Category Archives: News

Focus 11 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… Read More

Holy Hour for Vocations

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The February Holy Hour is on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy Hours for Vocations.

Annual Vocations Workshop (Date Has Changed!)

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… Read More

Congratulations Deacon Ralph D’Elia

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…. Read More

Welcome to our New Seminarians

Bishop Parkes, per the recommendation of the Seminarian Admission Board, has accepted four new seminarians who will begin their seminary studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami in August. The new seminarians are as follows: Paul Ciulei – home parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin Phillip Dvorak – home parish: St. John Vianney, St…. Read More

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Congratulations to our newly ordained priests! Fr. Kyle Bell will begin his first priestly assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Tarpon Springs. Fr. Lou Turcotte will begin his first priestly assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz. Fr. Tim Williford will begin his first priestly assignment as… Read More

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is recognized on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  The message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”  To read Pope Francis’ message, in its entirety,  in English, please click here and in Spanish please click here The purpose of the World Day… Read More

National Catholic Sisters Week

Since 2014 National Catholic Sisters Week has been celebrated from March 8-14. NCSW is a dedicated celebration of Catholic Sisters intended to raise awareness of their vital contributions, both past and present. National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes.  The hope… Read More