2021 Annual Report
April 5, 2022

Each year, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is blessed with gifts of time, talent and treasure from our faith family across the five counties that make up our diocese. As Bishop Parkes explains in his introductory note, “The generosity that you have shown through your support of our ministry and services here in the Diocese …

Congratulations St. Brendan Parish!
March 7, 2022

Parish leaders have spent months planning and diligently working to complete recommended activities and run a successful and positive Catholic Ministry Appeal active phase.  And now, the first parish has officially exceeded its goal for our new Catholic Ministry Appeal. Congratulations St. Brendan Parish Family for surpassing goal in record time! “This accomplishment has little …

Successful Commitment Weekends!
February 4, 2022

Throughout January, parishes and missions began sharing information about the new Catholic Ministry Appeal through the bulletin, from the pulpit, on their websites and via social media channels. In addition, parishioners received a mailing from Bishop Parkes and a follow-up communication from their pastor. All of this laid the groundwork for pastors to ask parishioners …

Advent Discernment Retreat
November 17, 2021

Fr. Chuck, Director of Vocations, is offering an Advent Discernment Retreat on Tuesday, December 21, 2020 from 10am-8pm at Our Lady of the Rosary, in Land O’ Lakes. Men discerning the priesthood, ages 15-35 are invited to attend. There is no cost to you. Retreat will be led by Fr. Samuel Fontana, the Dean of …

Parish Vocation Ministry Workshop
November 10, 2021

Parish and school representatives are invited to join us for this workshop as we learn how to better promote and foster vocations in our faith communities. Click here to register.

St. Andrews Dinner
November 9, 2021

Young men are invited to join us, with their pastors, for a casual dinner with Bishop Parkes and Fr. Chuck Dornquast. To RSVP please click on HERE.

Encounter Holy Hour
September 8, 2021

Encounter is a prayer event put on by the Offices of Vocations & Youth and Young Adult Ministries. We gather to pray for vocations in front of the Blessed Sacrament and with praise and worship. All are invited to this night of prayer. We hope to see you there. We begin at 7:00pm. For future …

Abundance Holy Hour
August 24, 2021

The holy hour is sponsored by the Serra Club and the Office of Vocations. Please join us as we pray for an abundance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. This holy hour is open to anyone who would like to pray for vocations. This time of prayer …

Abundance Holy Hour
July 28, 2021

We invite you to join Deacon Don Amodeo, Seminarian for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, as he leads the next Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The holy hour is sponsored by the Serra Club and the Office of Vocations. Please join …

Facebook Live with a Future Father – May 10, 2021
April 16, 2021

Deacon Israel “Izzie” Hernandez will share his journey to the priesthood during a Facebook Live on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Facebook page: facebook.com/diostpete. Listen to his vocation story and participate in a live Q&A. Event flyer: Rectangle | horizontal | square Deacon Hernandez will be ordained …

Priesthood Ordination – May 15, 2021
April 15, 2021

Mark your calendars for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Israel “Izzie” Hernandez on May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Seating will be limited within the Cathedral, but the ordination will also be live streamed at dosp.org/livestream, on Facebook.com/diostpete, and on YouTube.com/dioceseofstpete. Deacon Israel “Izzie” Antonio …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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!

Friends of the Seminary Virtual Event – October 23, 2020
September 10, 2020

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is hosting a special virtual Friends of the Seminary (FOS) to benefit the seminary. This special virtual event will include several elements. Beginning with a live link to Mass from St. Vincent Chapel, with the homilist this year being former Rector, Bishop David L. Toups of the Diocese of …

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. …

Ordinations to the Priesthood – August 15, 2020
July 29, 2020

Click here to view the livestream of the ordination today, August 15th, at 11:00 a.m. The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordinations to the Priesthood of Reverend Mr. Joshua Anthony Bertrand, Reverend Mr. Connor David Penn and Reverend Mr. Mark Andrew Woodke. Learn more about the soon-to-be priests below! The candidates will …

Facebook Live with Future Fathers – August 8, 2020
July 28, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm on facebook.com/diostpete Deacon Joshua Bertrand, Deacon Connor Penn and Deacon Drew Woodke will share their journey to the priesthood during this Facebook Live.  Listen to their vocation stories and participate in a live Q&A. The three deacons will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, August 15, 2020. …

Former Journalism Major Deacon Connor Penn Looks Forward to Sharing the Good News as a Catholic Priest
July 28, 2020

When Deacon Connor Penn was trying to decide if God was calling him to the priesthood, he asked for a sign. Later that day, a friend told him, “Have you ever thought about becoming a priest, because I think you’d make a great priest.”  At that moment and other times throughout his life, Deacon Penn …