Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – May 26, 2021
May 21, 2021

All are invited to join Fr. Chuck Dornquast at the next Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Holy Hour is sponsored by the Serra Club of St. Petersburg. Join us as we pray for an abundance of vocations to […]

Annual Bishop’s BBQ – June 2, 2021
May 17, 2021

Men, ages 15-35, are invited to join Bishop Parkes and the DOSP Seminarians for the Annual Bishop’s BBQ on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 5pm-8:30pm at the Bethany Center (18150 Bethany Center Drive, Lutz). There will be fellowship, games, fun, food and faith! RSVP to attend by clicking on this link. Please see the flyer […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – April 28, 2021
April 22, 2021

Fr. Chuck Dornquast will preside at the next Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Holy Hour is sponsored by the Serra Club of St. Petersburg. All are welcome and invited to attend. We ask that you please wear a […]

Diaconate Ordination – April 17, 2021
April 12, 2021

On Saturday, April 17, our seminarians Donald “Don” Amodeo and Zachary “Zach” Brasseur will be ordained transitional deacons at 11:00 am in Boca Raton. All are invited to watch the live video stream at http://svdp.edu/live or on St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary’s Facebook page. You can also watch the Solemn Vespers on Friday, April […]

Zoom Chat with Seminarians – April 12, 2021
March 30, 2021

Fr. Chuck will host the next Zoom Chat with Seminarians on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7pm. All men, ages 15-35, are invited to attend this online event that includes vocation stories from our seminarians and the opportunity for you to ask them questions. Please see the flyer below and RSVP to attend to Fr. […]

National Catholic Sisters Week – March 8-14, 2021
March 5, 2021

Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope … But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events […]

Focus 11 Video Contest Results
March 4, 2021

Many thanks to all of the Catholic schools and homeschool groups who participated in the Virtual Focus 11 on February 10! A great day was had by all. One new aspect of Focus 11 was a video contest. Schools and homeschool groups were asked to create a 60 second video using the theme How Does […]

Tools of Discernment Micro-Retreat – February 27, 2021
February 22, 2021

Fr. Chuck will host the next session of the Tools of Discernment Micro-Retreat on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10am-2pm at the Bethany Center in Lutz. This retreat is for single men, ages 15-35. The theme for this session is The Virtuous Life. Please click here to register to attend. If you have any questions, […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – February 24, 2021
February 22, 2021

All are welcome and invited to the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle for the Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:30pm. The holy hour will be lead by Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations. Following the holy hour Fr. Chuck will lead a discernment group for single men ages […]

Altar Server Appreciation Mass – March 21, 2021
February 16, 2021

The Youth Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. While we realize many parishes have not been having altar servers on a regular basis since last year, we still wanted to recognize those that have been serving over the years and […]

Zoom Chat With Seminarians – February 8, 2021
January 21, 2021

Men, ages 15-35, are invited to attend our next discernment opportunity, Zoom Chat With Seminarians, on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7pm. Fr. Chuck will be the host and each month includes vocation stories from different seminarians. Please see the flyer below for more information and future dates. RSVP to Fr. Chuck at spvocation@dosp.org in […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – January 27, 2021
January 21, 2021

All are welcome and invited to attend the next Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:30 pm, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Holy Hour will be lead by Fr. Drew Woodke. Fr. Drew is the Parochial Vicar at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz. Following the holy hour […]

Encounter – January 20, 2021
January 13, 2021

The Office of Vocations and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry are hosting Encounter, a night of prayer for Vocations with Eucharistic Exposition, Praise and Worship on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm, Holy Family Catholic Church (200 78th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg). All are welcome and invited to attend.  This is […]

Tools of Discernment Micro-Retreat – January 16, 2021
January 6, 2021

The next session of the Tools of Discernment Micro-Retreat, hosted by Fr. Chuck is on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Bethany Center in Lutz from 10am-2pm. This retreat is for single men, ages 15-35. The theme for this session is True Masculinity. Consider attending one of these retreats to enrich your discernment. Please see […]

20 Questions with Father Chuck and Nicholas Gunn
January 6, 2021

To start off the New Year, we present 20 questions with Fr. Chuck and our seminarian Nicholas Gunn. Nicholas began his seminary studies in August in Pre-Theology I at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. His home parish is Our Lady of Lourdes in Dunedin.

Zoom Chat with Seminarians – February 8, 2021
December 22, 2020

Please note that the Zoom Chat with Seminarians scheduled for January 11, 2021 has been cancelled. Men, ages 15-35, are invited to attend our next Zoom Chat With Seminarians, on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7pm. Fr. Chuck will be the host and you will hear vocation stories from different seminarians and also have the […]

20 Questions with Father Chuck and Don Amodeo
December 11, 2020

Fr. Chuck throws out 20 questions to our seminarian Donald Amodeo! Don is in 3rd theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Don’s home parish is St. Mary’s in Tampa.

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – December 16, 2020
December 11, 2020

All are welcome and invited to attend the next Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm, Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Holy Hour will be lead by Deacon Izzie Hernandez, a seminarian for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Following the holy hour Deacon Izzie will lead a […]

Advent Men’s Retreat – December 19, 2020
December 3, 2020

Fr. Chuck, Director of Vocations, is offering an Advent Men’s Retreat on Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 10am-7:30pm at the Bethany Center in Lutz. Men, ages 15-35 are invited to attend. There is no cost to you, however, please be sure to RSVP to hlv@dosp.org. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of […]

20 Questions with Father Chuck and Isaac Cruz
December 3, 2020

Fr. Chuck Dornquast, the Director of Vocations, asks seminarian Isaac Cruz 20 questions to get to know him better. Isaac began his seminary studies in August and is a Freshman at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. Isaac’s home parish is St. Michael the Archangel in Clearwater.

Zoom Chat With Seminarians – December 7, 2020
December 2, 2020

Men, ages 15-35, are invited to attend our next discernment opportunity, Zoom Chat With Seminarians, on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7pm. Fr. Chuck will be the host and each month includes vocations stories from different seminarians. Please see the flyer below for more information and future dates. RSVP to Fr. Chuck at spvocation@dosp.org in […]

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Mark DeSio
November 24, 2020

Mark DeSio graduated from St. John Vianney College Seminary in May 2020 and is in 1st Theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Mark is a lifelong Catholic and his uncle is Fr. Gregg Tottle, Pastor of St. Michael Parish in Clearwater. Mark’s home parish is Blessed Sacrament in Seminole.

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Benjamin Harris
November 18, 2020

Check out 20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and seminarian Benjamin Harris. Benjamin is a Freshman at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. He began his seminary studies in August. His home parish is St. Theresa in Spring Hill.

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Zachary Brasseur
November 12, 2020

Zachary Brasseur is a seminarian for the Diocese of St. Petersburg and is in 3rd Theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Zach’s home parish is St. Paul in St. Petersburg. He looks forward to his diaconate ordination in April of 2021. See how Zach responds to the challenge of 20 […]

Tools of Discernment Micro-Retreat – November 21, 2020
November 10, 2020

Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, is offering four Micro Discernment Retreats this year. The first retreat will be on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Bethany Center in Lutz from 10am-2pm. This retreat is offered to men, high school age and above. Each retreat will have a different area of focus and you can […]

Zoom Chat With Seminarians – November 9, 2020
November 6, 2020

You are invited to join Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, for our virtual discernment group, Zoom Chat with Seminarians. This discernment opportunity is open to all young men high school age and above. The next session is on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  Fr. Chuck will be the host and each month will […]

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Austin Smith
November 6, 2020

Today we introduce one of our new seminarians, Austin Smith, as he takes on 20 Questions with Fr. Chuck! Austin is a Sophomore at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and his home parish is Nativity in Brandon.

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Deacon Izzie Hernandez
November 4, 2020

Today we present Deacon Izzie Hernandez as he tackles 20 Questions with Fr. Chuck. Deacon Izzie hails from Our Lady of the Rosary in Land O’Lakes and is in his final year of formation at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Deacon Izzie will be ordained a priest, God willing, for the […]

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Sr. Lisa Perkowski, IHM
November 3, 2020

As we continue our video series for National Vocation Awareness Week, today we feature Sr. Lisa Perkowski, IHM. Sr. Lisa is the Visual Arts Teacher at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa. She is with the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

National Vocations Awareness Week – November 1 – 7, 2020
November 3, 2020

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW), celebrated November 1-7, 2020, is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.  Join the […]

20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Bishop Parkes
November 2, 2020

As we celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2020, we will be releasing a new video each day, featuring a priest, religious brother or sister, seminarian and yes even Bishop Parkes! Featured today is Bishop Gregory Parkes!

2020 Seminarian Update!
September 3, 2020

The Diocese of St. Petersburg currently has 15 seminarians studying in our two Florida seminaries, St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Bishop Parkes, with the recommendation of the Seminarian Admission Board, accepted 7 new seminarians for the Diocese who began their studies in August. […]

Deacon Drew Woodke Has Thought About Priesthood Since Third Grade
July 28, 2020

When Deacon Drew Woodke was a third-grader at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Decatur, Georgia, one of the nuns asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Deacon Drew recalls answering, “I want to be a priest when I grow up because girls are gross!” Well, fourth grade arrived and girls […]

Responding to God’s Extraordinary Call
April 23, 2020

“Just give it a year.” These are the words that Israel “Izzie” Hernandez clearly heard the Lord speak to him during Eucharistic Adoration the summer after he graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. “Before I started thinking about priesthood, all I wanted was to find a good […]

Buccaneers Team Priest is Drafted to Lead the Office of Vocations
August 23, 2019

For four years, Father Chuck Dornquast has served as “team priest” for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That means he often has a front-row seat to the nail-biting plays, passes and field goals that make up the game of football. Father Chuck now has a front-row seat to how God is working in the lives of […]

New Director of Vocations
July 3, 2019

July 1, 2019 – Today we welcome Fr. Chuck Dornquast  as our new Director of Vocations for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Fr. Chuck has been serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa since his ordination on May 16, 2015.  Fr. Chuck’s was born and raised in Zephyrhills, Florida and his home parish […]

Brother Lucius Amarillas, O.S.B., to Profess Solemn Vows on July 14
June 14, 2019

Brother Lucius Amarillas, O.S.B., a junior Benedictine monk of Saint Leo Abbey, will profess solemn vows during Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Saint Leo Abbey.  Professing solemn vows will bind Brother Lucius to the monastery and the Benedictine order for the remainder of his life. All are invited to attend […]

Newly Ordained Priests
May 31, 2019

Congratulations to Fr. Anthony Astrab, Fr. Ralph D’Elia and Fr. Joshua Hare who were ordained priests by Bishop Gregory Parkes on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Fr. Astrab’s first priestly assignment will be at Nativity Parish in Brandon as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Hare’s first priestly assignment will be […]

Bishop’s Annual BBQ
May 31, 2019

Please consider joining Bishop Parkes and the seminarians for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Bethany Center for the Annual Bishop’s BBQ. Are you interested in learning more about a vocation to the priesthood?  You are invited to join us for food, fun, fellowship and faith. […]

Three New Priests Are Ordained for the Diocese of St. Petersburg
May 19, 2019

After many years of preparation through prayer, study and discernment, Anthony Astrab, Ralph D’Elia and Joshua Hare were ordained to the Catholic priesthood on May 18, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in front of nearly 1,000 friends, family and supporters. All three were born in the Tampa Bay area. (Click here […]

Ordinations to the Priesthood on Saturday, May 18
May 15, 2019

Bishop Parkes will ordain Deacon Anthony Astrab, Deacon Ralph D’Elia and Deacon Joshua Hare to the priesthood on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. All are invited to attend this joyous occasion! Scroll to the bottom of this page to see videos of the three deacons […]

World Day of Prayer for Vocations
May 3, 2019

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is recognized on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  The message for the 2019 World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled “The Courage to Take a Risk for God’s Promise”  To read Pope Francis’ message, in its entirety,  in English, please click here and in Spanish please click here The purpose of the […]

Ordinations to the Priesthood
May 3, 2019

Please join us on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle as Bishop Gregory Parkes ordains Anthony Astrab, Ralph D’Elia and Joshua Hare to the Sacred Order of Priesthood. All are welcome and invited to attend.  If you cannot attend in person, the ordination will be live […]

Transitional Deacon Ordinations
April 1, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 am, Connor Penn and Drew Woodke will be ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  The ordination will take place at 11:00 am in Boca Raton!  All are invited to participate by watching the live video stream here. Please keep Connor and Drew in your prayers!

Women’s Discernment Day Postponed
April 1, 2019

The Women’s Discernment Day that was scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 has been postponed. We hope to reschedule the date this fall in October or November.  More information will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or email.

Celebrating Women Religious During National Catholic Sisters Week
March 8, 2019

National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) is an annual celebration that takes place from March 8 through March 14. Created to honor women religious, it is a week to bring greater focus and attention to the lives of these incredible women and to recognize all they have done for their communities, the world, and the Church.  […]

900 Students Learn About Vocations at Fun, Focus 11 Event
February 25, 2019

Over 900 sixth graders from Catholic schools across the five counties of the Diocese of St. Petersburg participated in the annual Focus 11 program February 12 -13 at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa. A major part of this vocations awareness retreat is hearing from men and women who have said yes to God’s call to […]

Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass
February 19, 2019

Our Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle at 3:00 pm.  A light reception will follow in the Parish Center.  All are invited to attend. Below is the memo and RSVP form that has been sent to all parishes, as well as the […]

Focus 11 2019
January 4, 2019

Focus 11 2019 will be held on Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at St. Lawrence Parish in Higgins Hall.  We invite all religious orders in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to register to attend this event.  Please click here to register. We are happy to announce that our keynote speaker for this year […]

Annual Vocations Workshop (Date Has Changed!)
December 19, 2018

We have postponed the Vocations Workshop that was scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019.  The new date is Saturday, February 23, 2019!  The workshop will be at the Bethany Center in Lutz.  The day will begin with mass at 9:00 am in the St. James Chapel, followed by check-in.  The day will conclude at 2:00 pm. Our theme this […]