Path to Priesthood has Been a “Long Slow Road” for Deacon Joshua Bertrand
July 28, 2020

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 …

Zoom Chat With Seminarians – May & June Dates
May 6, 2020

Zoom Chat With Seminarians and Fr. Chuck will continue in May and June! Please see the flyer below for dates and other information. Each group will meet once a month, on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Please remember to RSVP to Fr. Chuck at

Zoom Chat With Seminarians
April 6, 2020

During the Covid-19 crisis, many of us are asked to stay home, avoiding large gatherings and crowds, in order to help stop the spread of the virus. Having this time provides an opportunity for you to dive deeper into discernment. Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, would like to invite you to a unique, weekly …

Holy Hour For Vocations, March 25, 2020, ABUNDANCE!
February 21, 2020

We have restructured and revamped the monthly Holy Hour for Vocations! Please join us for ABUNDANCE on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Cathedral of Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Avenue North) at 7:00 pm. There will be Adoration and Chanted Evening Prayer. All are welcome and invited to attend. Please see the flyer below.

Vocation Awareness Weekend
October 29, 2019

Is the Lord inviting you to take a step toward him? The Office of Vocations is offering you the opportunity to visit the minor seminary to experience the life of our seminarians. The weekend will take place November 8-10, 2019. Transportation is provided and there is no cost to you. For more information please contact …

Holy Hour for Vocations
September 25, 2019

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, will preside. The December Holy Hour is on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy Hours …

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 …

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.  …

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 …

O Come Let Us ADORE Him!
December 7, 2018

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 Discernment Group
December 7, 2018

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 Encourages Young People to Encounter Christ’s Call
October 25, 2018

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 …

Family Faith Fest
October 2, 2018

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 to plan your day and …

Congratulations Deacon Ralph D’Elia
September 28, 2018

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. …

Sr. Helen Lange Continues to Be a Gift on her 105th Birthday
September 20, 2018

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 …

U.S. Bishop Delegates Approved for Upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment
July 30, 2018

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 …

The Diocese of St. Petersburg Establishes the Nazareth House of Formation
June 18, 2018

This summer, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is introducing the Nazareth House, a new summer residence for seminarians to grow in faith and community while serving others. The house is named after the town where Jesus lived during his youth and young adult years. “Nazareth is where our Lord grew and was formed for public …

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 …