National Vocation Awareness Week
October 10, 2019

The Office of Vocations invites you to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life during National Vocation Awareness Week, November 3-8, 2019. The theme for this year is Family: The Foundation for Vocations. Vocation Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote a culture of vocations across the Diocese. We would like to designate […]

Holy Hour for Vocations
September 25, 2019

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, will preside. The November Holy Hour is on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy Hours […]

Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women
September 20, 2019

The Office of Vocations will host Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am until 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Hear the stories of the women religious who have courageously served in the Diocese of St. Petersburg! […]

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 […]