Ordinations to the Priesthood – August 15, 2020

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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 be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg. Due to spacing limitations resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Ordination Mass will be a ticketed event. Only priests and guests of the ordinandi will attend the Ordination Mass in person.  However, all are invited to view the Mass via livestream on our diocesan website at https://www.dosp.org/livestream.

The Vespers Service will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church (821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa). All are welcome, as social distancing permits. Tickets for the Vespers Service are not required, however we ask that you use a face covering if you plan on attending in person.  The Vesper Service will also be live streamed on Christ the King’s website at https://ctk-tampa.org/news/live-stream-special-events/.

Get to know the deacons

Facebook Live Recording

On August 8, 2020, our future fathers – Deacon Joshua Bertrand, Deacon Connor Penn, and Deacon Drew Woodke did a Facebook Live. They shared their vocation stories and participated in a live Q&A. This is a recording of that Facebook Live.



Path to Priesthood has Been a “Long Slow Road” for Deacon Joshua Bertrand

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

Deacon Drew Woodke Has Thought About Priesthood Since Third Grade


Click here to listen to a radio interview with Deacon Joshua Bertrand that is airing on Spirit FM 90.5.

Click here to listen to a radio interview with Deacon Drew Woodke that is airing on Spirit FM 90.5.

Click here to listen to a radio interview with Deacon Connor Penn that is airing on Spirit FM 90.5.

Please keep Deacons Bertrand, Penn and Woodke in prayer as they await the day of their ordination to the Sacred Priesthood on the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption!

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