Holtfreter was held today, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, […]

Clergy Changes ~ May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

  Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: APPOINTMENT Parochial Vicar Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Carruthers [Archdiocese of Miami] as Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia, Clearwater, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Stephan Brown, S.V.D. as Parochial Vicar of St. Paul, Tampa, effective August 1, 2016. Upon presentation by […]

Obituary ~ May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016

Rev. Matthew Cyvas Fr. Cyvas, a retired priest from St. Casimir Lithuanian Mission, passed away on May 2, 2016. Click here for more information.   * * May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in eternal peace.

Obituary ~ April 25, 2016
April 25, 2016

  Brian J. Sweeney, Calvary Cemetery Mr. Sweeney, 73, bookkeeper at Calvary, passed April 21, 2016. He is survived by children, Tim and Maureen Nelson of St. Pete Beach, Christopher Sweeney of Archdale, NC, and Marc and Kathleen Hoefler of Beavercreek, OH, and other relatives. Funeral Services –Visitation on April 25, at Brett Funeral Home, […]

Obituary ~ April 18, 2016
April 18, 2016

Deacon Winston McDonald Word reached the Office of the Diaconate that Deacon Winston McDonald, from St. Justin Martyr Parish in Seminole, passed away last night, April 17, 2016. The Funeral Services are as follows: Wake Service: Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 2 pm – 7 pm, Vigil Service at 6:30 pm at Serenity Gardens, 13401 […]

Obituary ~ April 11, 2016
April 11, 2016

Mrs. Rosa Varkey, mother of Rev. George P. Varkey, M.S.T. We were recently informed that Mrs. Rosa Varkey, 93, passed away in the Lord on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in India.  She is the mother of Father George Varkey, MST, Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, New Port Richey. Please pray for a safe journey […]

Clergy Changes ~ April 11, 2016 (Updated)
April 11, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2016, unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT Rev. Msgr. Avelino Garcia, from Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Beverly Hills, granted retirement status. Rev. Gregory Andrews, from Pastoral Center [assisting parishes], granted retirement status. Rev. Ralph Argentino, from Director, Catholic […]

Obituary ~ March 28, 2016
March 28, 2016

Rev. Angelus Migliore, T.O.R. Pastor Emeritus, St. Patrick Parish, Tampa Word has reached the Chancellor’s Officce that Rev. Angelus Migliore, T.O.R., Pastor Emeritus of St. Patrick Parish, Tampa, has passed away very peacefully today, Monday, March 28, 2016. More details here. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Thursday, March 31 at St. Patrick Parish, 4520 S. […]

Holy Week and Easter
March 21, 2016

May this Holy Week be a time of reflection and thanksgiving. May we reflect in the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice in the cross for us and may we use this time to thank God, once more, for the gift of salvation through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. And as we sing “Alleluia” in celebration of […]

Obituary ~ March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016

Richard (Dick) Klein  Mr. Klein passed on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Seminole Florida.  Dick was an active member of St. Justin, Martyr Parish, and a past recipient of the St Jude Award.  He is survived by his family, including his sister, Sister Suzanne (Sue) Klein, O.P. of St Petersburg. Funeral arrangements, under the Direction of […]

Obituary ~ March 7, 2016
March 7, 2016

Reverend Raymond Vega, S.C.J. We received word that Father Raymond Vega, SCJ, 91, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the retirement community house of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, in Pinellas Park.  Father Vega was ordained for the Sacred Heart Fathers in 1973.  He served as Associate Director of the community’s retirement […]

Obituary ~ February 8, 2016
February 8, 2016

Rev. John H. Edwards, S.J., former president of Jesuit High School We received word that Father John H. Edwards, S.J., 91, passed away in the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2016, at a nursing facility in Dallas, Texas. Father Edwards was affiliated with the Society of Jesus for 74 years and had been ordained to […]

Clergy Appointment ~ February 1, 2016
February 1, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective February 1, 2016: APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by Very Reverend Kevin J. Mullen, O.F.M., Provincial Minister, Reverend Michael T. Reyes, O.F.M., as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa.

Obituary ~ February 1, 2016
February 1, 2016

Paul Kenneth Jastrem Mr. Jastrem, age 68, St. Petersburg, formerly of Lawrence, MA, passed away December 29, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1964.  In 1973, Paul moved to St. Petersburg and continued his career as organist at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle and […]

Obituary ~ Jan 25, 2016
January 25, 2016

We received word that Father Alfonso Pagliara, O.F.M. Cap., 90, passed away in the Lord early Tuesday morning, January 19, 2016.  “Father Al,” as he was known, served as Parochial Vicar of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Tampa for 23 years, from 1986 to 1995 and again from 1998 until the Capuchins left the parish in […]

Vocation Awareness Workshop
January 5, 2016

VOCATION AWARENESS WORKSHOP The Office of Vocations would like to invite all who are interested in promoting vocation awareness to a special workshop, Creating a Culture of Vocations By Living a Life of Joy and Fulfillment. Location:    Bethany Center, 18150 Bethany Center Dr., Lutz, FL 33558 Date:            Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 8:00a.m. ? 1:30 […]

Obituary ~ January 4, 2016
January 4, 2016

Bishop Raymond Lessard, Bishop Emeritus of Savannah and spiritual director and professor of  Ecclesiology at the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. On Sunday, January 3rd, the Epiphany of the Lord, he was called home to the Father and can finally rest his weary body.  (More at this link.) The following services have been arranged: […]

Christmas blessings! ~ Pastoral Center Offices
December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas! For centuries, prophets had foretold the coming of the messiah and the people of Israel heard the message. We are here today because we know the events in the life of Jesus-His birth, baptism by John, teachings, miracles, suffering, death and resurrection. As disciples, may we join the shepherds who went “glorifying and […]

Clergy Changes ~ December 2015
December 21, 2015

Clergy Appointment   Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective December 12, 2015:   APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by Very Reverend William Miller, I.C., Provincial Superior, Institute of Charity, Reverend Christopher J. Fuse, I.C. as Parochial Vicar of St. Theresa Parish, Spring Hill.

For the Faithful Departed ~ December 14, 2015
December 14, 2015

  Reverend Paul Bedard, S.D.B. We received word that Fr. Bedard, 89, passed away in the Lord on Monday, December 7, 2015, while at Carrollwood Care Center in Tampa.  He resided at Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa, since his retirement in 2010.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 10th at Mary […]

Special Collection
December 7, 2015

Special Collection: Retirement Fund for Religious December 12-13, 2015 Aging religious need your help. In the United States today, there are more than 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. These religious worked tirelessly in Catholic schools, hospitals, and agencies, usually for little to no pay. As a result, many religious communities lack […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ Dec. 7, 2015
December 7, 2015

Please keep the souls and the families of our faithful departed in your prayers: Mrs. Isabelle Daly, mother of Nancy Ridenour, Chair of the Diocesan Finance Council, and mother-in-law of David Ridenour, Director of the Diocesan Tribunal Mrs. Daly passed away, Saturday, December 5th up in Illinois. Please keep Nancy, David and their relatives in […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ November 30, 2015
November 30, 2015

  Sister Regina Peltz, SNJM Please remember Sister Regina Peltz, SNJM, who passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Sister Regina served as principal of Holy Family Catholic School for many years. Mrs. Linda Patterson Mrs. Patterson, age 71, of Tampa, passed away November 25, 2015. She served her parish, Church of the Incarnation, Tampa, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 23, 2015

  Pastoral Center Office ~ Thanksgiving Holiday The Pastoral Center Offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. May you have a blessed and safe holiday! Thanksgiving Prayer Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation. […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ November 23, 2015
November 23, 2015

Rev. Inocencio Estibalez      Father Estibalez, 88, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Since his retirement, Father Estibalez has resided in Vitoria, Spain.   A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, November 16 in the parish church of San Miguel Arcángel, […]

CCHD Special Collection
November 16, 2015

November 21 and 22, 2015 The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the United States. CCHD’s grants improve education, support economic development, and create affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods. Help us continue to defend human dignity and build communities […]

Interreligious Dialogues
November 2, 2015

50 Years of Nostra Aetate, Interreligious Dialogues AFTER NOSTRA AETATE: UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN INTERFAITH RELATIONS The Second Vatican Council’s 1965 Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, entitled, Nostra Aetate, called for dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions and ushered in a historic era of positive relations between […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ October 26, 2015
October 26, 2015

Mr. Raymond Cormier Mr. Raymond Cormier, age 84, father of Rev. Michael Cormier, went home to the Lord Thursday, October 22, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Cormier was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Pauline.  He is survived by his son, Reverend Michael […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ October 19, 2015
October 19, 2015

Sister Mary Dorothy Neuhofer, O.S.B., a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, passed into her eternal life on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Born to Joseph and Helen (Barthle) Neuhofer on June 19, 1931, Sister was raised in St. Joseph, FL, the second of eleven children. One of her siblings, Sister Mary Clare, is also […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ October 12, 2015
October 12, 2015

Sr. Maureen Dorr, O.S.F. Sr. Maureen passed away on October 1, 2015. Sister Maureen faithfully lived the mission of the Franciscan Sisters for 66 years, first as an educator for 40 years and then as a volunteer serving the poor and the marginalized at both Trinity Cafe and the jail, Hillsborough County.   She was an […]

2015 Convocation for Priestly Renewal
October 5, 2015

Celebrating Priesthood since the Second Vatican Council October 5 – 8, 2015 Let us keep our Bishop, priests and presenters in our prayers as they gather together for their annual convocation for priestly renewal.  

For the Faithful Departed ~ September 21, 2015
September 21, 2015

Reverend Paul Hervey 3/5/1938 – 9/ 21/ 2015 The Chancellor’s Office has received word of the sudden passing of Father Paul Hervey, age 77, on Monday, September 21, 2015 at his home. A widower and late vocation, Father Hervey was ordained for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on May 20, 1995 at the Cathedral of St. Jude […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ September 14, 2015
September 14, 2015

Reverend Hugh J. Mullin Father Mullin, 93, of Seminole, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was a native of Kansas City, MO, and was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, MO, on December 21, 1946. He was Associated Pastor at St. James, St. Mary, St. Peter, Cathedral of […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ Sept 8, 2015
September 8, 2015

Mrs. Hazel Knox, wife of Deacon Terry Knox, from St. Scholastica Parish, Lecanto, passed away in the Lord on Monday, August 31, 2015, following a recent cancer diagnosis.  Deacon Terry and Hazel have provided a consistent, faithful presence to the community of St. Scholastica for many years. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation and Wake […]

Clergy Changes ~ September 8, 2015
September 8, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: Appointments:  Parochial Vicar Rev. Joseph Eddy, O. de M. to Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg, effective August 31, 2015. Rev. Daniel Bowen, O. de M. to Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinellas Park, […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ August 24, 2015
August 24, 2015

  Mrs.  Carolyn Rebel Mrs. Carolyn Rebel, 84, mother of Reverend Patrick Rebel, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Spring Hill, passed away August 23, 2015. Please follow this link for more information. Please keep Father Rebel, his brothers and all family members in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.   Rev. […]

Clergy Changes ~ Aug 10, 2015
August 10, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective August 15, 2015: DEANS (Vicar Forane): West Central Deanery Appoint Very Reverend Richard Jankowski, V.F. as Dean. Relieve Reverend Michael Cormier as Dean.

For the Faithful Departed ~ July 27, 2015
July 27, 2015

Reverend Roy M. Gasnick, O.F.M. (Nov 26, 1933 ~ July 24, 2015) We sadly report the passing of Reverend Roy M. Gasnick, O.F.M. on July 24, 2015 at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg. Father Gasnick was a professed Franciscan friar for 60 years and a priest for 55 years. He was residing at St. Anthony […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ July 13, 2015
July 13, 2015

Reverend Joseph Frederick (Fred) McGuire We sadly report the passing of Reverend Joseph Frederick (Fred) McGuire, 63, Parochial  Vicar of Holy Family Parish and a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, on June 30, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, following a brief illness. Father came to our Diocese in 2000, when he moved […]

Clergy Changes – June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise indicated: APPOINTMENTS Upon presentation by Very Reverend Anthony Schueller, S.S.S., Provincial Superior, Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Reverend Peter Van Tuong Nguyen, S.S.S. as Priest in Charge of St. Joseph Vietnamese Mission, Tampa. Reverend Dennis […]

For the Faithful Departed ~ June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015

Reverend  Francis  A. Dauss 12/28/21- 6/13/15 Rev. Francis Dauss, a retired  priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,  age 93, went home to the Lord on June 13, 2015. He had lived in Fort Myers since his retirement in 1987. Father Dauss was ordained  for the Diocese of Peoria in 1948, and first came to […]

Obituary ~ June 1, 2015 (Updated)
June 1, 2015

Ronald W. Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L We are saddened to learn of the death of Ronald W. Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L. on Sunday, May 31, 2015. He was the Director of the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction in Clearwater, FL.  He also served as a spiritual director for some of the deacons and […]

Obituary ~ May 26, 2015
May 26, 2015

Mrs. Virginia Tottle July 7, 1927 ~ May 19, 2015 We sadly inform that Mrs. Virginia Tottle, mother of Very Rev. Gregg Tottle, V.F., Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Clearwater, passed away on May 19, 2015.  She is survived by 5 sons and 7 daughters and also by 40 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral Mass […]

Clergy Changes ~ May 26, 2015
May 26, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2015: APPOINTMENT Upon notification by Very Rev. Thomas A. Dunne, S.D.B., Provincial for the Salesians of Don Bosco, Reverend Richard F. Rosin, S.D.B., from Director of Guidance to President of  St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg. RELIEVING […]

Obituary ~ May 18, 2015
May 18, 2015

Reverend Raymond O’Neill We are saddened to announce that Father Raymond O’Neill passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Brooksville Regional Hospital. He is survived by his brother, Dr. William O’Neill, Ireland. Father O’Neill was ordained July 3, 1966, in the Archdiocese ofDublin for the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. In 1992, he was incardinated […]

Clergy Appointment ~ May 11, 2015
May 12, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective July 1,  2015: Parochial Vicar Rev. Msgr. Cesar Petilla [Palo, Philippines] from Parochial Vicar, St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa, to Our Lady of Grace Parish, Beverly Hills. —— Vol. 30 No. 18 May 11, 2015  

Obituaries ~ May 11, 2015
May 11, 2015

Reverend Damian DuQuesnay, O.S.B. Father Damian DuQuesnay, age 96, the oldest living monk in the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, left this earth for his eternal home on Friday, May 8. Greatly loved and admired by colleagues, students, faculty, and staff, Father Damian was a remarkable man of faith. A funeral Mass for Father […]

April 27, 2015 ~ Clergy Appointment
April 27, 2015

Clergy Appointment Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective July 1, 2015: Parochial Administrator Reverend George Iregi [Eldoret, Kenya] from Parochial Vicar, Christ the King Parish to Parochial Administrator of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Gulfport.   ______ Reference: Vol. 30: No. 17 ~ Apr. 27, 2015

Obituaries ~ April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015

Mr. Fintan Muldoon November 7, 1944 – April 14, 2015 We received word that Mr. Fintan Muldoon, 70, brother of Monsignor Brendan Muldoon, Pastor of St. Jerome Parish, Indian Rocks Beach, passed away in the Lord on April 14, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as ALS […]

Espiritu Santo – State Science & Engineering Fair
April 14, 2015

Two students from Espiritu Santo Catholic School recently competed at the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida and came home with awards demonstrating their hard work and creativity. Congratulations to Lily and Katelyn who traveled to Orlando to participate in the state-wide fair held on March 31 – April 2, 2015. Lily’s project won the “Polk County Regional Science and […]

April 13, 2015
April 13, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise indicated. RETIREMENT Reverend Jacob Monteleone from Pastor of Light of Christ, Clearwater, granted retirement status. Reverend Ignatius Tuoc from Pastor Epiphany of Our Lord , and Priest in Charge, St. Joseph Vietnamese Mission, Tampa, granted […]

Obituaries ~ March 30, 2015 (updated)
March 30, 2015

Karl Stevens, J.D. The Chancellor’s Office received word that Mr. Karl Stevens passed away on Saturday, March 28.  Mr. Stevens served on the board of Spirit FM and was the president of the Tampa Bay Catholic Lawyers Guild and was involved with the St. Michael Legal Center for Women and Children.  He has also helped […]

Chrism Mass
March 23, 2015

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:30 a.m., Bishop Robert N. Lynch will preside at the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude (5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, 33710). The Chrism Mass is an opportunity for us to experience a renewal and recommitment to God and the Church. If you are unable to […]