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 email@example.com in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Fr. Chuck presents 20 Questions with our Seminarian Caleb Malec! Caleb is a freshman at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. His home parish is St. Stephen in Riverview.
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.
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 […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of […]
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.
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 email@example.com in […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Today we present 20 Questions with Fr. Chuck and Br. Apollo Rodriguez, OSB. Br. Apollo is a Benedictine Monk at St. Leo Abbey in St. Leo, Florida.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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!
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Becoming a priest might have been the last thing on Deacon Joshua Bertrand’s mind if you had asked him about it in middle or high school. The only son of Robert and Marguerite Bertrand, Deacon Bertrand attended Catholic school at an early age but most of his education took place in public schools. He was […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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., 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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
For up to date information on the vision of the diocese, Courageously Living the Gospel, please click here
On Monday, December 10 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, you are invited to take a break from your hectic schedule and rest in the Lord during an evening of Eucharistic Adoration with Bishop Gregory Parks This special Advent ADORE event at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle will feature contemporary and traditional Advent […]
Vocatus is a group of men who feel that the Lord might be calling them to the incredible vocation of the Priesthood! All young men, juniors in high school and above, are invited to join us at the Pastoral Center (6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg) on Thursday, December 20th from 6:30 pm-7:30pm. You will […]
National Vocation Awareness Week is November 4-10, 2018. The theme for this year is Building a Vocation Culture in Today’s Church. Here are some resources for parishes to use, more are available online (see link below). Prayers of the Faithful: For young people in our community that they may respond generously with open hearts and willing […]
The next meeting of the John 21 Discernment group is Saturday, November 24, 2018 beginning with mass at 8:30 am. This group meets at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa (5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614). John 21 is a discernment group for young men who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering the […]
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 4-10. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Pope Francis, in his message for the 2018 World Day of Vocations, emphasized that it […]
Mark your calendar! Join Bishop Parkes to celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Family Faith Fest at Al Lopez Park in Tampa on October 27, 2018! This FREE event will have live music, fun activities for kids and adults alike, opportunities for worship (Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass) and fellowship! Visit http://www.familyfaithfest.org to plan your day and […]
Our seminarian Ralph D’Elia was ordained a deacon on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He is called a transitional deacon, meaning that he will be ordained a priest, God-willing, in May of 2019. Deacon Ralph is from St. Timothy Parish in Lutz. He is a fourth generation Tampa native. After experiencing […]
Congratulations to our seminarian, Ralph D’Elia, who was ordained a transitional deacon on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Rome. Bishop Gregory Parkes, Fr. Carl Melchior, Director of Vocations, Fr. Ken Malley, Pastor, St. Timothy Parish (Ralph’s home parish) were present for the ordination, as well as Ralph’s family and several priests from the Diocese of St. […]
Sister Helen Lange, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in Saint Leo, Florida, celebrates her 105th Birthday on Friday, September 28, 2018. She came to our community from Rowena, Texas in 1930 with cousins who would also join us – Sister Pauline and Sister Irma in 1930. Throughout her life here, Sister Helen […]
Pope Francis has ratified the members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The Synod will take place October 3-28. The delegates are: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, President of the United […]